Federal Program Initiatives
School Parent and Family Engagement Policy
Tucker Elementary School
Tucker Elementary School receives Title I, Part A funds and therefore must jointly develop with, agree
on with, and distribute to parents and family members of participating children a written parent and
family engagement policy, agreed on by such parents that shall describe the means of carrying out the
requirements of The Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) Section 1116. Parents shall be notified of
the policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a
language the parents can understand. Such policy shall be made available to the local community and
updated periodically to meet the changing needs of the parents and the school. The policy establishes
the school’s expectations for parent and family engagement and describes how the school will
implement a number of specific parental and family engagement activities.
Tucker Elementary School understands that parent and family engagement means the participation of
parents and families in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic
learning and other school activities, including ensuring:
Parents and families play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning
Parents and families are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school
Parents and families 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
Tucker Elementary School agrees to implement the following requirements as outlined by ESSA
A. ANNUAL TITLE I MEETING
Tucker Elementary School will take the following actions to conduct an annual meeting, at a
convenient time, and encourage and invite all parents of participating children to attend to
inform them about the school’s Title I program, the nature of the Title I program, the parents’
requirements, the school parental involvement policy, the schoolwide plan, and the school-
B. FLEXIBLE NUMBER OF MEETINGS
Tucker Elementary School will offer a flexible number of engagement meetings at convenient
times for families, such as meetings in the morning or evening (for which the school may use
Title I funds to provide transportation, child care or home visits, as such services relate to
C. JOINTLY DEVELOPED
Tucker Elementary School will take the following actions to involve parents in an organized,
ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs under Title I,
Part A, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school parent and family
engagement policy and the joint development of the schoolwide program plan.
Tucker Elementary School will provide parents of participating children timely information
about programs under Title I, including:
a) a description and explanation of the curriculum in use,
b) forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress,
c) achievement levels of the challenging State academic standards, and
d) if requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and
participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children and
respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicable possible.
Information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities, will be
sent to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including
alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can
E. COMPLAINT PROCESS
Tucker Elementary School will submit any comments/concerns to the Federal Programs
Department if the schoolwide plan and/or parent and family engagement policy is not
satisfactory to parents.
F. SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT
Tucker Elementary School will take the following actions to jointly develop with parents of
participating children a school-parent compact that outlines how families, school, staff, and
students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and develop a
partnership to help children achieve the state’s high standard and how the plan is used,
reviewed, and updated.
G. BUILD CAPACITY OF PARENTS
Tucker Elementary School will build the parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement to
ensure effective involvement of parents and families and to support a partnership among the
school and the community to improve student academic achievement through the following:
Materials and training to help parents to work with their child to improve their child’s
achievement, such as literacy training and using technology (including education about the
harms of copyright piracy), as appropriate, to foster parental involvement
Provide assistance to parents of participating children, as appropriate, in understanding
topics such as the following:
o the State’s academic content and academic achievement standards,
o the State and local academic assessments including alternate assessments,
o the requirements of Title I, Part A,
o how to monitor their child’s progress, and
o how to work with educators to improve the achievement of their children.
Educate school personnel, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, and other
school leaders, and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of the
contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with
parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties
between parents and the school.
Coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with other Federal,
State, and local programs, including public preschool programs, and conduct other
activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents to fully
participate in the education of their children.
Tucker Elementary School in carrying out the parent and family engagement requirements of this
part, to the extent practicable, shall provide full opportunities, for the participation of parents and
family members (including parents and family members with limited English proficiency, parents
and family members with disabilities, and parents and family members of migratory children),
including providing information and school reports required under section 1111 in a format, and to
the extent practicable, in a language such parents understand.
Parents Right to Know Information
Your child’s school receives Federal Title I funds to assist students in meeting state achievement standards. This letter lets you know about your right to request information about the qualifications of classroom staff working with your child and information about student assessments given during the school year.
Title I schools must meet federal regulations related to teacher qualifications as defined in the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act). These regulations allow you to learn inquire about teachers’ training and credentials. At any time, you may ask:
- If the teacher meets state qualifications and certification requirements for the grade level and subject he/she is teaching
- If the teacher has received an emergency or conditional certificate through which state qualifications were waived
- What undergraduate or graduate degrees the teacher holds, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration.
- Whether your child receives help from a paraprofessional, and if so, his/her qualifications
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which was signed into law in December 2015 and reauthorizes the ESEA, contains additional parent right to know requests, including:
- Information on policies regarding student participation in assessments and procedures for opting out
- Information on required assessments including:
- subject matter tested
- purpose of the test
- source of the requirement (if applicable)
- amount of time it takes students to complete the test
- time and format of disseminating results
All of the above information can be requested through your school principal.
Tucker Elementary School’s staff is fully committed to helping your child develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in school and beyond. We appreciate your support and partnership as we work to provide the best education for your child.
Amber Gardner, Principal
Tucker Elementary School