Parent and Family Engagement Policy and Compact

Purpose of this Policy and Compact

Efforts will be made to clearly articulate the school’s intentions to engage with and involve parents/caregivers in the educational process.

Cameron Elementary is a Title I school within Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) and utilizes the Title I grant to improve student achievement and help all students meet the objectives of the FCPS Program of Studies and the Virginia Standards of Learning. A partnership with families is essential to meeting this goal.

Under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, schools that receive Title I funds are expected to collaborate with families to develop and maintain a parent and family engagement policy that describes the school’s approach to involve families in students’ learning and includes a compact expressing the partnerships among staff, caregivers, and students to reach high academic goals for every student.

Cameron Elementary jointly developed this policy and compact with members of the school community and adopted it for the 2019-20 school year. A number of the provisions specifically address state or federal expectations for the policy and compact.

This policy and compact is distributed to all caregivers in a language that families can understand. Caregivers have opportunities to provide comments and feedback on the policy and compact through programs, announcements, and fliers. Comments are submitted with the school’s policy and compact to FCPS central offices and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). This policy and compact are made available to the broader school community through the school website.

Important Dates         

Parent-Teacher Conferences                                                  

  • November  4th and 5th
  • additional dates, as needed

Progress Report Distribution

  • First week of November
  • Last week of January
  • Third week of April
  • Third week of June

School Events

  • Back to School Night and Annual Meeting: F09/11/19
  • First PTA Meeting 09/17 at 7:00PM
  • 09/16  PTA Meeting at 7:00PM
  • 10/15 PTA Meeting
  • 11/15 PTA Movie Night 
  • 12/12 Bookfair
  • 2/19, 03/18, 4/15, 5/19 PTA Meeting
  • 02/27 International Night
  • Learning Festival (Math and LA):  March 25, 2019

Building Capacity for Involvement

Efforts will be made to ensure parents/caregivers are actively involved in the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the school’s Title I program, including the following:

  • Provide family members a voice in decision-making on committees, such as connect families to our Parent Liaisons, PTA. 
  • Engage caregiver input when developing the School Improvement Plan (SIP), Title I Schoolwide Plan, the Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy and Compact, and plans for use of Title I family engagement funding.
  • Seek feedback from families on programs within the Title I Schoolwide Plan, offer multiple methods for caregivers to submit comments about programs they may not find satisfactory, and submit any such comments with the Title I Schoolwide Plan to FCPS central offices.
  • Invite family members to help in organizing and executing a variety of school events to build collective ownership, such as Parent meetings/ Parent Volunteering support through our Parent Liaisons.
  • Provide opportunities for caregivers to volunteer within the school in various ways, such as preparing instructional materials for teachers, field trip chaperones, library assistance and special events.
  • Encourage families to take part in annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the division-level Title I parent and family engagement policy in order to identify:
    • barriers to greater family participation, 
    • ways to help family members be better able to assist in student learning, and
    • strategies to support successful school and family interactions.

Effective Communication with Parents

Efforts will be made to ensure parents/caregivers receive meaningful communication in a timely manner, including the following:

  • Use multiple methods of communication to families such as Keep In Touch messages through phone calls and texts, weekly folders, notes and event fliers, regular web updates of school news, social media, and parent resource links on the webpage.
  • Translate or provide interpretation of all school communication to make it accessible to parents with a preferred correspondence language other than English and to parents with vison or hearing impairments.
  • Encourage all caregivers to attend an annual meeting at November 13 during PTA meeting to share information about Title I services, explain Title I grant requirements, and inform families of their right to be involved in the school.
  • Share school and student performance data with families in ways that seek their ideas about how to improve performance toward Virginia’s challenging academic standards, such as FCPS24-7 Learning (Blackboard) courses for parents to retrieve information regarding classroom assignments and long-term projects.
  • Hold meetings and events throughout the year to help families to better understand the school’s goals for students and find ways to improve student learning. (Math and Literacy Nights, Parent classes via Parent Center)
  • Provide ongoing feedback on student progress through quarterly progress reports that show specific areas of proficiency and areas for continued growth , information about performance on assignments through the online gradebook, teacher notes, emails and phone calls.
  • Hold parent-teacher conferences for all students at least annually in the fall and more often, as needed.

Shared Responsibilities for High Academic Achievement

Efforts will be made to ensure parents/caregivers receive materials, training, and benefits from school partnerships with social and academic services, community-based organizations, and businesses, including the following:

  • Hold workshops connecting caregivers to tools and resources, such as Getting to Know Your Child’s School, Positive Parenting and homework help, HIPPY, Parents as Educational Partners, English Language for Parents.
  • Encourage participation in family learning events where caregivers learn strategies to support their child’s learning at home and have a chance to practice those strategies with their child and offer regular opportunities for families to learn directly from school staff about the school’s academic, behavioral, and social programming:  Regular News You Choose Newsletter, and International night and Learning Festival.
  • Provide ongoing access to resources in the school, such as Parent Resource Center featuring books, videos and checkout materials as well as postings on parent classes, including parent English classes.
  • Provide mentors for students through partnerships with “Grand Involve” mentors and businesses.
  • Provide opportunities to donate and access supplies donated by others, such as Cameron Closet (Ex.Winter Coats).
  • Leverage partnerships with local businesses and organizations to enhance school programs and events, through the school social worker and parent liaisons.
  • Support parents in accessing county and community resources, such as health care, counseling, tutoring, etc.
  • Offer outreach and training for targeted families in ways to help their children improve literacy and math skills.  

Welcoming All Families

Efforts will be made to ensure that all parents/caregivers are welcomed and provided opportunities to actively engage within the school, including the following:

  • Create a welcoming atmosphere at the school with courteous faculty and staff, parent friendly signs, availability of resources in multiple languages, etc.
  • Provide interpretation services for parent-teacher conferences, workshops, and meetings.
  • Translate or provide interpretation of all school documents and communication to make them accessible in the caregiver’s preferred correspondence language and for those with vision or hearing impairments.
  • Support two-way communication between families and staff through assistance of a parent liaison for teacher and parent conferences.
  • Expand access for family participation in informational meetings and learning sessions through parent classes offered through our parent resource center.

Compact Provisions

School staff, parents/caregivers, and students must work together to ensure a student success.

The staff will:

Provide a high-quality curriculum and instruction that enables students to meet challenging academic standard through the following actions:

  • Teach all students according to the state’s challenging standards, using approved curriculum resources.
  • Provide ongoing professional development and support to all teachers to ensure effective instructional practices are used in all classrooms.
  • Have parents serve on the School Improvement Planning (SIP) Team
  • Make meetings agendas and minutes available to parents.

Provide a supportive and effective learning environment for students through the following actions:

  • Provide clear expectations for student behavior and academic learning.
  • Offer a variety of resources to help students with their learning.
  • Publish or present information regarding the school’s accreditation and federal accountability results.
  • Provide parents with the school’s Title I Family Engagement Policy and School-Home Compact.

Provide assistance to caregivers in understanding the school’s program through the following actions:

  • Hold an annual meeting to present information on the school’s Title I programs, state and division curriculum and assessments, and the school’s state and federal accountability status.
  • Provide multiple opportunities for caregivers to ask questions and give input into the Title I programs.

 

The parents/caregivers will:

Demonstrate understanding that participation in my child’s education will help his or her achievement through the following actions:

  • Participate in decisions related to school programs and my child’s education and share my questions or comments about the programs in my child’s school.

  • Volunteer in my child’s classroom or in school activities, as my schedule allows.
  • Encourage and support my child’s learning at home and at school.  

 

The student will:

Share the responsibility to improve my academic learning to achieve the state’s challenging standards through the following actions:

  • Get enough sleep every night.
  • Come to school on time unless I am sick.
  • Try my hardest and work with my classmates to complete learning tasks.
  • Give my parents all notes and papers from my teacher.