Parent and Family Engagement Policy for Title I Students
The Board of Education (Board) endorses the parent involvement goals of Title I and encourages
the regular participation by parents and family members of Title I eligible children in all aspects of
the program. The education of children is viewed as a cooperative effort among the parents, school
and community. In this policy, the word “parent” also includes guardians and other family
members involved in supervising the child’s schooling. Therefore, complying with Section 1010 of
The Every Student Succeeds Act, P.L. 114-95, the Board will provide parents and family members
of students participating in District Title I programs meaningful opportunities to participate in the
education of their children within these programs.
Pursuant to federal law, the District will develop jointly with, agree on with and distribute to
parents and family members of children participating in the Title I program a written parent and
family engagement policy. This policy shall be distributed in an understandable and uniform
format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand. In addition, this
policy shall be made available to the public and updated periodically, as necessary to fulfill the
requirements of the parent and family engagement portion of ESSA (Section 1010).
At the required annual meeting of Title I parents, parents will have opportunities to participate in
the design, development, operation and evaluation of the program for the next school year.
Proposed activities shall be presented to fulfill the requirements necessary to address the
requirements of parental and family engagement.
In addition to the required annual meeting, at least three additional meetings shall be held, at
various times of the day and/or evenings, for parents of children participating in the Title I program.
These meetings shall be used to provide parents with:
The ability to be involved in an organized, ongoing, and timely way in the planning, review and improvement of Title I programs;
The opportunity to be involved in an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this policy in improving in those schools receiving Title I funds the academic quality; (Evidence-based strategies shall be used by the Board, based on this evaluation, by design
more effective parental involvement)
Information about programs provided under Title I;
A description and explanation of the curriculum in use, the forms of academic assessment
used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet;
Opportunities to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions
relating to the education of their children; and
The opportunity to bring parent comments, if they are dissatisfied with the school’s Title I
program, to the district level.
Title I funding, if sufficient, may be used to facilitate parent attendance at meetings through
payment of transportation and childcare costs.
The parents of children identified to participate in Title I programs shall receive from the school
Principal and Title I staff an explanation of the reasons supporting each child's selection for the
program, a set of objectives to be addressed, and a description of the services to be provided.
Opportunities will be provided for the parents to meet with the classroom and Title I teachers to
discuss their child's progress. Parents will also receive guidance as to how they can assist in the
education of their children at home.
The required annual evaluation of the District’s Title I program shall include identifying:
Barriers to greater participation by parents in program activities, with particular attention
given to parents who are economically disadvantaged, disabled, have limited English
proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background;
The needs of parent and family members to assist with the learning of their children,
including engaging with school personnel and teachers; and
Strategies which can support successful school and family interaction.
Each school in the District receiving Title I funds and involved in Title I programs shall jointly
develop with parents of children served in the program a “School-Parent Compact” outlining the
manner in which parents, school staff and students share the responsibility for improved student
academic achievement in meeting State standards.
The “School-Parent Compact” shall:
Describe the school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a
supportive and effective learning environment enabling children in the Title I program to
meet the State’s challenging academic achievement standards;
Indicate the ways in which each parent will be responsible for supporting their children’s
learning, such as monitoring attendance, homework completion, monitoring television
watching, volunteering in the classroom, and participating, as appropriate, in decisions
related to their child’s education and positive use of extra-curricular time; and
Address the importance of parent-teacher communication on an on-going basis, with at a
minimum, parent-teacher conferences, frequent reports to parents, and reasonable access to
Ensure regular, two-way, meaningful communication between family members and school
staff, and to the extent practicable, in a language understandable to family members.
Information about parental involvement and actions taken to improve parental involvement shall
be included, as required, in the strategic school profile submitted annually by the Superintendent
to the Board of Education and the Commissioner of Education. Such actions to improve parental
involvement may include methods used to engage parents in the planning and improvement of
school programs and to increase support to parent’s efforts at home to assist their children on
This policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed upon by, parents and family members of
children participating in District Title I programs.
Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes
10-220(c) Duties of boards of education
Improving America’s Schools Act, P.L. No. 103-382, Sec. 1112 Local Education Agency Plans.
20 U.S.C. §6318, as amended by Every Student Succeeds Act, P.L. 14-95 §1010 (2015)
20 U.S/.C. §7801 - Definitions
North End Middle School and the parents of students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title I agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the state’s high standards. This school-parent compact is in effect during the 2022-2023 school year.
Required School-Parent Compact Provisions
North End Middle School will:
- Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the state’s student academic achievement standards.
- Hold parent-teacher conferences, specifically, those conferences can be held upon request of the teacher(s), parent(s), or administration.
- Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress. Specifically, the school will provide reports via PowerSchool
- Provide parents with reasonable access to staff. Specifically, staff will be available for consultation with parents as follows: scheduled appointments, parent/teacher conferences, through email or ParentSquare messages during the normal school day. Virtual appointments and translators available upon request.
- Providing instruction in a way that will motivate and encourage students.
- Providing a safe and positive atmosphere for learning.
- Explaining assignments so that my students have a clear understanding.
- Supplying clear evaluations of students’ progress to students and parents.
- Contacting the parents of the students in my class through ParentSquare messages, conferences, or telephone calls to show an active interest in the success of my students.
- Providing opportunities for parents to engage with the school during family and parent. Events will be hosted in a combination of virtual & in person formats and will be held at variety of different times during the day.
We, as parents, will support our children’s learning in the following ways:
- Monitoring attendance.
- Making sure that homework is completed.
- Regularly checking my child’s progress through Powerschool.
- Promoting positive use of my child’s extracurricular time.
- Participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to my child’s education.
- Staying informed about my child’s education and communicating with the school by promptly reading all notices from the school or the school district either received by my child or by ParentSquare and responding, as appropriate.
- Providing a caring environment, so my child is ready to learn.
- Providing a time and place for quiet study and reading at home.
- Helping my child daily in any way possible to meet his/her responsibilities, such as completing homework and encouraging appropriate behavior.
- Contacting my child’s teacher by notes, conferences, or parent square messages to show an active interest in my child’s education.
- Attending at least one parent involvement activity such as Literacy Night, STEM Night, Coffee With Counselors, or other family activities throughout the school year.
- Reviewing the information that is sent home & posted on parent square.
We, as students, will share the responsibility to improve our academic achievement and achieve the State’s high standards. Specifically, we will:
- Show respect and cooperation with all adults at the school.
- Come to class on time and prepared to work.
- Complete all assignments to the best of my ability.
- Respect the rights of others to learn without disruption.
- Show respect for people and property.
- Follow the rules outlined in the student.
- Spend time daily at home studying and reading.
- Give my parent or the adult who is responsible for my welfare all notices and information received by me from my school.
(Signatures are not required)