• Parent and Family Engagement Policy 2023-2024

    Albert Schweitzer Elementary School, Neshaminy School District

    Parent and Family Engagement Policy 2023-2024

    Albert Schweitzer Elementary School has established a written Parent & Family Engagement Policy that is in alignment with the Neshaminy School District Parent & Family Engagement Policy. It is documented that the policy it is reviewed and updated annually. This policy will be posted on the district and the school websites and will be updated and distributed annually.

    • Albert Schweitzer Elementary parents will be invited to be involved in the planning, review and improvement of the school's Parent & Family Engagement Policy and the Title I Program at a fall annual meeting. The purpose of the annual meeting is to inform parents of the school's participation in the Title I program, to explain the requirements of the program and parents’ right to be involved.
    • In order to accommodate parents’ busy schedules, Albert Schweitzer Elementary School’s parent conferences will be held at different times during the day.
    • We are dedicated to supporting parents’ participation in our school’s programs. Title I funds may be used to pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parent involvement activities. This may include childcare or home visit expenses to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions.
    • Parents are invited to participate in the joint development of a Schoolwide Program Plan under Section 1114. This applies only to Title I schools operating a Schoolwide Program. Please contact Amy Orlando (principal) if you would like to participate on this team.
    • School newsletters will provide parents with timely information about the Title I program.
    • Parents will be provided with a description and explanation of the curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet at parent conferences, through regularly scheduled parent workshops, meetings, and school website/newsletters.
    • Parent workshops will be held to provide assistance to parents in understanding the state's academic content standards and student achievement standards, local academic assessments and how to monitor a child's progress and how to work with teachers to improve each child’s academic achievement.
    • Albert Schweitzer Elementary School will provide opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children and to respond to any such suggestions as soon as feasibly possible.
    • The Parent-School Compact was jointly reviewed and developed with parents. The compact outlines how parents, the school, the staff, and students will share in the responsibility for improved student achievement. The compact describes how the school provides materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children's achievement.
    • Albert Schweitzer Elementary School will educate teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents and family members, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents and family members as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and family members and the school (ESSA, Section 1116(6)(e)(3)) by sharing SPAC videos annually to Title 1 staff.
    • Albert Schweitzer Elementary School will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate, and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with other federal, state, and local programs including public preschool programs and conduct other activities, that encourage and support parents and family members in more fully participating in the education of their children (ESSA, Section 1116(6)(e)(4)). Albert Schweitzer Elementary will invite public preschool families and non-public school families to participate in Parent and Family Engagement opportunities when appropriate.
    • Albert Schweitzer Elementary School will ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents and family members of participating children in a format and to the extent practicable, in a language that parents and family members can understand (ESSA, Section 1116(6)(e)(5)). All pertinent information, documents and newsletters will be translatable through the school and district’s Title 1 website, and translated hard copies of pertinent documents will be sent home and/or kept on file.

     

    This Parent and Family Engagement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with, parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs, as evidenced by parent meetings held on October 5, 2023.

    This policy will be in effect for the period of one year. The school will make available this policy to all parents of participating Title I, Part A children on or before December 30, 2023.