The St. Charles R-VI School District Board of Education believes that engaging parents/families
in the education process is essential to improved academic success for students. The Board
recognizes that a student's education is a responsibility shared by the district, parents, families and
other members of the community during the entire time a student attends school. The Board
believes that the district must create an environment that is conducive to learning and that strong,
comprehensive parent/family involvement is an important component. Parent/Family involvement
in education requires a cooperative effort with roles for the Department of Elementary and
Secondary Education (DESE), the district, parents/families and the community.
Parent/Family Involvement Goals and Plan
The Board of Education recognizes the importance of eliminating barriers that impede
parent/family involvement, thereby facilitating an environment that encourages collaboration with
parents, families and other members of the community. Therefore, the district will develop and
implement a plan to facilitate parent/family involvement that shall include the following six (6)
1. Promote regular, two-way, meaningful communication between home and school.
2. Promote and support responsible parenting.
3. Recognize the fact that parents/families play an integral role in assisting their children to
4. Promote a safe and open atmosphere for parents/families to visit the schools their children
attend, and actively solicit parent/family support and assistance for school programs.
5. Include parents as full partners in decisions affecting their children and families.
6. Use available community resources to strengthen and promote school programs, family
practices and the achievement of students.
The district's plan for meeting these goals is to:
1. Provide activities that will educate parents regarding the intellectual and developmental
needs of their children at all age levels. This will include promoting cooperation between
the district and other agencies or school/community groups (such as parent-teacher groups,
Head Start, Parents as Teachers, etc.) to furnish learning opportunities and disseminate
information regarding parenting skills and child/adolescent development.
2. Implement strategies to involve parents/families in the educational process, including:
► Keeping parents/families informed of opportunities for involvement and
encouraging participation in various programs.
► Providing access to educational resources for parents/families to use together with
► Keeping parents/families informed of the objectives of district educational
programs as well as of their child's participation and progress within these
3. Enable families to participate in the education of their children through a variety of roles.
For example, parents/family members should be given opportunities to provide input into
district policies and volunteer time within the classrooms and school programs.
4. Provide professional development opportunities for teachers and staff to enhance their
understanding of effective parent/family involvement strategies.
5. Perform regular evaluations of parent/family involvement at each school and at the district
6. Provide access, upon request, to any instructional material used as part of the educational
7. If practical, provide information in a language understandable to parents.
Title I, Migrant Education (MEP) and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Programs
The Board also recognizes the special importance of parent/family involvement to the success of
its Title I, MEP and LEP programs. Pursuant to federal law, the district and parents will jointly
develop and agree upon a written parental involvement policy that will be distributed to parents
participating in any of these programs.
Title I Program Parent Involvement
The district and parents of children participating in the Title I program will jointly develop and
agree upon a written parent involvement policy that will describe how the district will:
1. Involve parents in the joint development of the Title I program plan and in the process of
reviewing the implementation of the plan and suggesting improvements.
2. Provide the coordination, technical assistance and other support necessary to assist
participating schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities
to improve student academic achievement and school performance.
3. Build the schools' and parents' capacity for strong parental involvement.
4. Coordinate and integrate Title I parental involvement strategies with those of other
5. Conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content of the
parental involvement policy and its effectiveness in improving the academic quality of the
schools served. This will include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents
in activities authorized by law, particularly by parents who are economically
disadvantaged, have disabilities, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy,
or are of any racial or ethnic minority background. The district will use the findings of
such evaluation to design strategies for more effective parental involvement and to revise,
if necessary, the parental involvement policies.
6. Involve parents in the activities of the schools served.
Each school receiving Title I funds will jointly develop with and distribute to parents of children
participating in the Title I program a written parental involvement policy agreed upon by such
parents in accordance with the requirements of federal law:
1. The policy must be made available to the local community and updated periodically to meet
the changing needs of parents and the school.
2. The policy shall contain a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire
school staff and students will share the responsibility of improved student academic
achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a
partnership to help children.
3. Each school participating in the Title I program will convene a meeting annually to inform
parents about Title I and to involve parents in the planning, review and improvement of
Title I programs, including the planning, review and improvement of the school parental
Migrant Education Program Parent Involvement
Parents of students in the MEP will be involved in and regularly consulted about the development,
implementation, operation and evaluation of the Migrant Education Program.
Parents of MEP students will receive instruction regarding their role in improving the academic
achievement of their children.
Limited English Proficiency Program Parent Involvement
Pursuant to federal law, parents of LEP students will be provided notification regarding their
child’s placement in and information about the district’s LEP program.
Parents will be notified of their rights regarding program content and participation.
The district, with parent/family involvement, will review and evaluate the content and
effectiveness of this policy and each school-level policy at least annually. The district will revise
this policy as necessary to improve or create practices that enhance parent/family involvement.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this
section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures
and/or forms for related information.
Revised: 11/11/2004; 04/13/2006
Cross Refs: ADF, District Wellness Program
CGC, State and Federal Programs Administration
JFH, Student Complaints and Grievances
JHC, Student Health Services and Requirements
JHDA, Surveying, Analyzing or Evaluating Students
KI, Public Solicitations/Advertising in District Facilities
KL, Public Complaints
Legal Refs: § 167.700, RSMo.
Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment, 20 U.S.C. § 1232h
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C. §§ 6301 - 7941
St. Charles R-VI School District, St. Charles, Missouri
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