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Section 8.  Parental Involvement                                      Attachment  I-3

 

8.01 Omaha Public Schools Title I Parental Involvement Policy

 

PART I. GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

The Board of Education of the Omaha Public Schools recognizes that a child’s education is a responsibility shared by both school and parent/guardian.  This shared responsibility requires that parent/guardians actively participate in the education of their children and that they are informed of the educational practices affecting their children.

 

It is the intent of the Board of Education that the district shall provide opportunities for the development of parenting skills.  This will include training/information regarding appropriate types of parental involvement, which demonstrates techniques to assist parents with the child’s learning at home.

 

It is the further intent of the Board of Education that the district shall continue to identify and work toward the elimination of barriers that impede parent involvement.

 

In compliance with federal law, Section 1118(a) (2), ESEA (No Child Left Behind), the Omaha Public School District agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:

 

The school district will put into operation programs, activities and

procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools with

Title I, Part A programs, consistent with section 1118 of the

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Those programs,

activities and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.

 

Consistent with section 1118, the school district will work with its

schools to ensure that the required school-level parental involvement

policies meet the requirements of section 1118(b) of the ESEA (No Child Left Behind), and

each include, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with

section 1118(d) of the ESEA (No Child Left Behind).

 

The school district will incorporate this district wide parental

involvement policy into its LEA plan developed under section 1112 of

the ESEA (No Child Left Behind).

 

In carrying out the Title I, Part A parental involvement requirements,

to the extent practicable, the school district and its schools will provide

full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English

proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory

children, including providing information and school reports required

under section 1111 and 1112 of the ESEA (No Child Left Behind) in an understandable and uniform

format and, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the

extent practicable, in a language parents understand.

 

If the LEA plan for Title I, Part A, developed under section 1112 of

the ESEA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children,

the school district will submit any parent comments with the plan

when the school district submits the plan to the State Department of

Education.

 

The school district will be governed by the following statutory

definition of parental involvement, and expects that its Title I schools

will carry out programs, activities and procedures in accordance with

this definition:

 

Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic

learning and other school activities, including ensuring—

  • that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s

    learning;

  • that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their

    child’s education at school;

  • that parents are full partners in their child’s education and

    are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on

    advisory committees to assist in the education of their child;

  • the carrying out of other activities, such as those described

in section 1118 of the ESEA (No Child Left Behind).

 

PART II. DESCRIPTION OF HOW DISTRICT WILL IMPLEMENT

REQUIRED DISTRICT WIDE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

POLICY COMPONENTS

1.  The Omaha Public School District will take the following actions to involve

parents in the joint development of its district wide parental involvement plan under section 1112 of the ESEA (No Child Left Behind):

  • Meet and discuss with Parental Organizations within Title I schools.

 

2.  The Omaha Public School District will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement under section 1116 of the ESEA (No Child Left Behind):

  • Climate Survey
  • Provide opportunities for parents to serve on building Excels School Improvement Committees

 

  1. The Omaha Public School District will provide the following necessary coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance (as identified by staff and parent organizations or each school) :
    • Coordinate parent activities
    • Facilitate communication and public notification

 

 

4.  The Omaha Public School District will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies in Part A with parental involvement strategies under the following other programs: English as a Second Language (ESL), Head Start, public pre-school and other programs.

 

5. The Omaha Public School District will take the following actions to conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual review of the content and effectiveness of this parental involvement policy in improving the academic quality of its Title I, Part A schools.  The review  will include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in parental involvement activities (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background). The school district will use the findings of the review about its parental involvement policy and activities to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary (and with the involvement of parents) its parental involvement policies.

  • Climate Survey
  • Review of the policy using the Title I Parents
  • Title I building parent organizations

 

6.  The Omaha Public School District will build the schools’ and parents'

capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, through the following

activities specifically described below:

 

A.  The school district will, with the assistance of its Title I, Part A schools, provide assistance to parents of children served by the school district or school, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following, by undertaking the actions described in this paragraph --

Nebraska academic content standards,

Nebraska student academic achievement standards,

State and local academic assessments including alternate

   assessments,

Requirements of Title I Part A,

How to monitor their child’s progress, and

How to work with educators by providing the following activities and/or information:

  • Parent conferences
  • Report cards
  • Parent/Family Nights
  • Parent Workshops
  • Open House

 

B.  The school district will, with the assistance of its schools, provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement, such as literacy training, and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement, by providing newsletters and parent conferences.

 

C.  The school district will, with the assistance of its schools and parents, educate its 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, by making it a part of everyday culture, providing staff development, and providing resources for communication.

 

D.  The school district will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with ESL, Head Start, public preschool and other programs, and conduct other activities that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children.

 

  1. The school district will take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent- programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.

 

F.  The school district will provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request.

 

This District- wide Parental Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and

agreed on with, parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs and Title I schools’ parent organizations. The Title I Parental Involvement Policy was adopted by the Omaha Public School District on March 12, 2007

Last Review Date by Parents:

Thursday, February 18, 2016 – 5:30PM

Location:  Teacher Administration Center (TAC)

Facilitated by.  Dr. Zollie Stevenson

 

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131

(531-299-0247).