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ECMS Parent and Family Engagement -Parent and Family Engagement Plan 2020-2021
Posted On:
Thursday, September 24, 2020

Escambia County Middle School 

   1565 Highway 21 Atmore, AL 36502    

Phone 251-368-9105 

                                           TaKecia Barlow, Principal                                               

                                                         Yolonda Walters, Assistant Principal                                                         

Heather Cook, Assistant Principal

 

Parent and Family Engagement Plan

2020-2021

1. Describe how the school will convene an annual meeting to inform parents of the school's participation in Title I and explain Title I requirements, including the 1% set-aside, and the right of parents involved. (Section 1116 (c)(1))

Escambia County Middle School will hold an Annual Meeting of Title I Parents. Parents will be notified of the meeting through a flier sent home, the school's Facebook page and phone calls through the School CastSystem. Any parents unable to attend the annual meeting will have the option of obtaining information in the ECMS Parent Resource Center located in our Main Office.

 

2. Describe: 1) How there will be a flexible number and format of parent meetings offered; 2) How parents will be involved in the planning, review and improvement of the Title I Program (Note: State the school's process for how all Title I parents have the opportunity for involvement in decision-making.); and 3) How funds allocated for parent involvement are being used in the school. (Section 1116 (c)(2)(3))

1. The Escambia County Middle School staff and leadership will hold meetings with regard to Title I program functions for parents throughout the year using various platforms at flexible times. Notification for these meetings will always be through letters home, the school website, and use of the school CastSystem. The ECMS Parent Resource Center is also be available each school day from 8am to 3:00pm, which allows parents access to all important school documentation, including Title I information.

2. ECMS will involve parents in the revision and evaluation of the Parent and Family Engagement Plan, the Title I Program, the ACIP and the School-Parent Compacts. In addition to invitation letters sent to all parents to participate in the Annual Title I meeting, specific parent representatives will be recruited to be on the Parental Involvement Committee and will be directly involved in the planning. Meetings will be scheduled with teachers, administrators and the Parent and Engagement Committee at designated times during the school year, using various platforms, to review implementation of program goals. The Parent Resource Center will have copies of all important documents, as well as comment / suggestion / dissatisfaction forms. Any forms turned in will be responded to in a timely manner.

3. Funds allocated for parent and engagement are used to support ECMS parents in the implementation of effective parental activities to improve student achievement and school performance, as well as resources to be sent home for parents. The remaining funds are utilized for the postage machine, by which all mailings are sent home.

 

3. Describe how the school provides parents of participating children timely information in a uniform format and, to the extent practicable in a language they can understand, about programs under Title I, a description and explanation of the curriculum in use, forms of academic assessments, and achievement expectations used, and, if requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and participate as appropriate in decisions related to the education of their children. (Section 1116 (c)(4)(A)(B)(C))

1. A first-day letter home, the Annual Meeting of Title I Parents, School’s Web page, Facebook, and Parent/Teacher conferences will allow parents the opportunity to hear important information pertaining to Title I programs and their child's education. All of the information is also available at any time on the school's website and in the Parent Resource Center.

2. Each child's parent will have access to all information on curriculum and assessments, through the Escambia County Middle School website, as well as the District’s website.  Additionally, the child's progress will be made known to parents periodically through one of the following ways: report cards, progress reports, various platforms for parent-teacher conferences, and phone calls from the teachers and administrators. State assessment information is sent to parents after each testing.

3. Parents are encouraged to contact the school whenever they feel inclined to discuss whatever subject they feel important. Using various platforms due to COVID-19, conferences with teachers or administrators can be scheduled easily where both parties may meet at a reasonable time that will work for both parents and school officials. All of the information sent out by Escambia County Middle School is provided to parents in a timely manner and is presented in a way easily understood by all.

 

4. Describe how parents, the school staff, and students share responsibility for improved student academic achievement for participating students (How the School-Parent Compact is jointly developed with Title I parents; how it is used, reviewed, and updated). (Section 1116 (d))

The School Compacts are revised in April of each year, along with the ACIP and Parent and Family Engagement Plan. Parents are always given an opportunity to provide input on the Compacts (as well as the other documents). All parents are encouraged to provide comments and feedback at any time through the school year either on-line or through the Parent Resource Center. Parent Compacts are sent home on the first nine weeks of school and returned by students with parent signatures. This document outlines the responsibilities that all parties will carry out to enable each student to achieve. Each teacher at ECMS has a digital copy of the Compact for every student in their classes. The school has two regularly scheduled parent-teacher conferences, one in the fall and the other in the spring. Compacts are discussed with parents at these meetings and at appointed parent-teacher conferences if the need arises.

 

5. Describe procedures to allow parents to submit comments of dissatisfaction with the Continuous Improvement Plan. (Section 1116 (c)(5))

Any parent wishing to voice dissatisfaction with the Continuous Improvement Plan has several avenues by which to do so. Notices sent home with students, as well as notices posted on the school website will make parents aware the plan is available for review. Parents have access to all school documents through the school's website and from the Parent Resource Center throughout the school year. At any time parents may request copies of these documents from the school directly. Comment forms, which provide an opportunity to express dissatisfaction, are provided. Parents may submit comments in a variety of ways: through forms in Parent Resource Center, on the website, in writing through their child or via email. All concerns will be addressed in a reasonable amount of time.

 

6 Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children? (See ESSA Section 1116, requirements for building capacity in parent and family engagement).

 

To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, our school:

 

6a. Shall provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement. (Describe)

The Parent Resource Center (PRC) will be open every school day from 8am to 3:00pm, during parent meetings, parent teacher conferences and workshops. Depending on the circumstances, the PRC will be open before, during and after meeting times to accommodate parents. The PRC will provide materials for parents regarding a wide variety of resources, from literacy to state assessment requirements. Parents and students will have access to the resource center at the Atmore Central Office from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily (after school and Saturdays as requested) when applicable.

 

Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children (See ESSA Section 1116. Requirements for building capacity in parent and family engagement.)

 

To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, our school:

 

6b. Shall educate teachers, office personnel and other school staff, with assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and schools. (Describe)

During the school year all staff members will be given opportunities to attend workshops on a variety of parental involvement topics. These opportunities will be at various times throughout the year, including faculty meetings, professional development days, and at times deemed necessary by the administration. Additional professional development will also be provided through the LEA if needed.

 

 

Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children (See ESSA Section 1116, requirements for building capacity in parent and family engagement).

 

To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, our school:

 

6c. Shall to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent and family engagement programs and activities with other federal programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children. (Describe)

Parents are informed of all existing school programs through the school website, the SchoolCast system, Facebook and notices sent home. The Parent Resource Center (PRC), which provides important parent information regarding the education of their children, also provides information regarding all other programs offered at ECMS. The PRC is open and available during regular school hours.

 

Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children (See ESSA Section 1116, requirements for building capacity in parent and family engagement.)

 

To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, our school:

 

6d. Shall ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities are sent to the parents of participating children in a format and to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand. (Describe)

English is the primary language of most students served by this school; the school will make every effort to ensure that, to the extent possible, all information sent home will be in a language and form understandable to parents. The Trans ACT compliance and communication center is available on-line for the school to access any parent information needed in different languages. The ECTACO Any Language Translator will also be available by request for all schools to assist with parents who speak a language other than English.

 

Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children? (See ESSA Sec. 1116, requirements for building capacity in parental involvement.)

 

To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, our school:

 

6e. Shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request. (Describe)

The school shall provide reasonable support for parental involvement activities through telephone contacts (parent contact logs and SchoolCast system), send notices home, Facebook and school’s website.  Opportunities for students to perform in variety of ways to encourage parental participation will also be used.

 

 

7. Describe how the school will ensure the provision for participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory students; including providing information and school reports in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand. (See ESSA Section 1117 (f))

Escambia County Middle School will use any and all available resources to ensure that information and school reports that are sent home are written in a language that is appropriate for each parent to have a full understanding of its content. Parents with disabilities will be accommodated in every manner reasonable, and ECMS is a handicap-accessible building. Questions and concerns about students and parents with limited English proficiency and/or migratory children and parents will be directed to Sarah Watkins, Director of Federal Programs. The Trans ACT compliance and communication center is available on-line for the school to access any parent information needed in different languages. The ECTACO Any Language Translator will also be available by request for all schools to assist with parents who speak a language other than English. Every effort will be made to communicate with parents in their primary language. The LEA has an EL plan in place for students and parents.

 

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