Parental Involvement

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Hamshire-Fannett Independent School District

Parental Involvement Policies and Procedures

Parent involvement is a critical element that influences the academic achievement of our students.

Hamshire-Fannett Independent School District (HFISD) believes that a child’s education is a result of the combined efforts of the parent, the student, and the school. When parents actively participate in their child’s education, kids are more successful in school.

Parent Involvement - Mission Statement

The mission of Hamshire-Fannett Independent School District is to establish a collaborative partnership between students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators dedicated to the academic achievement and success of every student.

Parent involvement in your child’s education may involve:

  • Reading to your child.
  • Checking homework every night.
  • Discussing your child’s progress with teachers.
  • Voting in school board elections.
  • Helping your school to set challenging academic standards.
  • Limiting TV viewing on school nights.
  • Becoming an advocate for better education.

Or, it can be as simple as asking your child, “How was school today?” But ask every day. That will send a message that their schoolwork is important to you and you expect them to learn. 

Why is Parent Involvement Important?

In study after study, researchers discover how important it is for parents to be actively involved in their child’s education.

  • When parents are involved in their child’s education at home, they are more successful in school.
  • The family makes critical contributions to student achievement from preschool through high school. A home environment that encourages learning is more important to student achievement than income, education level or cultural background.
  • Reading achievement is more dependent on learning activities in the home than is math or science. Reading aloud to children is the most important activity that parents can do to increase their child’s chance of reading success.  Talking to children about books and stories read to them also supports reading achievement.
  • When children and parents talk regularly about school, children perform better academically.
  • Three types of parent involvement at home are consistently associated with higher student achievement; actively organizing and monitoring a child’s time, helping with homework, and discussing school matters.
  • The earlier that parent involvement begins in a child’s educational process, the more powerful the effects.
  • Positive results of parent involvement include improved student achievement, reduced absenteeism, improved behavior, and restored confidence among parents in their child’s schooling.

Hamshire-Fannett Independent School District

Parents’ Right to Know

As a full partner in a child’s education, parents have rights that are governed by Texas Code, and Hamshire-Fannett Independent School District.

At the beginning of each school year, Hamshire-Fannett Independent School District must notify the parents of each student attending a Title I, Part A, campus that they will provide parents upon request (and in a timely manner), information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teacher, including, at a minimum, the following:

  • Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade level and subject area in which the teacher provides instruction.
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualifications or licensing criteria have been waived.
  • The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
  • Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

 

Parent Notification

A campus that receives Title I, Part A, funds must provide to each individual parent:

  • Information on the level of achievement of the parent’s child in each of the state academic assessments as required under Title I, Part A; and
  • Timely notice that the parent’s child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified.

Hamshire-Fannett Independent School District parents, in their relationship with schools, have the right to:

  • A school environment for their child that is safe and supportive of learning.
  • Be treated with respect by all members of the school staff and as full partners in their child’s education.
  • Work in a mutually supportive and respectful partnership with schools.
  • Have the opportunities for all families to participate in the instructional process.

 

Hamshire-Fannett Independent School District parents, in order to support high academic achievement for their children, have the right to:

  • Examine the curriculum materials of the class in which their child is enrolled.
  • Expect qualified teachers who are good role models.
  • Expect textbooks, materials, and supplies that reinforce good learning.
  • Expect an instructional program that recognizes individual learning styles and special needs
  • Have access to school performance data.

 

Hamshire-Fannett Independent School District parents, in order to be knowledge about their child’s educational experience, has the right to:

  • Receive information concerning the academic performance standards, proficiencies or skills their child is expected to accomplish.
  • Be informed in advance about school rules, school calendars, activities, attendance policies, dress codes, and procedures for visiting the school.
  • Receive prompt responses to inquiries.
  • Be notified in a timely basis if their child is absent from school.
  • Be notified promptly about disciplinary action against their child.
  • Confer with their child’s teacher.

Hamshire-Fannett Independent School District

Parent Involvement Policy

Part I

It is the goal of Hamshire-Fannett Independent School District to have our Title I, Part A, campuses and parents working together as partners to increase student achievement and development. Our district agrees to implement the following statutory requirement:

  • HFISD will put into operation programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents in our Title I, Part A, programs, consistent with section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). These programs, activities, and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.
  • Consistent with section 1118, HFISD will work to ensure that the required school-level parent involvement policies meet the requirements of section 1118(b) of the ESEA, and each include, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with section 1118(d) of the ESEA.
  • HFISD will incorporate the district-wide parent involvement policy into its LEA plan developed under section 1112 of the ESEA.
  • In carrying out the Title I, Part A, parent involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, HFISD will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required under section 1111 of the ESEA in an understandable and uniform format and, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.
  • HFISD will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A, schools in decisions about how funds will be allotted.
  • HFISD will be governed by the following statutory definition of parent involvement, and expects that Title I, Part A, schools will carry out programs, activities and procedures in accordance with this definition:

Parent involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student’s academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring—

 

  1. that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;
  2. that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;
  3. 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;
  4. the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA.