Bowman Creek Parent Involvement Policy and Procedures
Bowman Creek Elementary is committed to the goal of providing quality education for every child. To this end, we want to establish partnerships with parents and with the community. Everyone gains if Bowman Creek and home work together to promote high achievement by our children. Neither home nor Bowman Creek Elementary can do the job alone. Parents play an extremely important role as children’s first teachers. Support for their children and for the school is critical to children’s success at every step along the way.
Bowman Creek Elementary recognizes that some students may need the extra assistance available through the Learning Assistance Program (LAP) to reach the state’s high academic standards. Bowman Creek Elementary intends to include parents in all aspects of the school’s LAP program. The goal is a school-home partnership that will help all students to succeed.
Part 1 – SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY REQUIRED COMPONENTS
- Bowman Creek Elementary will jointly develop/revise with parents the school parental involvement policy/procedures and distribute it to parents of participating children and make available the parent involvement policy/procedures to the local community.
- Invite parents to participate and provide feedback
- Present to PTA
- Post on the Bowman Creek Website
- Convene an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents of participating children shall be invited and encouraged to attend, to inform parents of their school’s participation under this part and to explain requirements of this part, and the right of parents to be involved.
Actions: Invitation to be made for later in the year when we have more definitive information related to COVID and in-person learning.
- Offer flexible meeting opportunities, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and provide, with funds provided under this part, transportation, or home visits, as such services related to parental involvement pursuant to COVID restrictions. Sign-in sheet will document parent visitors.
Action: LAP room is open from 7:30am – 4:30pm daily. LAP staff were available during material pick-up weeks of 9/28/20 and 10/5/20 and conferences (Nov. 18-20, 2020).
- Involve parents, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and involvement of the school plan under Section 1112, Schoolwide under Section 1114, and the process of the school review and improvement under Section 1116.
Action: To be presented during PTA meeting (TBD).
Posted to Bowman Creek website (11/18/20)
- Provide parents of participating children –
- Timely information about programs under this part.
- A description and explanation of the current curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure students progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
- If requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children, and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practically possible.
Actions: Student Learning Plan includes details on assessment and curriculum in use. Student Learning Plans are distributed in November and at the end of each reporting period.
Details also posted to Bowman Creek LAP website (11/18/20)
- If LAP program plan is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, submit any parent comments on the plan when the school makes the plan available to the district.
- Bowman Creek Elementary will inform parents and parental organizations of the purpose and existence of the Parental Information and Resources Center (PIRC) in Washington.
Action: Posted to Bowman Creek LAP website (11/18/20)
Part II – REQUIRED SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIGH STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHEIVEMENT
As a component of the school-level parental policy, each school shall jointly develop with parents for all children served under this part, a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved academic achievement.
-Conduct a parent/teacher conference in elementary school, annually (at a minimum), during which the compact shall be discussed as the compact relates to the individual child’s achievement.
-Provide frequent reports to parents on their child’s progress.
-Provide parents with reasonable access to staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class and observation of classroom activities. Not currently available due to COVID restrictions.
Actions: Parent volunteer opportunities will be presented in the future pursuant to COVID restrictions.
LAP staff were available during conference week (11/18-11/20) to meet with parents to discuss their child’s progress
BUILDING CAPACITY REQUIREMENTS FOR INVOLVEMENT
To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, each school and the district under this part –
- Shall provide assistance to the parents of children served by the school or district, as appropriate, in understanding such topics as the state’s academic content standards and state students academic achievement standards. State and district assessments, the requirements of this part, and how to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children.
Actions: Details included with Student Learning Plans distributed in November and updated each reporting period. Additional information available on the Bowman Creek LAP website.
- Shall provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement - Ongoing and pursuant to COVID restrictions. Ideas and assistance posted on Bowman Creek website.
Actions: Training and materials made available by the LAP Reading Room as well as classroom teachers throughout the year. Additional opportunities available each trimester.
- Shall educate teachers, pupil 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, and build ties between parents and school.
Monthly School Newsletter distributed to families.
Monthly classroom newsletters
Monthly access to Parents Make the Difference newsletter.
Bowman Creek website
- Shall to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, the Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, and public preschool and other programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children.
Actions: Year-long professional learning communities offer kindergarten teachers opportunities to team with Head Start and coordinate learning goals and expectations.
- Shall 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 practicable, in a language parents can understand.
Actions: Monthly school newsletters, weekly classroom newsletters, and frequently updated school website keep parents informed of meetings and parent programs.
- Shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under this part as parents may request.
Actions: TBD as required and pursuant to COVID restrictions.
- May involve parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of such training.
- May provide necessary literacy training from funds received under this part if the district has exhausted all other reasonable available sources of funding for such training.
- May pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with the local parental involvement activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions.
- May train parents to enhance the involvement of other parents.
- May 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 such conferences at school, in order to maximize parental involvement and participation.
- May adopt and implement model approaches to improving parental involvement.
- May establish a district parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in programs supported under this section.
- May develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses in parent involvement activities.
Part III - ACCESSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
In carrying out the parental involvement requirements districts and schools, to the extent practicable, shall provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with children with limited English proficiency, parents with children with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language such parents can understand.
Actions: The Auburn School District provides translators and a phone-translation service to communicate with non-English speaking families.
Part IV – ADOPTION
This Bowman Creek Elementary Parental Involvement Policy/Procedures have been developed/revised jointly with, and agreed upon with, parents of children participating in LAP program, as evidenced by the signature page.
The Parent Involvement Policy/Procedures were developed/revised by Bowman Creek on 10/19/2020 and will be in effect for the period of the 2020-2021 school year. The school will distribute these Parent Involvement Policy/Procedures to all parents of participating LAP children and made available to the community on or before 11/20/2020.
(Signature of LAP Authorized Representative
These parents were involved with the development of this document: