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FIELD TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS

PURPOSE

The Pocahontas County Board of Education is supportive of the efforts of the faculty to provide a full range of educational experiences for all students. School field trips are for the purpose of pursuing educational activities that are not available in the traditional school setting.

 

RESPONSIBILITY

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent and his/her designee to administer this policy. It is the policy, of the Board, that field trips for enhancing the instructional programs in the external environment shall occur under the following criteria:

 

Instructional Day Field Trips:

  1. Field trips to enhance the instructional objectives of any class or course will be approved by the principal or building level administrator. Trip requests shall be submitted through regular administrative channels.
  2. The primary purpose of scheduling field trips is to extend the options for achieving teaching instructional goals. Therefore, the major portion of the time scheduled for field trips that require use of instructional time shall be spent in activities that meet the objectives of the lesson plan.
  3. The financial limitations of any student shall not limit his/her participation in the field trips scheduled as part of the instructional day, included are groups such as athletic teams and bands.

 

Financial Support

  1. In support of the instructional program, each school will be given an annual allocation for educational trips, with an education trip being defined as one that enhances the course content standards and objectives. Each school will receive annually a base allocation plus a per student allocation based on the prior year second month enrollment.  Transportation costs will be calculated at a reduced rate per hour for the driver and a per mile fuel cost. Substitute teacher costs will be calculated at a reduced rate per day.  The individual schools cannot carry the annual allocation balances forward to the next school year. However, each school will be permitted to use one-half of the end-of-year balance for instructional materials and/or equipment. The other half will revert back to the Board.  This allocation will be initially awarded on September 1st , 2007, for the 2007-2008 of the school year.  This process will be reviewed annually.  Schools will be notified annually by September 1.

 

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The Pocahontas County Board of Education will be reimbursed fully for expenses incurred for all field trips funded solely by grants.

 

  1. A special allocation will be available to student academic groups and/or clubs competing in national competitions relative to their express purpose. This allocation will support county and state winners at the rate of $100 per student for a maximum number of ten students.
  2. The Board will not approve any non-school trip, such as after graduation “senior” trips, during the school calendar or any other time that school is not in session.

 

Definitions:

Curricular trip is any trip planned to support classroom instruction and is closely tied to the instructional learning outcomes or content standards and objectives.

 

Extra-curricular trips are those associated with extra-curricular activities such as interscholastic sports, bands, and clubs and generally not confined to the instructional day.  However, there may be times when these are scheduled during the instructional day or part of it.

 

Recreational field trips are those activities that are not associated with co-curricular or extra-curricular field trips such as trips to amusement parks, ski trips, bowling alleys, etc.

 

Pocahontas County Guidelines for Field Trips and Other Off-School Site Educational Experiences During the National Terrorist Alert Levels

 

During times of national concern for the safety and welfare of our citizens and students, the Pocahontas County school administration will review the appropriateness of all field trips, extra-curricular activities, interscholastic sports, and other educational opportunities in which our students are involved in order to ensure that these activities are in their continued best interest.  Although our intent is to provide and maintain the most normal experiences for students as it relates to educational experiences, it is the intent not to place any student or groups of students at additional risk.

 

 

 

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  1. Out-of-school activities that require students to leave the school community will be considered on an individual trip or activity basis when the national alert is at the orange level or higher. This review will include all field trips, extra-curricular and interscholastic activities.
  2. School officials, coaches, and sponsors of these activities are required to consult with the principal in regard to the continued appropriateness of the trip in light of the current national alert levels.
  3. The primary factors of group size, age, length of stay, destination, mode of transportation, and national and local destination alerts must be considered in making a decision regarding the status of the trip. Financial considerations or possible loss of revenue or deposits cannot be considered as a factor.  Principals and other trip coordinators must, as a condition of the approval of the Pocahontas County Board of Education, inform parents and guardians of students making trips of this nature that there is a chance a cancellation of a trip may result in a loss of feeds paid in advance of the trip.  Every effort will be made to refund money as a result of the cancellation; however, contracts written in support of trips generally have a cancellation clause that reduces the amount of the refund possible the closer that you are to the departure date. Only refund to the individuals will be the amount that they have paid out-of-pocket.
  4. Each principal will consult with the appropriate county administrator well in advance of the trip and as necessary, up to the departure and return of the student groups. County administrators are to consult with any agency or organization responsible for home security.
  5. Trip planners, principals, and county administrators are to plan and prepare student participants for any emergencies procedures expected to be followed during the trip so proper response and reactions will be maximized. These preparations should include the involvement of local emergency responders who are knowledgeable of the risk potential at the trip’s destination as well as the risk involved based upon the mode of transportation and the routes selected for travel.
  6. Following the cancellation of a field trip, extra-curricular or educational activity, teachers, chaperones, and other planners or individuals including parents and students, are not permitted to use any of the arrangements of the cancelled trip or activity for personal use or gain. Any refunds are to be distributed to the individual students in a fair and equitable manner and the only amount of the refund will not be more than the individual has paid out-of-pocket.  The Board of Education may request an audit of the cancelled trips accounting procedures to ensure compliance of this procedure.

 

 

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Field Trip Preparation

 

  1. Prior to the trips departure one employee, who will be attending the field trip, is to be designated as the field trip leader or sponsor. All trips, including by personal vehicle, and all information regarding the trip shall be entered into the Travel Tracker program and shall be entered at least 10 days prior to the departure date.   
  2. All trips must be approved by the school principal, Transportation Director, and/or Superintendent and Board of Education. All overnight and out of state trips shall be approved by the Pocahontas County Board of Education.  Sponsors of the trip must be mindful of the Board of Education meeting schedule as out of state and overnight trip must be placed on the Board of Education agenda for approval. 
  3. Prior to the trips departure one employee, who will be attending the field trip, is to be designated as the field trip leader or sponsor.
  4. All students must have a signed permission form on file with the school indicating parent permission has been granted to attend.
  5. A list of all participants (students and adults) is maintained prior to the trip by the trip sponsor.
  6. A list who is actually riding on each bus is to be provided each bus driver and a copy of the same list is to be left at the school office prior to departure.
  7. Parent chaperones must sign a form indicating their agreement to the schools expectations and obligations for chaperones.
  8. A meeting is to be held at least one day prior to departure for any overnight trips to provide them with details of the trip and any specific requirements.

 

 

Adopted: January, 2007

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GAK-R

Personnel Records

Maintenance of Records

The school administration accurately maintains and secures a personnel file in the office of the Superintendent for each employee it employs. The personnel file includes the following sections:

A. Section One: Employment applications, verifications of previous employment,
enrollment form for retirement board, college placement credentials, resumes, personnel record card, selective service records (when applicable), letters of reference, change of beneficiary forms and copy of birth certificates.

B. Section Two: All correspondence for certification and professional certificates.
Immigration records are also in this section.

C. Section Three: employment letters, contracts of employment, requests for transfer of
assignment, letters of resignation and requests for leave of absence.

Additional Information

No complaint, commendation, suggestion or evaluation may be placed in the evaluation file unless it meets the following requirements:

A. The comment is signed by the person making the complaint, commendation,
suggestion or evaluation; and

B. The Superintendent or employee's supervisor has notified the employee in writing by
mail or in person that the comment is available in the Superintendent's office for inspection prior to its placement in the employee's evaluation section.

The employee may offer a denial or explanation of the complaint, commendation, suggestion or evaluation, and any such denial or explanation shall become a part of the employee's file.

General Access to the Employee's Personnel File

Access to an employee's personnel file may be given to the Superintendent or his designee without the consent of the employee.

No other person may have access to employee's personnel file except under the following circumstances:

A. When the employee gives written consent to the release of his records. The written
consent must specify the records to be released and to whom they are to be released. Each request for consent must be handled separately; blanket permission for release of information shall not be accepted.

B. When subpoenaed or under court order.

Employee Access to His Personnel File

Employee may have access to his own personnel file at all reasonable times, i.e., during regular office hours.

The right to access includes the right to make written objections to any information contained in the file. Any written objection must be signed by the employee and it shall become part of the personnel file.

Procedures

The Superintendent shall be the records manager for personnel files and shall have the overall responsibility for maintaining and preserving the confidentiality of personnel files. He may, however, designate another official to perform the duties of the records manager for him.

A list shall be posted on the outside of the file cabinet, with the names of those persons authorized by the Superintendent to have access to the files.

The Board of Education requires that sufficient records exist to ensure an employee's qualifications for the job held, compliance with Federal, State, and local benefit programs, conformance with County rules and evidence of completed evaluations. Such records will be kept in compliance with the laws of the State of West Virginia.

The departments of Finance and Personnel will be the custodians of all employee personnel records.

A single central file shall be maintained, and subsidiary records shall be maintained for ease in data gathering only.

Only that information which pertains to the professional role of the employee and submitted by duly authorized school administrative personnel and the Board may be entered in the official record file. The employee shall be informed whether requested information is legally required or whether s/he may decline to supply the information.

The employee shall have access to his/her file upon request, within a reasonable time frame. A copy of each such entry shall be given to the employee upon request, upon a reasonable time frame and subject to the customary copy charge.

Personnel records shall not be available to Board members and school administrators except as may be required in the performance of their jobs.

Each employee is responsible for the complete and accurate filing of the following items in the appropriate offices of the county:

  1. Valid certificate, or license
  2. Application of employment form
  3. College transcripts
  4. Letters of recommendation, or placement files
  5. Contract information
  6. Employment letter
  7. State teacher’s retirement form
  8. Social Security number
  9. Income tax exemption certificate
  10. Drug Free Form
  11. Fingerprint/Background Check Results
  12. Certificate of “Verification of teaching experience outside of Pocahontas County.”

This applies only to those professional employees who have had professional education experience outside of Pocahontas County.

  1. Bus drivers, the Superintendent, and others upon request shall produce and place on

file evidence of a medical examination pronouncing the employee physically and/or mentally fit to perform all assigned duties. This information shall be on file in the Personnel Office.

  1. All service personnel shall have a “Verification of years of employment” which

means the number of years which an employee classified as service personnel has been employed by a board in any position including services in the armed forces of the United States, if the employee were employed at the time of his/her induction.

  1. All school personnel shall have an approved tuberculin skin test at time of

employment or more frequently if medically indicated. Positive reactors to the skin test are to be immediately referred to a physician for evaluation and indicated treatment or further study. The County Health Officer shall be responsible for arranging proper follow-up of school personnel who are unable to obtain physician evaluation for a converted tuberculin skin test. School personnel found to have tuberculosis in a communicable stage shall have their employment discontinued or suspended until their disease has been arrested and is no longer communicable. School personnel who have not had the required examination will be suspended from employment until reports of examination are confirmed.

  1. Benefactors of training, as updated to reflect then current information.

Adopted: April, 1976

Revised: February, 1984

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Critical Need/Shortage - Substitute Teachers

 

Pursuant to WV Code §18A-2-3, a person receiving retirement benefits under the provisions of WV Code §18-7A-1, et seq., may accept employment as a substitute teacher for an unlimited number of days under certain specified circumstances each fiscal year without affecting the monthly retirement benefit  to which the retiree is otherwise entitled.

 

There exists in Pocahontas County Schools a critical need and shortage of substitute teachers in the following areas: reading specialist, special education, elementary education, science, mathematics, art, music, alternative education, career and technical education, physical education/health, library/media specialist, option pathway, driver’s education, and administration. Accordingly, this policy provides for the employment of retired teachers as substitute teachers during the school year.

 

Prior to employment of a retired teacher as a critical needs substitute teacher beyond the post-retirement employment limitations established by the Consolidated Public Retirement Board, the superintendent will submit to the state board in a form approved by the Consolidated Public Retirement Board and the state board, an affidavit signed by the superintendent stating the name of the county, the fact that the county has adopted a policy to employ retired teachers as substitutes to address areas of critical need and shortage, the name or names of the person or persons to be employed as a critical needs substitute pursuant to the policy, the critical need and shortage area position filled by each person, the date that the person gave notice to the county board of the person’s intent to retire, and the effective date of the person’s retirement. Upon verification of compliance with this section and the eligibility of the critical needs substitute teacher for employment beyond the post-retirement limit, the state board shall submit the affidavit to the Consolidated Public Retirement Board.

 

Retired teachers may be employed as a substitute teacher in an area of critical need and shortage on an expanded basis only when no other teacher who holds certification and training in the area and who is not retired is available and accepts the substitute assignment.

 

An area of critical need and shortage is to  be an area of certification and training in which the number of available substitute teachers in the county who hold certification and training in that area and who are not retired is insufficient to meet the projected need for substitute teachers.”

 

Any person who retires and begins work as a substitute teacher within the same employment term shall lose those retirement benefits attributed to the annuity reserve, effective from the first day of employment as a retiree substitute in that employment term and ending with the month following the date the retiree ceases to perform service as a substitute. A teacher is eligible to be employed as a critical needs substitute to fill a vacant position only if the retired teacher’s retirement became effective at least 20 days before the beginning of the employment term during which he or she is employed as a substitute.

 

Retired teachers employed to perform expanded substitute service pursuant to this subsection are considered day-to-day, temporary, part-time employees. The substitutes are not eligible for additional pension or other benefits paid to regularly employed employees and shall not accrue seniority.

 

When a retired teacher is employed as a substitute to fill a vacant position, the county board shall continue to post the vacant position until it is filled with a fully certified or permitted person. Electronic posting of these positions through both the county website and the WVDE job posting websites shall occur until the position is filled.

 

 

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This policy is in effect beginning with the 2018-2019  2019-2020 school year only and requires annual renewal by the county board of education. This policy shall expire on June 30, 2019  2020and is subject to renewal by the county board and state board on an annual basis.  The provisions of W. Va. Code § 18A-2-3 regarding the expanded use of substitutes in areas of critical need and shortage expire on June 30, 2019. 2020

 

SUBSTITUTES IN AREAS OF CRITICAL NEED AND SHORTAGE

 

Purpose: The purpose of this policy is to provide for the employment of retired teachers as substitutes in areas of critical need and shortage.

 

Findings:

The Pocahontas County Board of Education hereby finds and determines that

  • There presently exists within Pocahontas County, West Virginia, a critical need for substitute teachers in the areas of reading specialist, special education, elementary education, science, mathematics, art, music, alternative education, career and technical education, physical education/health, library/media specialist, and administration.
  • There is also a shortage of certified substitutes available to cover these areas of critical need; and
  • The Superintendent has recommended the Board adopt a policy permitting retired teachers to substitute for an unlimited number of days in order to help alleviate these critical needs shortages

 

Policy: The Pocahontas County Board of Education hereby adopts a policy to permit retired teachers to substitute for an unlimited number of days in the school year, without affecting such retiree's monthly retirement benefit, in order to alleviate the critical needs and shortages identified above, all in accordance with the provisions of WV Code §18A-2-3.

 

Effective Dates: This policy shall be effective for the 2018-2019  2019-2020school year and requires annual renewal by the both the county board of education and the West Virginia State Board of Education.

 

State Board Approval: The Superintendent shall cause a copy of this policy to be transmitted to the West Virginia State Board of Education for its approval prior to employment of a retired teacher as a substitute beyond the period now permitted without affecting the retired teacher's monthly retirement benefit.

 

 

 

Adopted: November, 2005

Revised: June 16, 2014

Revised: April 13, 2015

Revised: July 14, 2015

Revised: June 6, 2016

Revised: June 5, 2017

Revised: May 21, 2018

Revised:

 

 

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Pocahontas County Schools

 Dual Credit/Advanced Placement Policy

 

 

 

Purpose-This purpose of this policy is to establish procedures for the awarding of dual credits at the secondary level, as authorized by WVBE Policy 2510:  Assuring the Quality of Education: Regulations for Education Programs, Section 5.4.f.1.C. County boards of education shall adopt policies that allow students to earn credit for completion of college courses and other advanced courses outside the school setting. If these courses, including dual credit courses, are used to meet graduation requirements, the county policy must be reviewed by the WVDE and approved by the WVBE.

 

Dual credit course development engages secondary and postsecondary teachers of the content area and administrators to determine alignment of the content standards and objectives for both the secondary and postsecondary course.  The instructor of the dual credit course must also provide adequate opportunities for the secondary course content standards and objectives to be delivered in the dual credit course. The course syllabus must address both the secondary and postsecondary content.

 

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC) Series 19 must be consulted when developing dual credit courses to ensure compliance with HEPC requirements.

 

Program Components-The dual credit course syllabus must provide for 180 days of instruction, clarifying student assignments on dates when college may not be in session, how missed days of instruction at the secondary level will be handled when the college is in session, etc.

 

A dual credit course is one that provides students both high school and college credit. Such a course must meet both the specified course content standards and objectives for secondary offering and the college course requirements. Dual credit courses may be delivered at the high school, on the college campus, another site not located at the high school or college campus, in a virtual environment, or through a combination of these delivery methods.

 

 If a student does not earn the dual credit, that student may recover the traditional credit via credit recovery through WV Virtual Schools.  This credit would be earned either at Pocahontas County High School or another location under the direction of Pocahontas County Schools.

 

Dual credit courses will be graded by the school-based AP teacher, and the college course grades will be given by the college offering the dual credit course.

 

Dual credit courses may be used to substitute for a required graduation course and include AP Biology, AP Calculus, College Algebra, English Composition I, English Composition II, AP Computer Science, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish, and AP Government and Politics for the 2018-2019  2019-2020 school year.

 

Students will be required to pay the tuition cost of the class and any required textbooks, if Pocahontas County Schools are unable to cover those costs.

 

It is possible that not all colleges will accept or recognize dual credit courses.

 

 

 

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Course Syllabus – A syllabus must be provided for all dual credit courses and is to be comprised of the following: nature of the course, expectations, course completion requirements, prerequisites, admission requirements, course content, grading policy, attendance requirements, dropping classes feature, cost to the student and any other relevant information.

 

 

WVEIS Course Codes for Scheduling

Dual credit courses must list the appropriate 4 digit course code for which high school credit is being given.  Dual credit courses must also use an “X” in the sixth digit of the course code.  Other college courses without an equivalent high school course code or not being used for graduation credit should use course codes 7676 through 7690 as assigned in the WVEIS Course Code manual. If the college course is a dual credit course being used for elective credit, those courses must also use an “X” in the sixth digit of the course code (e.g. College Psychology, sociology, communications).

 

Adopted: July 28, 2014

Revised: July 14, 2015

Revised: June 6, 2016

Revised: June 5, 2017

Revised: May 21, 2018

Revised:

 

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Pocahontas County Parent Involvement Policy

 

MISSION STATEMENT

 

The Pocahontas County Board of Education believes that parent involvement at the early childhood, middle and adolescent levels is absolutely fundamental to a healthy system of public education. Strong partnerships between homes and schools are needed if quality education is to be provided to all children. Parents and teachers, by fostering a sense of cooperative responsibility, can reinforce each other’s efforts. As their children’s first and most enduring teachers, parents can complement their children’s school learning and behavior by serving as collaborators in the educational process. The resulting home-school partnerships can have positive effects on parent, teacher and student attitudes, classroom instruction, and student achievement.

 

The term “parents,” as used in this policy, are those individuals with legal or quasi-legal custodianship (i.e., biological, adoptive, foster parents). The term also expands to include family members (i.e., aunts, brothers, grandparents) and significant others whose involvement may be important to the child.

 

GOAL

 

The goal of Pocahontas County’s parent involvement program is to improve home-school-community relations which will result in cooperative responsibility for the success of the educational program.

 

IMPLEMENTATION

Pocahontas County Schools will provide an on-going two-way communication system that includes timely opportunities for parents and school staff to interact.

 

Pocahontas County Schools, in cooperation with state and local agencies, will provide training for

administrators, teachers and parents in methods and procedures required to develop and implement home-school partnership plans.

 

Each school, assisted by central office staff, shall develop home-school partnership plans which include:

1)         Training teachers and parents to develop skills in becoming partners in                  education

2)         School activities to include ways that parent can assist their children at                                                    home and ideas for parents to become active decision-makers in the                                                        educational process

 

 

Title I Schools

 

Part I                General Expectations

 

 

Pocahontas County Schools agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:

 

  • Pocahontas County Schools will put into operation programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools with Title I, Part A programs, consistent with section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Those programs, activities and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.

 

 

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  • Consistent with section 1118, the school district will work with its schools to ensure that the required school-level parental 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.
  • Pocahontas County Schools will incorporate this district-wide parental involvement policy into its LEA plan developed under section 1112 of the ESEA.
  • In carrying out the Title I, Part A parental involvement requirements to the extent practicable, the school district and its schools 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.
  • If the LEA plan for Title I, Part A developed under section 1112 of the ESEA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school district will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school district submits the plan to the State Department of Education.
  • Pocahontas County Schools will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental involvement are spent, and will ensure that not less than 95 percent of the funds reserved goes directly to the schools.
  • Pocahontas County Schools will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and expects that its Title I schools 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

  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.

 

Part II   Description of How District Will Implement Required District-Wide Parental Involvement

 

The Pocahontas County School System will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development of its district-wide parental involvement plan under section 1112 of the ESEA:

 

  • Two parent representatives from each school (one LSIC member and one additional parent volunteer) will be part of the Parent Advisory Council.
  • The Pocahontas County Schools will provide opportunities for parents to provide input for the involvement plan at meetings.
  • Review the Parent Involvement Policy annually

 

The Pocahontas County Schools will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement under section 1116 of the ESEA:

 

  • Yearly review of Parent Compact
  • Yearly elections for the LSIC
  • Completion of Parent Community Surveys
  • Invite parents to participate in strategic planning
  • Have the County and School Strategic Plans accessible to parents and community

 

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The Pocahontas County School System will provide the following necessary coordination, technical assistance and other support to assist Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance:

 

  • The Director monitors the program and provides and receives feedback to and from principals.
  • Provide training/resources to teachers and principals to help them to work cooperatively with parents
  • Coordinate with business partners
  • Hire three Parent Involvement Coordinators to coordinate school-based parent involvement activities in cooperation with Title I teachers and principals.

 

The Pocahontas County Schools will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies in Part A with parental involvement strategies under the following programs [such as: Head Start, Pocahontas County Prevention Coalition, SPLASH, Pre-School, Energy Express, Family Resource Network and other available opportunities with key partners];

 

The Pocahontas County Schools will take the following actions to conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parental involvement policy in improving the quality of its Title I, Part A schools. The evaluation will include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in parental involvement activities (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background). The school district will use the findings of the evaluation about its parental involvement policy and activities to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary (and with the involvement of parents) its parental involvement policies. Each parent will receive a copy of this policy and input is welcomed.

 

  • Utilize parent surveys to evaluate needs;
  • Meet with Title I Committee to revise and evaluate policy

The Pocahontas County Schools, in conjunction with Local School Improvement Councils, will build the schools’ and parent’s capacity for strong parental involvement. In order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the schools involved, parents and the community will strive to improve student academic achievement through the following activities specifically described below:

 

    1. Pocahontas County Schools will, with the assistance of its Title I, Part A schools, and Local School Improvement Councils, provide assistance to parents of children served by the school district or school, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following, by undertaking the actions described in this paragraph:
  1. State’s academic content standards;
  2. State’s student academic achievement standards;

iii. State and local academic assessments including alternate assessments;

  1. Requirements of Part A of Title I;
  2. Monitoring each child’s progress;
  3. Methods to work with educators; and

vii. As a parent of a student, parents will have the right to know the professional qualification of the classroom teachers who instruct their children. Federal law allows parents to ask for certain information about classroom teachers and requires the LEA to provide information in a timely manner if requested.

 

    1. Pocahontas County Schools, with the assistance of its schools and Local School Improvement Councils, will provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement. Literacy training, using technology, fostering parental involvement as appropriate, will promote positive parent/student/teacher relationships and interaction.

 

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    1. Pocahontas County Schools, with the assistance of its schools and parents, educate its teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff, in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools,

 

    1. Pocahontas County Schools will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Pocahontas County Prevention Coalition, County Pre-K Programs, Energy Express, Family Resource Network and other available opportunities with key partners, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children,

 

    1. The school district will take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, via parent newsletters, news releases, calendar of events, Pocahontas County Board of Education website as well as individual school websites and/or other forms of communication as needed.

 

 

Part III              Adoption

 

This District-Wide Parental Involvement Policy is developed as required by Section 1118(a)(2) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This policy is adopted by the Pocahontas County Schools to be distributed to all parents of participating Title I, Part A children on or before September 1 of each school year. This policy will be effective for the 2016-2017 year and will go into effect on July 1, 2016.

 

 

Revised: July 14, 2015

 

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