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Parental Involvement Plan

Brantley School is committed to the goal of providing a quality education for every child in the system. Research has proven that when schools and parents form strong partnerships, all children's potential for academic success improves significantly. In accordance with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title I Part A, Section 1118, all parent involvement programs, activities and procedures will be planned and implemented using meaningful consultation with parents of participating children and follow all requirements of the Title I regulations. Brantley School has established objectives, programs, strategies, and activities that enhance parent involvement and reflect the specific needs of students and their families.

Brantley School will involve parents in the development of Title I School-Wide Plans at each school, in the development of the Federal Programs Consolidated Plan, and in the process of school review and improvement if and when a school is identified for Title I school improvement. Brantley School also supports the development, implementation, and evaluation of a parent involvement plan throughout our school, which will involve parents at all grade levels in a variety of roles.

Although most objectives, strategies, and activities are planned at the local schools, others are addressed system-wide. Brantley School will collaborate with the central office to provide coordination of funding, technical assistance and other support necessary to assist in planning and implementing effective parental involvement. Representatives from Brantley School will: (1) work closely with the school's parent involvement committees, the faculty and staff, and the school's Title I School-Wide Committee to ensure that local, state and federal guidelines are addressed; (2) schedule ongoing in-service sessions to educate teachers and support personnel on methods, strategies, and activities to improve parental involvement; (3) work cooperatively with community agencies and businesses in order to form partnerships which will encourage parental involvement and services to families; (4) provide parenting education classes, family literacy classes, workshops, and professional training for parents; (5) provide parent materials, supplies, and curriculum; and (6) provide a system-wide committee of parents, teachers, and administrators to guide Brantley School's overall parental involvement efforts. The parent involvement program will be comprehensive and collaborative in nature and will include, but not be limited to, the following objectives: 

 

A. Provide opportunities for all parents to become involved in decision-making process about how the parent/family involvement programs will be designed, implemented, evaluated, and revised; 

 

B. Promote activities and programs for families to become involved in how the parent/family involvement programs will be designed, implemented, evaluated and revised; educational process in order to provide academic assistance at home and at school;

 

C. Promote and support parenting skill instruction;

 

D. Utilize a variety of communication tools on a regular basis to facilitate effective home/school communication;  

 

E. Link parents to programs and resources within the community that provide services to the families;

 

F. Provide professional development and in-service for teachers and staff to enhance their effectiveness with parents; 

 

G. Disseminate information on discipline procedures, assessments, school reforms, safety, curriculum, policy, etc. to parents in a timely manner; 

 

H. Support administrative leadership in setting expectations and creating a climate conducive to parental participation;

 

I. Support involvement of parents of children at all ages and grade levels;

 

J. Recognize diverse family structures, circumstances and responsibilities, including cultural differences, and work to eliminate barriers that hinder participation in parent/family involvement programs;

 

K. Assess the effectiveness of parental participation activities, strategies, programs, and policy, and parenting education classes in the improvement of schools, and;

 

L. Report and use evaluation findings to revise the school-level parent involvement and plans and the system-wide parent involvement policy in order to effectively improve student academic achievement, the social and emotional welfare of students, and the school's educational environment.

 

Parental involvement at Brantley School will also be encouraged during Open House, Parent Visitation Day and Grandparents Day. The following activities and others will be utilized to provide parental involvement in the system: parent surveys, parent compacts, discussion groups, parent newsletters, parenting classes, home visits, Statewide Parenting Day, "make and take" workshops, PTA meetings, parent/teacher conferences, timely notification to parents of students who are experiencing difficulties, volunteer programs, and Parent Resource Center.

Prospective students and parents will be given an opportunity to visit our school before enrollment. Students and parents will be assisted in making a transition from preschool to kindergarten, elementary to middle, or middle to high school by being invited to attend activities including: 1) tour of the school, (2) orientation programs, (3) PTA Open House, (4) special programs, (5) workshops, and (6) a summer program for preschool students and their parents for transitional activities at the elementary school. The system works closely with our countywide Head Start Program, and a great amount of collaboration exists between Early Intervention, Kindergarten, and Head Start Programs.

Parental involvement activities are coordinated and integrated with other educational services at Highland Home School to meet the needs of students identified as homeless and limited English proficient.  Presently, there are no identified neglected/delinquent or immigrant students who reside within Highland Home School. However, should any of these programs become needed, a plan has been developed and services are ready to be provided and coordinated through the office of the Supplementary Services Coordinator.

It is the position of Brantley School that all persons will be afforded equal access or participation on the basis of selection criteria included in the law. This includes gender, race, religion, national origin/ethic group, color, disability, or age. Beyond those types, Brantley School assures that all parents will be given equal access to parental involvement programs. Any instance to the contrary will be thoroughly investigated by the administrators and resolved in a timely manner to the advantage of any qualifying person.

Brantley School acknowledges that involving parents is essential to improving student achievement and will work to foster and actively support parental involvement.

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