Title I funding is used to offer support services to students who need extra time and instruction to master grade level curriculum. Title I schools are identified through a state formula each year.
The following schools were identified as Title I schools for 2015-2016:
A parent letter will be sent home if your child is identified as eligible for support services funded through Title I. Title I services may be short term or long term depending on the needs of each individual student. We are pleased to offer these services to help ALL of our students be successful.
As parents of students receiving Title I support services, we encourage you to be actively involved in any curricular decisions for your child. Please read the Allendale Board Policy Language to review your rights as parents in our Title I program - #7170, Federal Program Administration.
If you have any further questions, please contact your child's building Principal or the District Office.
7175 Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Involvement Policy (Cf. 7170) 7175
The Board of Education recognizes and values parents and families as children's first teachers and decision-makers in education. The Board believes that student learning is more likely to occur when there is an effective partnership between the school and the student's parents and family. Such a partnership between the home and school and greater involvement of parents in the education of their children generally result in higher academic achievement, improved student behavior, and reduced absenteeism.
The term "families" is used in order to include children's primary caregivers, who are not their biological parents, such as foster caregivers, grandparents, and other family members.
Through this policy, the Board directs the establishment of a Parental Involvement Plan by which a school-partnership can be established and provided to the parent of each child in the District. The plan must encompass parent participation, through biannual meetings and other forms of communication. The Parental Involvement Plan shall reflect the Board's commitment to the following:
A. Relationships with Families
(1) Cultivating school environments that are welcoming, supportive, and student-centered; 4
(2) Providing professional development for school staff that helps build partnerships between families and schools; 2, 3, 4
(3) Providing family activities that relate to various cultures, languages, practices, and customs, and bridge economic and cultural barriers; 2, 3
(4) Providing coordination, technical support and other support to assist schools in planning and implementing family involvement activities. 3
(5) Providing additional support for parental involvement as requested by parents as is reasonable. 3
B. Effective Communication
(1) Providing information to families to support the proper health, safety, and well-being of their children;
(2) Providing information to families about school policies, procedures, programs, and activities; 2, 3, 4
(3) Promoting regular and open communication between school personnel and students' family members; 1, 4
(4) The District will provide technical assistance to ensure that documents and publications are provided in alternative forms in an understandable and uniform format; and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand to ensure participation of all parents including 7175 Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Involvement Policy (Cf. 7170) 7175-2 those with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children; 2, 3
(5) Providing information and involving families in monitoring student progress; 3
(6) Providing families with timely and meaningful information regarding Michigan's academic standards, State and local assessments, and pertinent legal provisions; 2, 3, 4
(7) Preparing families to be involved in meaningful discussions and meetings with school staff. 2, 3, 4
C. Volunteer Opportunities
(1) Providing volunteer opportunities for families to support their children's school activities; 1, 3
(2) Supporting other needs, such as transportation and child care, to enable families to participate in school-sponsored family involvement events. 3, 4
D. Learning at Home
(1) Offering training and resources to help families learn strategies and skills to support at- home learning and success in school; 1,2,3,4
(2) Working with families to establish learning goals and help their children accomplish these goals; 1
(3) Helping families to provide a school and home environment that encourages learning and extends learning at home. 1, 2, 4
E. Involving Families in Decision Making and Advocacy
(1) Involving families as partners in the process of school review and continuous improvement planning; 3, 4
(2) Involving families in the development of its District-wide parent involvement policy, plan, and school-parent compact and ensure the distribution and discussion of the policy, plan, and compact with parents. 2, 3, 4
(3) Parents will be invited to an annual meeting regarding their school's participation in Title I and their right to be involved. 3
F. Collaborating with the Community
(1) Building constructive partnerships and connecting families with community-based programs and other community resources; 2, 3, 4
(2) Coordinating and integrating family involvement programs and activities from early childhood through high school with District initiatives and community-based programs (such as GSRP, ESCE, Preschool, Head Start, Even Start, and Parents As Teachers) that encourage and support families' participation in their children's education, growth, and development. 2, 3, 4
7175 Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Involvement Policy (Cf. 7170) 7175-3
The Superintendent will provide for a comprehensive plan to engage parents, families, and community members in a partnership in support of each student's academic achievement, the District's continuous improvement, and individual school improvement plans. The plan will be distributed to all parents and students through publication in the Student Handbook or other suitable means. The plan will provide for annual evaluation, with the involvement of parents and families, of the plan's effectiveness and identification of barriers to participation by parents and families. Evaluation findings will be used in the annual review of the Parent and Family Involvement policy and to improve the effectiveness of the District plan.
Migrant Education Program (MEP) Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Involvement
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of students in the MEP will be involved in, and regularly consulted, about the development, implementation, operation, and evaluation of the program.
Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Involvement
In accordance with federal law, parent(s)/guardian(s) of LEP students will be provided notice regarding their child's placement in and information about the District's LEP program. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will be notified about their rights regarding program content and participation including the right to choose among programs if alternatives are available. The notice must also include an explanation of the value of the program in terms of academic development, mastery of English, and the achievement of promotion and graduation standards. The notice will also include an explanation of the right to remove the child from an LEP program and to place the child in the regular program.
The notice must be in a format that families can comprehend and, if possible, in a language that is understood by the family.
Revised: Dec. 8, 2014
Approved: June 13, 2011
LEGAL REF: MCL 380.1294; Sec. 1112, 1118 ESEA
1-Indicates State Requirements
2-Indicates IDEA 2004 Section 650 & 644 parent involvement requirements
3-Indicates Title I Section 1118 parent involvement requirements
4-Indicates State Board Parent and Family Involvement Policy recommendations