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District Parent Involvement Policy

Feedback and opinions are important as the district administers Lexington Four’s Title I Parent Involvement Policy developed by parents, community members, and educators. Please send any comments and/or suggestions to:


Leslie Hightower
Federal & State Programs Coordinator
Lexington School District Four
607 E 5th Street, Swansea, SC 29160
(803) 490-7000 ext 10065 
lhightower@lexington4.net



2016-17 Title I Parent Involvement Policy Lexington Four Early Childhood Center

Recognizing that the parent is the child’s first teacher, Lexington Four Early Childhood Center encourages parental involvement at all levels of its operations. Lexington Four Early Childhood Center abides by the Title One regulations for parent involvement which include:

Involve parents in the joint development of the LEA plan and the process of school review and improvement.

  • Collaborate with community stakeholders at all levels of district and school strategic planning through School Improvement Councils, Title I planning committees, PTO’s, etc;
  • Present Title I program/activities at board meetings;
  • Schoolwide plans are also presented to parents at an annual Title I meeting each year.

Provide coordination, technical assistance, and support to schools for effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance.

  • Not less than 1% of the Title 1 allocation will be reserved for parent involvement activities including family literacy and parenting skills;
  • Not less than 95% of the funds reserved for parental involvement shall be distributed to schools and used for activities such as parent education workshops and home visits;
  • Implement a school counselor program in order to provide services such as individual and group counseling; home visits; provision of resources; character education; and career education programs;
  • Instructional coaches coordinate and conduct interactive literacy activities at Title I schools;
  • Provide a safe learning environment;

Build the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement.

  • Volunteer/mentor programs are supported in all Title I schools;
  • Parents are invited to observe in classrooms during instructional time;
  • Student intervention teams (SIT) identify at-risk behavior at an early stage and begin intervention through the efforts of parents, teachers, school counselor, and student;
  • Implement “I Care Program” as a parental involvement initiative.
  • Implement “Good Attendance” incentives.

Coordinate and integrate parental involvement under this program with parent involvement strategies under other programs, such as Head Start, Reading First, Even Start, etc.

  • Early Childhood coordinator provides information to parents concerning First Steps, CDEPP, and family literacy programs at the Title I schools.

Conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parent involvement policy that will determine the effectiveness of the present policy and any barriers to participation in the parenting activities.

  • Solicit comments from parents regarding parent involvement policy through an annual survey;
  • Provide final parent involvement policy to parents;
  • Seek input from District Title I Planning committee on the parent involvement policy.

Use such finding from the evaluation to design strategies for school improvement and revise, if necessary, the LEA and school parental involvement policies.
  • Schoolwide planning teams review the schoolwide plans and provide input into revisions, additions, and deletions for activities and budget;
  • Findings from the school’s annual needs assessment will be utilized to revise the policy;

Involve parents in the activities of schools served under Title I, Part A.

  • Schedule fall and spring parent-teacher conferences in conjunction with Community Outreach Fair;
  • Provide interpreters/translators as needed at workshops/conferences;
  • Provide free childcare for parenting workshops as needed;
  • Provide monthly PALS (Promoting Achievement, Learning, and Success) workshops at a variety of times to accommodate parents’ schedules;
  • Joint PALS with SPS will be provided to aid with transition/continuity;
  • PALS will be offered in the spring for new students/families enrolling at the ECC in order to aid with transition;
  • School website is updated monthly with highlights from PALS workshops; 
  • “Learning at the Hands of Our Children” program will be provided once a year per grade level;
  • Encourage two-way communication between home and school through weekly classroom newsletters, monthly school newsletters, teacher webpages, e-mail, phone calls, automated messaging system, parent conferences, etc.
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