Gatesville Intermediate Parent and Family Engagement Policy 2019-2020
Public Law 114-95 Section 1116 (b)(c)
It is the policy of Gatesville Intermediate, as a part of Gatesville Independent School District, to ensure that all students achieve high academic standards. Parental involvement is an important component of student achievement and it is the policy to:
Involve parents in the joint development and evaluation of its Parent and Family Engagement Policy decision making process by including parent representatives in leadership committees, such as SBDM (Site Based Decision Making), DEIC (District-wide Educational Improvement Committee), and SHAC (Student Health Advisory Committee), and maintaining open communication between teachers and parents, including daily correspondence using school/home folders, weekly informational flyers, phone calls/emails, mid-grading period progress reports, and report cards. The School Messenger will provide emergency announcements, absence notifications, and NutriKid updates.
Inform parents of the school’s participation in Title I, Part A with explanation by having an annual meeting to inform parents of campus information and school/parental responsibilities while encouraging parents to attend.
Welcome parents into the building to volunteer, to participate in special activities such as Meet the Teacher, Open House, and to attend conferences such as teacher-parent conferences, LPAC (Language Proficiency Assessment Committee), 504, and ARD (Admission, Review, Dismissal) meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions about the education of their children.
Provide parents with an individual student report about the performance on state assessment in math, writing, science, and reading for grades assessed and send scores and explanations on district assessments such as BAS (Benchmark Assessment System), and state parent assessment reports home as they are received from TEA (Texas Education Agency).
Provide assistance to parents of children served by the school, in understanding the state’s content/curriculum standards, student achievement standards on state assessments, requirements of Title I, Part A, as well as how to monitor their child’s progress, and how to work with educators.
Provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement, such as literacy training and use of technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement including school registration, newsletters, use of parent portal, campus website (in.gatesvilleisd.org), and calendars of parent/family activities.
With parent assistance, educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools via an organized parental involvement organization and a Parental/Family Involvement Committee that works with parent/family volunteers.
Coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with local outreach programs and community assistance. The school will conduct other activities that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education and socialization of their children including registration, informational meetings, community activities, and awareness in print and on social media.
Ensure that information related to the school and parent-programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format and including alternative formats upon request, and to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand, with required forms available in Spanish and English, and translators on the campus.
Once the campus improvement plan (CIP) is adopted by the school board, it will be placed on the school website.
This policy was reviewed and revised by a committee of parents and educators on April 23, 2019.