PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY
Mount Sterling Elementary
The legal definition of a “parent” is a parent, stepparent, or foster parent of a student or a person who has legal custody of a student pursuant to a court order and with whom the student resides.
For the purposes of this policy we will use the term “parent” to encompass all diverse family situations.
We commit to:
- Provide parents with frequent reports on their child’s progress. Specifically we will provide formal reports every nine weeks.
- Offering practical suggestions to parents on how they can support student learning at home.
- Making representative parents and community members full partners in our decision-making.
- Facilitating the involvement of our parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children.
- Seeking and supporting adult volunteers to work with and inspire our students, as well as making every effort when legally appropriate to accommodate the involvement of adults other than parents who are already involved in a student’s life.
- Providing high quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that will enable students to meet the state’s academic expectations.
- Send home newsletters that include information on ways families can help students learn.
- Support an active Parent Teacher Association or Organization.
- Provide parents opportunities including but not limited to observing their child’s classroom activities, tutoring, preparing materials, mailings, refreshments, and other items needed for family and community involvement, serving on one of our school committees
- Ensure that all adult volunteers working in our school and with our students are subject to board policy and state law regarding criminal record checks, as applicable.
We will honor these commitments through a school-parent compact. During an annual meeting with parents, we will review the compact with parents, ask for input and then revise, if necessary, the compact.
Our students’ parents, families, extended families, students themselves, as well as our local community are all considered partners who share responsibilities for high student academic achievement. Following are the responsibilities for the school, the parents, and the students:
AS A PARENT/GUARDIAN, I WILL ENCOURAGE MY CHILD’S LEARNING BY:
*Requiring regular school attendance
*Encouraging positive attitudes about school
*Providing a quiet study area
*Establishing a regular time for homework
*Attending parent-teacher conferences
*Communicate regularly with my child’s teacher
AS A STUDENT, I WILL BECOME AN ACTIVE LEARNER BY:
*Attending school regularly
*Being on time for class
*Completing my assignments
*Cooperating with parents and teachers
*Respecting the rights and property of others
AS A TEACHER, I WILL ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT STUDENT LEARNING BY:
*Demonstrating care and concern for each student
*Providing parents with regular reports of their child’s progress
*Welcoming the participation of parents in the classroom and their support in helping their child achieve educational goals
*Providing a safe, positive and well-managed environment where all children are treated with fairness, respect and compassion
*Holding parent conference(s)
AS A PRINCIPAL, I WILL SUPPORT THIS CONTRACT AND WILL STRIVE TO DO THE FOLLOWING:
*Provide an environment that allows for positive communication between the teacher, parent and student
*Provide a quality curriculum and instructional practices that will allow students to become effective citizens.
*Provide opportunities for parents to be involved in the school and in their child’s education