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Parent Involvement Policy

2015-2016

Revised September 2015

 

Due to the school’s socio-economic standing DeKalb Preparatory Academy is fully vested in the Title I Program. As of February 2012, The State of Georgia was granted a waiver from No Child Left Behind. According to the definitions in the waiver, DeKalb Preparatory Academy has jointly developed this policy and compact with our parents to describe how we will support the important role of parents in the education of their children. In cases where the students reside in a Neglected and Delinquent residential facility, a representative from that Facility can serve as a proxy for the parent(s). At DeKalb Preparatory Academy, we build capacity for parent/community involvement by implementing the six types of involvement: Parenting, Communications, Parent Volunteering, Learning at Home, Decision-making and Governance, and Collaboration and Exchanges in the Community. Based on the requirements of Title I Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 Reauthorization (ESEA), Section 1118 and the needs identified by our parents and school staff surveys, we will provide reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request. The following strategies were outlined:

  •  An Annual Title I information session and other flexible scheduled meetings will be held throughout the school year. These meetings will cover the following information:
    • Title I Programs
    • Parent ‘s right to know about Teacher and Paraprofessional qualifications
    • Parent Information Workshops & Parent volunteering
    • School policies and procedures
    • School curriculum
    • Student assessments
    • Local and State assessments
    • Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (K l2)
      1. Georgia Miles Stones
    • Transitioning from:
      1. Pre-K, Head Start and other such programs to DeKalb Preparatory Academy
  • Parents will receive information from our school in a timely manner. DeKalb Preparatory Academy currently uses the following methods of communication to provide parents with timely information:
    • E-mail
    • School Web Site
    • Student Grade Reports
    • Counselors
    • Infinite Campus
  • DeKalb Preparatory Academy will build our parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement. In order to ensure effective involvement, DPA encourages all families to be education partners in their children’s school success by :
    • Hosting and inviting parents to attend meetings and school sponsored events to support their students education.
    • Inviting parents to serve on committees and/or give their input as it relates to the use of Title I funds, Parent Policies, and Action Planning Comm tittles.
    • Providing meetings held during the school day and outside school hours. These dates and times will be listed on the school website and will also be sent home to parents via newsletter and email.
    • Visiting our Parent Resource Center; which will be open Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m . to 3:30p.m. Parents have access to several resources to assist them in bridging the gap between school and home.
    • Parents will be given the opportunity to attend Parent Workshops on topics such as: Homework Strategies, Self-help Strategies. Our Parent Resource Center has 3 computers, and various books and research material to assist parents with parenting skills and assisting their children in school.
    • Providing transitioning activities such as town hall meetings/State of the School Meetings, activities to include local Pre-K, Head Start, and other such programs.
    • Providing reasonable support such as parent advisory teams, to recommended additional support needed by families in order to participate in school activities.
  • Parents will be provided information on school performance and students individual assessments:
    • Information on school performance is sent home with students and is on the webpage and the teacher’s biogs. Additional copies are available in the front office and on the front entrance desk.
    • Georgia Milestones results, 3rd,5th and 6th Grade Writing and ITBS.
    • Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held to further assist parents with the opportunity to give input on how to work with their children.
  • Parents and community members will be given timely responses to their concerns and suggestions.
    • All concerns and suggestions submitted in writing or verbally are responded to in  a timely manner. Concerns and suggestions regarding the Title I Plan will be submitted to the Title I Coordinator.
  • School Parent Compact
    • The parent compact was developed jointly with our parents, staff, and (students). All families, school staff, and students are asked to participate by signing the compact to show their support.
  • School and Community Partnership
    • Our school will build ties between home and school by educating teachers, pupil services personnel, administration, and other staff by gathering input from parents on how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal educational partners.
    • Our school will begin to seek partnerships with the local community churches, organizations and businesses.

 

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