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Family Engagement Policy
In support of strengthening student academic achievement, Wilson Elementary School receives Title I, Part A funds and therefore must jointly develop with, agree on with, and distribute to parents and family members of participating children a written parent and family engagement policy that contains information required by section 1116(b) and (c) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The policy establishes the school’s expectations for parent and family engagement and describes how the school will implement a number of specific parent and family engagement activities, and it is incorporated into the school’s plan submitted to the local educational agency (LEA).
Wilson Elementary School agrees to implement the following requirements as outlined by Section 1116:
- Involve families, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs under Title I, Part A, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school parent and family engagement policy and the joint development of the school improvement plan under Section 1114(b) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
- Update the school parent and family engagement policy periodically to meet the changing needs of families and the school, distribute it to the families of participating children, and make the parent and family engagement policy available to the local community.
- Provide full opportunities, to the extent practicable, for the participation of families with limited English proficiency, families with disabilities, and families of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required under Section 1111 of the ESSA in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in a language families understand.
- If the school improvement plan under Section 1114(b) of the ESSA is not satisfactory to the families of participating children, submit any family comments on the plan when the school makes the plan available to the local educational agency.
- Be governed by the following statutory definition of parent and family engagement and will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition:
Parent and Family Engagement means the participation of families in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:
- families play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;
- families are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;
- families 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; and
- other activities are carried out, such as those described in Section 1116 of the ESSA.
Description of how the school will implement required school parent and family engagement policy components:
Wilson Elementary School will take the following actions to involve families in an organized, ongoing, and timely manner in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I programs, including opportunities for regular meetings, if requested by families, to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their child and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible.
ANNUAL TITLE I MEETING
Wilson Elementary School will take the following actions to conduct an annual meeting, at a convenient time, and encourage and invite all families of participating children to attend to inform them about the school’s Title I program, the nature of the Title I program, the families’ requirements, the school parent and family engagement policy, the schoolwide plan, and the school-parent compact.
Wilson Elementary School will take the following actions to provide families of participating children the following:
- Timely information about the Title I programs
- Flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may provide with Title I funds, transportation, child care or home visits, as such services relate to parent and family engagement.
- Information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the families of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in a language the families can understand:
Wilson Elementary School will take the following actions to jointly develop with families of participating children a school-parent compact that outlines how families, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and families will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the state’s high standards.
RESERVATION OF FUNDS
If applicable, Wilson Elementary School will take the following actions to involve the families of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how the 1 percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parent and family engagement is spent by:
COORDINATION OF SERVICES
Wilson Elementary School will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent and family engagement programs and activities with other Federal, State, and local programs, including public preschool programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support families in more fully participating in the education of their children by:
BUILDING CAPACITY OF SCHOOL STAFF
Wilson Elementary School will provide training to educate teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, and other school leaders, and other staff, with the assistance of families, in the value and utility of contributions of families, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with families as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between families and the school by:
Wilson Elementary School will provide other reasonable support for parent and family engagement activities under Section 1116 as families may request by:
We need your help with an important goal for Wilson Elementary this year. We want to ensure that every student attends school every day.
Attending school regularly has a significant, positive impact on your child’s academic success—from kindergarten through high school. Even as he or she grows older and more independent, you play a key role in making sure your child gets to school safely and on time every day. For context, most students in Tennessee miss six or less days each school year.
We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school—regardless of the reason—it can cause them to fall behind academically. Absences can add up quickly. Students are less likely to succeed academically if they miss 10% or more of instructional days over the course of the school year (this means missing about two days of school per month or about 18 days per year).
- Tennessee students who are chronically absent in kindergarten are 15 percentage points less likely to reach proficiency in either 3rd grade math or ELA.
- Nationally, four out of five students who miss more than 10% of both kindergarten and first grade are unable to read on grade-level by third grade.
- The problem continues as students get older. Tennessee students who are chronically absent in 9th grade are 30 percentage points less likely to earn an
on-time diploma (62% vs. 92%).
Chronically absent is defined as students who miss more than ten percent of the school year. In an effort to increase student participation and student attendance, this year we will be implementing a new attendance initiative. Wilson Elementary's Student Handbook was printed before 18-19 school year attendance data was released. The following initiative supersedes what is written in the 19-20 Handbook.
The class with the highest percentage of attendance between the beginning of the school year and Christmas break will receive an additional field trip chaperoned by Ms. Fisher and Mr. Ledbetter. Out of the winning class, students who miss 4 days or less, either excused or unexcused, will be eligible for the trip. This trip will be paid for by the school, and the specifics of the trip will be determined at a later date.
Attendance will be tracked over the entire year. Students who miss seven days or less, either excused or unexcused, will be eligible for an end of the year trip. This trip will not be based on the whole classroom’s attendance, rather this trip will be based on kindergarten through eighth grade individual student attendance. All students in grades
K-8 who have missed seven days or less will be taken on an additional end of the year trip which will be determined at a later date.
We understand that many students miss due to doctor's appointments and other justifiable reasons. However, the State of Tennessee grades Wilson Elementary on attendance based on any absence for any reason.
We don’t want your child to fall behind in school or get discouraged. Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time. Attached are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance.
We want your child to be successful in school. Let us know how we can best support you and your child so that he or she shows up for school on time every day. If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to contact Wilson Elementary.
Attendance Pointers for Parents
- Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
- Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
- Make sure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick.
- Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
- Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.
- Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school or show other signs of not wanting to go to school.
For more information, contact your child’s teacher or check out the parent resources available at www.attendanceworks.org.