We value the partnership that helps strengthen learning for our students. We are grateful to have strong partnerships with our parents and families. We appreciate your ideas and input about how to make our school even better. We look forward to communicating with you often. Our goal is to have 100% in attendance at our Elliott Fall and Winter parent teacher conferences.
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General – Parental/Community Involvement in Schools
Lincoln Public Schools welcomes parental involvement in the education of their children. We recognize that parental involvement increases student success. It is Lincoln Public Schools’ policy to foster and facilitate, to the extent appropriate and in their primary language, parental information about, and involvement in, the education of their children. Policies and regulations are established to protect the emotional, physical, and social well-being of all students.
- Parental involvement is a part of the ongoing and timely planning, review and improvement of District and building programs.
- Parents are encouraged to support the implementation of District policies and regulations.
- Parents are encouraged to monitor their student’s progress by reviewing quarterly report cards and attending parent-teacher conferences.
- Textbooks, tests and other curriculum materials used in the District are available for review by parents upon request.
- Parents are provided access to records of students according to law and school policy.
- Parents are encouraged to attend courses, assemblies, counseling sessions and other instructional activities with prior approval of the proper teacher or counselor and administrator. Parents’ continued attendance at such activities will be based on the students’ well-being.
- Testing occurs in this school District as determined to be appropriate by District staff to assure proper measurement of educational progress and achievement.
- Parents submitting written requests to have their student excused from testing, classroom instruction and other school experiences will be granted that request when possible and educationally appropriate. Requests should be submitted to the proper teacher or administrator within a reasonable time prior to the testing, classroom instruction or other school experience and should be accompanied by a written explanation for the request. A plan for an acceptable alternative shall be approved by the proper teacher and administrator prior to, or as a part of, the granting of any parent request.
- Participation in surveys of students occurs in this District when determined appropriate by District staff for educational purposes. Parents will be notified prior to the administration of surveys in accordance with District policy. Timely written parental requests to remove students from such surveys will be granted in accordance with District policy (6620, 6620.1, 6621, 6621.1). In some cases (see regulation 6621.1), parent permission must be given before the survey is administered.
- Parents are invited to express their concerns, share their ideas and advocate for their children’s education with Lincoln Board of Education members, administrators and staff.
- School District staff and parents will participate in an annual evaluation and revision, if needed, of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy.
It is also the policy of Lincoln Public Schools to implement programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents in Title I programs consistent with the Title I laws, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Such programs, activities and procedures shall be planned and implemented with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.
Parental Involvement in Title I Programs
The policies set forth in this regulation apply to parents of students in Title I programs and have been established in order to implement programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents in Title I programs consistent with the Title I laws, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
Expectations for Parental Involvement
It is the expectation of Lincoln Public Schools that parents of participating children will have opportunities available for parental involvement in the programs, activities and procedures of the District’s Title I program. The term “parental involvement” means the participation of parents in regular, two-way and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring (A) that parents play an integral role in assisting their children’s learning; (B) that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school; (C) 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; and (D) the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in this parental involvement policy. The District intends to meet this expectation through the following activities:
- Involving parents in the joint development of the District’s Title I plan and the processes of school review and school improvement.
- Providing coordination, technical assistance and other support necessary to assist participating schools in planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance.
- Building the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement.
- Coordinating and integrating parental involvement strategies under Title I with parental involvement strategies under other programs.
- Conducting, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy in improving the academic quality of the schools served under the Title I program, including identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in Title I programs, 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, and use the findings of such evaluation to design strategies for more effective parental involvement and to revise, if necessary, the parental involvement policies of the District.
- The responsibilities of the school, parents, and children in increasing student learning and achievement are identified in our Elliott School Learning Compact. The compacts are signed at the beginning of the year with one copy going home and the other kept on file with the classroom teacher. It will be reviewed at our fall parent-teacher conferences and throughout the year as needed. Periodically, parents are invited to review the compact and make suggestions for revisions.
- Involving parents in the activities of the schools served under Title I.