Searles Elementary School has developed a written Title I parental/guardian involvement policy with input from Title I parents/guardians at a series of School Site Council Meetings. As a designated Title I school, all Searles parents/guardians will receive the Title I parental/guardian involvement policy in students’ Thursday envelopes as well as the district Dialer System in both English and Spanish. This policy describes the means for carrying out the following Title I parental/guardian involvement requirements. [Title I Parental Involvement, 20 USC 6318(a)-(f)]
As a designated Title I school, Searles’ parents/guardians are invited to be involved in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of its Title I programs and the Title I parental/guardian involvement policy.
The school offers a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning, after school or evening, and may provide, with Title I funds, transportation, child care, or home visits, as such services relate to parent/guardian involvement. (20 USC 6318 (c)(2)
Searles Elementary School has jointly developed and distributed to parents/guardians of Title I students a school-parent/guardian compact that outlines how parents/guardians, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement. The compact also describes how the school and parents will develop a partnership to help children reach proficiency on the California content standards. The school-parent/guardian compact describes the following items in addition to items added by parents/guardians of Title I students:
The school-parent/guardian compact was created at a SSC meeting. It is updated annually with input from parents/guardians and staff.
Searles Elementary School provides opportunities for all Title I parents/guardians to participate, including those with limited English proficiency, disabilities, low socioeconomic status, and migratory students. This includes providing information and school reports in a form and language parents understand. Newsletters and other important information are translated into Spanish.