2015-2016 Parental Involvement Policy

  •                                2015-2016 Parental Involvement Policy

    General Expectations

    Jones Futures Academy is dedicated to providing an environment for all students to be successful.  To help accomplish this task, Jones Futures Academy will build a strong partnership with parents, students and stakeholders.  Jones Futures Academy will work to ensure that the required school level parental polices meet the requirement of section 1118 of the ESEA.

     

    The policy will agree to implement the following:

     

    a.       Involve parents in the development of our policy and the School-Parent Compact.

    b.      Provide full opportunities for participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children.

    c.       Assist parents with becoming actively involved in the achievement of their child’s education.

    The policy was developed with the assistance and approval of parents, students, and JFA parent liaison, teachers and administrative team. 

     

    Campus Policy Requirements

    The parent involvement policy states how the school:

     

    1.      Convene an annual meeting, at a convenient time- to which all parents shall be involved and encouraged to attend- to inform parents of their school’s participation under the Title I program, and the rights of the parents to be involved.  The Annual Title I Parent Meeting for the 2015-2016 school year was held on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 @ 6:00 p.m. in the school auditorium.

     

    2.      Hold a minimum of 4 meetings, to inform parents of the school’s participation in Title 1, Part A programs, which will be held either in the morning or evenings to accommodate parents’ schedules. 

    ·         Meetings dates are September 24, 2015, November 19, 2015, February 18, 2016 and April 21, 2016. 

     

    3.      Involve parents, in the planning, reviewing and improvement of programs under Title 1 and the school parental involvement policy.  Meetings will be posted on the school website, call outs will be made to all parents, and flyers will be sent home, in the parent/student’s home language.

    (i.e. English, Spanish, Vietnamese.) 

     4.      Provide information to the parents of participating children in a timely manner about programs offered (including in-school tutorials, school day intervention, credit recovery and summer school).  Included, will be a description and explanation of JFA curriculum, the forms of academic

    assessments used to measure student’s progress and proficiency level (STAAR, PSAT, RPTE);  and the opportunity for parents to be actively involved in the education of their child. 

     

    5.       If the school-wide program plan is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school will submit parent’s comments about the plan to the Departments of External funding and revise the plan as advised by the HISD Title I, Part A Parental Involvement Program Administrator and other District designees as advised.

     

    6.      Shared Responsibilities for High Student Academic Achievement

                   As a component of the school level parental involvement policy, each school served  

                   under this part, shall jointly develop with parents for all children served, a

                   School-Parent Compact.  This compact outlines how parents, the entire school staff,

                   and the students will share responsibility for improved student academic achievement

                   and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership

                   that will help children achieve the States high standards.  The school-parent compact is

                   in effect for during the 2015-2016 school year. 

     

                          The Compact shall:

     

              •  Describe Jones Futures Academy responsibility to provide high-quality

                  curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning

                  environment that enables the participating student to meet the state’s

                  student academic standard, (STAAR).

              •  Ways in which each parent will be responsible for supporting their child’s

                   learning such as monitoring attendance, homework completion,

                   volunteering in their child’s classroom.

              •  Ways in which each parent will participate, as appropriate, in decisions

                   relating to the education of their child and positive use of extracurricular

                   time.

              •  Address the importance of communication between teachers and parents

                  on an ongoing basis through, at minimum parent-teacher conferences, at

                  least annually, frequent reports to parents on their child’s progress, and

                  reasonable access to staff, by providing opportunities to volunteer and

                  observing the classroom.

                              The School-Parent Compact for the 2015-2016 school year was distributed on

                          September 9, 2014.

     

     

    7.       Building Capacity for Involvement- To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community;  To improve student academic achievement, the campus will build the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement by implementing required activities.  Jones Futures Academy will:

     

          •   assist parents of the children being served in understanding the Texas

               Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS); the State of Texas Assessment of

               Academic Readiness (STAAR); the district and school’s assessments: how to

               monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve achievement

               of their children.

          •   provide materials and training to help parents work with their child,   

                such as literacy training and using technology to foster parental involvement.

          •    educate teachers, pupils services personnel, principals, and other staff,

                with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of

                parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with

                parents as equal partners; implement and coordinate parent programs; build

                ties between parents and the school. 

          •    to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate

               parental involvement programs and activities with other programs, such as

               GradeSpeed, Volunteers in Public School (VIPS), college applications and

               scholarships, and computer literacy sessions.

          •    ensure that information related to school and parent programs,

               meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in

               a format and, to the extent practical, in a language the parents can  

               understand. 

          •    provide reasonable support for parental involvement activities such as

               parent resource centers that encourage and support parents to be involved.

     

    8.      Building Capacity for Involvement- To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community;  To improve student academic achievement, the campus will build the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement by implementing optional activities.  Jones Futures Academy may:

     

                  •    involve parents in the development of training for teachers, principals,

                        and other educators to improve the effectiveness of such training.

                  •    provide necessary literacy training from funds received under this part.

                  •    pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with local parental

                       involvement activities, including transportation and child care cost, to enable

                       parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions.   

     

                 •   train parents to enhance the involvement of other parents.

                 •   arrange school meetings at a variety of times, or conduct in-home

                conferences between teachers or other educators who work directly with

                participating children with parents who are unable to attend conferences at the

                school in order to maximize parental involvement and participation. 

                •   adopt and implement model approaches to improving parental

                 involvement.

                  

    9.      Parent Accessibility- To ensure the full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and  parents with migratory children, including providing information and school reports in a format and to the extent practical in the language that parents can understand. 

     

    10.  Sign-In Sheet and Meeting Minutes- Documentation of parents who jointly developed and agreed with the schools’ parent policy is available in the Title I, Part A bin for the 2015-2016 school year.

     

    Adoption

    This School Parents Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with parents participating in the Title I, Part A program, as evidenced by the meeting on

     December 8, 2014.

     

    This policy was adopted by the Houston Independent School District and Jones Futures Academy on December 11, 2014 and will be in effect for the 2014-2015 school year.  Jones Futures Academy will distribute this policy and will be posted on the school’s website for all parents of participating Title 1, Part A children on or before December 16, 2014.

     

     

     

     

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    Geovanny Ponce, Principal                                                                                    Date