Federal Programs

Randolph County Elementary School Parent Involvement Policy

General Expectations

Randolph County Elementary School agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:

Ø  Randolph County Elementary School will jointly develop with parents and distribute to parents of participating children, a Parental Involvement Policy that the school and parents of participating children agree on.

Ø  Randolph County Elementary School will notify parents about the Parental Involvement Policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, will distribute this policy to parents in a language the parents can understand.

Ø  Randolph County Elementary School will make the Parental Involvement Policy available to the local community.

Ø  Randolph County Elementary School will periodically update the Parental Involvement Policy to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.

Ø  Randolph County Elementary School will adopt the school-parent compact as a component of its Parental Involvement Policy.

Ø  Randolph County Elementary School agrees to be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and 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-

a)       parents play an integral role in assisting their child's learning;

b)       parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child's education at school;

c)       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;

d)       the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA.

 

Randolph County Elementary School will implement required school parental involvement policy components as follows:

1.      Randolph County Elementary School will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development and joint agreement of its Parental Involvement Policy and its school wide plan, if applicable, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way under section 1118(b) of the ESEA:

 

Gather and disseminate for review the following materials: District wide  Parental Involvement Policy, the School's Parental Involvement Policy, the school-parent compact, and Parent Notices from the Table on page 45 of the  Title I, Part A Non-Regulatory Guidance. These materials will be disseminated  to parents at regular Title I parent meetings, School Site Council meetings, and parent/teacher conferences. Written and oral input from parents will be solicited through Title I parent meetings, School Site Council meetings, parent/teacher conferences, school newsletters, school web site, and other regular written communications with parents.

2.       Randolph County Elementary School will take the following actions to distribute to parents of participating children and the local community the Parental Involvement Policy:

    The School Parental Involvement Policy will be distributed to parents at  Title I parent meetings.
    The policy will be posted on the school web site.
    Parents of new participating students will receive the policy upon registration  if eligible for Title I.

3.       Randolph County Elementary School will periodically update its Parental Involvement Policy to meet the changing needs of parents and the school through:

    Monthly School Site Council meetings
    Regular Title I meetings
    PTO meetings
    General School meetings

4.       Randolph County Elementary School will convene an annual meeting to inform parents of the following:

    That Randolph County Elementary School participates in Title I
    The requirements of Title I
    Of their rights to be involved as outlined in Table B of Title I, Part A  Parental Involvement Non-Regulatory Guidance (page 45), Section 1118;  the school-parent compact, Appendix C, page 51 of the Title I, Part A  Parental Involvement Non-Regulatory Guidance, the district wide parental  involvement policy, and the school's parental involvement policy and
    Meetings will be held at various and convenient times to encourage parents  to attend. Parents will be notified about meetings through school memos, newsletters, the web site, and the automated phone system.

5.       Randolph County Elementary School will hold a flexible number of meetings at varying times, and may provide transportation, child care, and/or home visits, paid for with Title I funding as long as these services relate to parental involvement:

To encourage parents to attend these meetings, the school will offer training  to parents to improve student success and achievement. In situations that  prevent parents from coming to the school for meetings, school personnel may make home visits or arrange to meet the parents at a mutually convenient time off campus.

Randolph County Elementary School will provide information about Title I programs to parents of participating children in a timely manner through the automated phone system, memos, newsletters, and the web page.

Randolph County Elementary School will provide parents of participating children with a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet through:

 
        the annual Title I parent meetings
        regular parent/teacher conferences
        PTO meetings throughout the year

a)      If requested by parents, Randolph County Elementary School will provide parents of participating children opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children, and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible:

 
        Through prearranged meetings with the Title I Coordinator
        Through meetings with the student's teacher which may include the Title I Coordinator, the principal, and other staff as appropriate.

b)      Randolph County Elementary School will submit to the district any parent comments if the school wide plan under section (1114)(b)(2) is not satisfactory to parents of participating children:

 
        Parents may submit comments in writing regarding the school wide plan to their child's teacher, the Title I Coordinator, the principal, or the appropriate department within Randolph County School District.

                                                                                                                             

Revised: July 27, 2016

Flexible Learning Program

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) submitted to the U. S. Department of Education (US ED) an application requesting flexibility through waivers of ten Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) requirements and their associated, regulatory, administrative and reporting requirements. On February 9, 2012, Georgia's Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver was approved by the US ED. Two of the ten requested waivers directly affected Supplemental Educational Services (SES) and Public School Choice (Choice). The waiver allows local educational agencies (LEAs) greater flexibility in designing a flexible learning program tailored to the needs of their school and will have the capacity to serve more students in need for additional academic support.

Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, the GaDOE will transition from needs improvement (NI) distinctions based on adequate yearly progress (AYP) reports to Reward, Priority, Focus and Alert Schools distinctions based on ESEA Flexibility Waiver formulas. Title I schools will now implement specific programs and interventions based on Reward, Priority, Focus, and Alert Schools status. In addition, the GaDOE ESEA flexibility waiver outlines Georgia's new Single Statewide Accountability System, the College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI). The CCRPI will serve as a comprehensive report card for all schools in Georgia.

Title I schools not making adequate yearly progress (AYP) will transition from AYP to ESEA flexibility waiver formulas and may be identified as a Priority School or Focus School. Priority Schools and Focus Schools will be required to implement and develop flexible learning programs (FLP) beginning June 2012; if they meet one of the criteria set forth in the ESEA waiver as described below.

Please note: Priority Schools and Focus Schools will be identified and served with support interventions for 3 years.

Reward Schools-Title I Schools-Highest Performing percent of Title I Schools and Highest Progress schools (10 percent of Title I Schools) Reward Schools' designations will replace Distinguished Schools and Distinguished Districts designations. Reward Schools will be identified annually. There are two ways a Title I school may be identified as a Rewards School. A Title I school may be classified as either a High- Performing school or a High-Progress School.

**Priority School---Randolph Clay High School
**Focus School---Randolph County Elementary School

Priority Schools will be identified every three years and the identified school will be served for 3 years through a Flexible Learning Program (FLP) support interventions. These Title I schools are among the lowest five percent of Title I schools in the state based on the achievement of the All Students group in terms of proficiency on the statewide assessments and has demonstrated a lack of progress on those assessments over a number of years in the All Students group; are a Title I-participating or Title I-eligible high school with a graduation rate less than 60 percent over a number of years; or a Tier I or Tier II school under the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program that is using SIG funds to implement a school intervention model.

Focus Schools-Title I Student Eligibility- Schools with the largest within-school gaps (10 percent of Title I Schools) Focus Schools will be identified every three years and the identified school will be served for 3 years through Flexible Learning Program (FLP) support interventions. These schools are Title I schools that have the largest within-school gaps between the highest-achieving subgroup or subgroups and the lowest-achieving subgroup or subgroups or, at the high school level, has the largest within-school gaps in graduation rates (within-school-gaps Focus School) and are Title I high schools with a graduation rate less than 60 percent over a number of years that is not identified as a Priority School (low-graduation-rate Focus School).

Title I Alert Schools Based on 9 ESEA Subgroups-Does not include Priority Schools or Focus Schools. Title I, Alert Schools will be identified annually. These schools are both Title I and non-Title I schools that fall into one of the three following categories using ESEA disaggregated subgroups or subject performance on both statewide assessments and graduation rate: Graduation Alert, Subgroup Alert or Subject Alert.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Donna Drakeford, Federal Programs Director at 229-732-2463, or donna.drakeford@sowegak12.org.