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FGPK8 School Expectations:

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Table of Contents
1. Hallway Expectations
2. Cafeteria Expectations
3. Restroom Expectations
4. Playground Expectations
5. Bus Line Area Expectations
6. Discipline Policy
7. Inappropriate Behaviors
8. Public Displays of Affection
9. Dress Code
10. Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources
11. Communicating with Teachers/Staff and The School
12. Cellphones, iPads, and Other Electronic Devices.
13. Students' and Staff Members' Right to Privacy
14. Backpacks
15. Toys
16. Meal Times
17. Drop Offs, Bus Notes, and Signing Out
18. Office Phones
19. Drug Policy
20. Medication
21. Medication on Out-Of-State Fieldtrips
22. Attendance Policy
23. Volunteering
24. Agendas
25. Tutoring
26. Wayne County Promotion Guidelines
27. Sexual Harassment
28. School Parental Involvement Policy

1. Hallway Expectations:

Be Prepared! Gather all materials needed. Have your hall pass or be with an adult.

Be Respectful! Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself, use quiet voices (6-8) or silent voices (PK-5), and always use school language.

Be Interdependent! Follow adult directions, and keep this area clean.

Be Determined! Walk on the right side and go directly to your destination.

Be Ethical! Decide to do what is right, not what is easy.

 
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2. Cafeteria Expectations:

Be Prepared! Get all of your food and utensils, and know your lunch number.

Be Respectful! Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself, eat your own food, and speak in quiet voices while using school language.

Be Interdependent! Follow adult directions, and keep this area clean.

Be Determined! Enter through the correct door, and stay seated at your table.

Be Ethical! Decide to do what is right, not what is easy.

 
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3. Restroom Expectations:

Be Prepared! Wash your hands. Remember your bathroom pass.

Be Respectful! Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself. Speak in quiet voices, and use school language.

Be Interdependent! Follow adult directions. Keep this are clean.

Be Determined! Report problems to an adult immediately. “In and Out”. Stay lined up when going as a class.

Be Ethical! Decide to do what is right, not what is easy.

 
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4. Playground Expectations:

Be Prepared! Wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Follow safety rules and use equipment appropriately.

Be Respectful! Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself. Use school language.

Be Interdependent! Follow adult directions. Keep this area clean.

Be Determined! Report problems to an adult immediately. Line up on time.

Be Ethical! Decide to do what is right, not what is easy.

 
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5. Bus Line Area Expectations:

Be Prepared! Have all of your materials ready to go home.

Be Respectful! Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself. Speak in quiet voices while using school language.

Be Interdependent! Follow adult directions, and keep this area clean.

Be Determined! Stay seated with your bus line in the bleachers.

Be Ethical! Decide to do what is right, not what is easy.

 
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6. DISCIPLINE POLICY:

The following rules have been established to maintain a safe and orderly environment at Fort Gay PreK-8, and to ensure the implementation of the WV Safe Schools Bill and Student Code of Conduct. The faculty has met and formulated this policy to be used on a consistent   basis. This policy contains rewards for those who cooperate, as well as consequences for those who do not.

***ALL SUSPENSIONS ARE REPORTED TO THE WAYNE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION AND ARE RECORDED ON THE STUDENT’S SCHOOL RECORDS***
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7. INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIORS
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WVDE Policy 4373 identifies the following behaviors as inappropriate for the school environment:

Disruptive/Disrespectful Conduct: A student will not exhibit behavior that violates classroom/school rules, results in distraction or obstruction of the educational process, or that is discourteous, impolite, bad mannered, or rude. Behavior is considered disruptive and/or disrespectful if a teacher is prevented from starting an activity or lesson, or has to stop instruction to address this disruption.

Inappropriate Appearance: A student will not dress or groom in a manner that disrupts the educational process, or is detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of others. A student will not dress in a manner that is distracting or indecent to the extent that it interferes with the teaching and learning process, including wearing any apparel that displays or promotes behavior and/or items prohibited by this policy.

Profane Language, Obscene Gesture, Indecent Act Toward Employee or Peer: A student will not direct profane language, obscene gestures, or indecent acts toward a school employee or fellow student. This inappropriate behavior includes but is not limited to verbal, written, electronic, and illustrative communications intended to humiliate.

Vandalism: is defined as the intentional destruction or damage to others’ property, including that of other students and that which belongs to the school or its staff. VANDALISM WILL ABSOLUTELY NOT BE TOLERATED! This includes but is not limited to: textbooks, library books, furniture, gym equipment, computers and electronic devices, and any and all property belonging to the school.

**No Sharpies or Markers are allowed to be brought to school.

**No student shall write on others or self.
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8. Public Display of Affection: is defined as embracing, holding hands, kissing, or touching in a manner intended to be intimate or sexual. These displays are not permitted.

**A complete listing of WVDE “Inappropriate Behaviors” is available for viewing in the office or viewed online at:
http://wvde.state.wv.us/healthyschools/ElectronicManual4373New.html#CodesDefinitionsInterventions
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9. DRESS CODE

  1. No Hats or Hoods—Hoodies can be worn with the hood pulled down.
  2. Tennis Shoes ONLY on Gym Floor
  3. Shorts and Skirts – May hang no higher than 5 inches above the knee.
  4. No Exposed Midriff, Bare Shoulders, Cleavage—This includes, but is not limited to, mesh shirts, halter tops, camis, shirts with sides cut out, and spaghetti straps.
  5. Pants/Shorts That Expose Underwear—Pants and shorts must be worn at the waistline so that underwear is not visible.
  6. No leggings/yoga pants – except when wearing a skirt/shirt that comes down to 5 inches above the knee.
  7. Clothing That Promotes Drug, Alcohol, Tobacco, Sex, and Offensive
    Language—This type of clothing is strictly prohibited.
  8. No blankets.
  9. No house shoes.

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10. ACCEPTABLE USE OF ELECTRONIC RESOURCES:

All use of the school network must support instructional and/or administrative purposes, and be consistent with WVDE and district policies and guidelines as well as with state and federal laws. In addition, all users must receive training on and accept all provisions of this Acceptable Use Policy in writing each year. In addition, students and their families are responsible for the proper care of any loaned devices at all times whether on or off school property.

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11. COMMUNICATING WITH TEACHERS/STAFF and THE SCHOOL:

Teachers and staff at Fort Gay PreK-8 will communicate with parents/guardians of students via the school phone, the LiveGrade message systems, and their school email address.

Teachers and staff have been discouraged from communicating with parents/guardians via social media websites (facebook, twitter, etc) and their personal cell phones as a matter of professionalism and security.

Official statements from the school will be released via:

  1. Letters home.
  2. The FGPK8 Website (http://fortgay.wayn.k12.wv.us/)
  3. The WCBOE Website (http://boe.wayn.k12.wv.us/)
  4. Facebook Page
  5. Remind101 text messages

In addition, you may contact the school through the website's contact forms or by calling 304-648-5404, Monday-Friday during normal school hours.

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12. CELL PHONES, IPADS, AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES:

Students in grades 6-8 will be permitted to use cell phones and other electronic devices ONLY during lunch and intramural time, except for devices provided by the classroom teacher for instruction.

Students in grades K-5 are not allowed to use cell phones or electronic devices, except for those provided by the school/teacher for instruction.

The school will not be held responsible for lost, stolen, or broken items.

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13. STUDENTS’ and STAFF MEMBERS’ RIGHT TO PRIVACY:

No student is permitted under any circumstance to capture video, photographs, or audio recordings of other students or staff members.

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14. BACKPACKS:

Will be permitted for carrying before and after school, and must be kept in lockers throughout the school day.

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15. TOYS:

Students are encouraged to leave toys and sports equipment at home. The school will not be held responsible for lost, stolen, or broken items.

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16. MEAL TIMES:

Lunchboxes should have the student’s name and grade written on them.

Due to limited space in the cafeteria, as well as limited parking, no parents/guardians/visitors may eat with students.

If a parent/guardian wishes to “drop off” lunch for their child, there will be a lunch cart available to place lunches. It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to have the student’s name and grade written on their child’s lunch, and to make sure the student knows they have lunch waiting on them. Students are not permitted to share outside food with other students.

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17. DROP OFFs, BUS NOTES AND SIGNING-OUT:

Students will not be permitted to enter the school before 7:00am. Do not drop students off before this time as there will be no adult supervision.

Vehicles MAY NOT drop off students for school from the bus loop before 8:00am – students must be dropped off from the drop-off line that runs behind the school from Vancouver Street. We have teachers on duty at this entrance.

Vehicles MAY NOT park or idle in the bus loop before 8:00am or after 2:40pm. Our buses are running through our loop at these times.

You MUST call the school with changes to your child’s bus or pick-up routine BEFORE 2:00pm. Requested changes made after 2:00pm will be DENIED, except in true emergencies.

Student sign-outs MUST be made BEFORE 2:30pm, except in true emergencies. Not wanting to wait in the pick-up line is NOT an emergency. Schedule medical appointments accordingly.

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18. OFFICE PHONES:

Office phones are for official school business only. Students will not be permitted to use office phones to call home unless it is a true emergency. The administrative assistants will decide on a case-by-case basis if there is a warranted need for a student to call home.

Likewise, students will not be called out of class in order to receive phone calls unless there is a true emergency. Our administrative assistants will gladly take a note for you that will be delivered to your student at lunch or when the day’s bus notes go out near the end of the day (approximate 2:15pm). Be ready to provide their classroom/Homebase teacher’s name when you call.

The following are not permitted: Energy Drings, Gum, Glass Bottles/containers.
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19. DRUG POLICY:

All Wayne County Schools are drug-free zones. This includes alcohol, tobacco and nicotine products (e-cigarettes), and all illicit drugs. Possession and/or use of these products will result in appropriate school consequences, and possible legal consequences.

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20. MEDICATION:

In accordance with the WVDE, Wayne County has a policy for the administration of medication to students. The basic requirements are:

  1. Parents are responsible for the delivery of medication to school.
  2. Medication is to be delivered and stored in the original container.
  3. The first dose must be given at home.
  4. Written authorization must be from a licensed physician.
  5. Written permission must be on file from a parent or guardian.
  6. Two emergency phone numbers must be provided for students taking
    medication during the school day.
  7. Non-prescription medication may be administered at school; however, the same guidelines and precautions are required as stated above.

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21. MEDICATIONS ON OUT-OF-STATE FIELD TRIPS:

Students who take medications at school and are going on an out-of-state field trip MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian. There are certain circumstances where this directive may be modified. Please contact the school nurse to receive all appropriate forms and information.

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22. ATTENDANCE POLICY:

According to the Wayne County Board of Education Attendance Policy, the following procedures are as follows:

Excused Absences include:

  1. Illness or injury of the student with a doctor’s written verification.
  2. Illness of the student verified in writing by the parent, not to exceed a total of five(5) days per semester.
  3. Illness or injury in the family where a doctor verifies the student absences as essential.
  4. Home fire, flood, or other emergency absence approved by the principal.
  5. Death in the immediate family with a limit of three days, except in extraordinary circumstances.
  6. Educational leaves with prior approval of the principal.
  7. Routine early dismissal necessary for the student to receive on-going medical care.
  8. School-approved curricular or extra-curricular activities.
  9. Legal obligations with written verification.
  10. Failure of a bus to run, or extremely hazardous conditions.
  11. Observations of religious holidays.
  12. Absences for students with handicaps should be addressed in accordance with the Regulations for the Education of Exceptional Students.
  13. Participation in Home/Hospital instruction due to an illness or injury.

Unexcused Absences are any absence not defined above as an Excused Absence. After 3 unexcused absences an attendance letter will be sent home. After 5 unexcused absences a parent/administration conference is required by county policy.

Tardies are viewed as discipline problems, and will be handled at each school with reasonable preventions and consequences. At Fort Gay PreK-8, if students arrive to school after the tardy bell, they need to report to the office where the tardy will be recorded and documented in Educator’s Handbook. Doctor’s excuses are the only exception. A parent or guardian must accompany their child to the office when signing in tardy. Every third tardy will result in After School Detention.

Make-up Work for Absences: A student will be granted a day for make-up work for each day of excused absence. It is the responsibility of the student to request and acquire make-up work.

Perfect Attendance: Perfect attendance is earned by not missing school when school is open. However, if a student’s predominant mode of transportation to school is by bus, and their bus does not run, it will not count against their perfect attendance. Tardies and sign-outs do count, unless excused for any reason under the “Excused Absence” heading.

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23. VOLUNTEERING:

Please contact one of the Parent Liaisons if you wish to volunteer at school. Parent Liaison information may be requested from the school.

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24. AGENDA:

Students are expected to keep their agendas with them throughout the school day. In their agendas, they will write daily assignments for all of their classes/subjects. This is meant to strengthen parent-school involvement because parents are encouraged to check their child’s agenda each night for any homework, tests, etc. that students may have. Agendas will be checked daily by classroom teachers at school to ensure that students are utilizing them correctly. A copy of an agenda page will be given to students who do not have one. If an agenda is lost, the cost will be $2.00 for students to purchase a replacement.

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25. TUTORING:

To be determined

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26. WAYNE COUNTY PROMOTION GUIDELINES:

The Wayne County Board of Education believes that it is THE STUDENT who must benefit when retention is being considered. Although parents/guardians will be notified and consulted throughout the school year, the school board recommends that the final decision regarding promotion/retention remain at the school level. From the commencement of this policy, every effort will be made to see that students enter Third Grade on level. Most retentions will occur in Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade. Therefore, it is possible that a child could be retained two times in the K-2 time period. A student will be retained in Third, Fourth, or Fifth grade if it is in their best interest.

The following steps will be followed when a student is being considered for retention:

  1. The teacher will discuss the possibility of retention with the principal. If they are in agreement, the parent will be notified.
  2. The teacher will request a meeting with the K-5 Curriculum Team or SAT team. An intervention plan will be developed.
  3. If interventions are not successful, the student will be considered “at-risk” for retention.
  4. The teacher will complete Light’s Retention Scale and Retention Worksheet and be prepared to discuss these along with other pertinent data collected by the teacher.
  5. The report card should reflect that the student is being considered for retention, is experiencing academic difficulties, and is working below level.
  6. The principal and teacher will arrange a conference as early as possible to discuss possible retention. The conference will occur no later than the first parent-teacher conference of the school year. Documentation of the conference will be kept. Note: If the parent/guardian fails to respond to the conference at any time in the process with the teacher, the teacher will make note and keep documentation of such.
  7. The decision to retain or promote rests at the school level and the decision is final.
  8. If a parent request retention, equal consideration will be given to this request.

The following factors will serve as a framework to be considered when retention is a possibility:

  1. Poor Academic Performance - the student is consistently working below level for their age and developmental level.
  2. Academic History - Low or Below Average on Standardized Testing, poor reading and math test scores.
  3. The student’s age and maturity level.
  4. School attendance.
  5. History of behavior problems.
  6. Previous retentions.
  7. Level of intelligence.
  8. History of learning disabilities.
  9. Parent’s interest in school work.
  10. Student’s life experiences.
  11. Family moves.
  12. Emotional problems.
  13. Student’s interest in school work.

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27. SEXUAL HARASSMENT:

Sexual Harassment will not be tolerated in Wayne County Public Schools.  Incidents should be reported immediately to administrators, school counselors, or teachers.  Sexual harassment includes rumors, name calling, touching, graffiti, threats, and obscene notes or electronic messages.

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28. SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY

PART I.

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

Fort Gay PreK-8 School agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:

  1. Consistent with section 1118 of the ESEA, the school will ensure that the required school level parental involvement policy meets the requirements of section 1118 of the ESEA and includes, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with section 1118(d) of the ESEA.
  2. Schools will notify parents of the policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand. The policy will be made available to the local community and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.
  3. In carrying out the Title I, Part A, parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the school 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 language parents understand.
  4. If the school-wide program plan for Title I, Part A, developed under section 1114(b) of the ESEA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school submits the plan to the local educational agency (school district).
  5. The school will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how funds reserved under this part are spent for parent involvement activities. The school will build its own and the parent’s capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement.
  6. The school will provide parental involvement activities under section 1118 of the ESEA in the areas of improving student achievement, child development, child rearing, and additional topics parents may request.
  7. The school will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition:
    1. 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 learning;
  • 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;
  1. The carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA.

PART II

DESCRIPTION OF HOW SCHOOLS WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS

NOTE: The School Parental Involvement Policy shall include a description of how the school will implement or accomplish each of the following components. [Section 1118, ESEA]

  1. Fort Gay PreK-8 School shall take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development and review of its school parental involvement policy under section 1118 of the ESEA:
  2. Fort Gay PreK-8 School shall take the following actions to involve parents in the process of planning, joint development of the program, review and improvement of programs under Title I, part A of the ESEA:
  3. Fort Gay PreK-8 School shall hold an annual meeting to inform parents of the school’s participation in Title I, Part A programs, and to explain the Title I, Part A requirements and rights of parents to be involved in Title I, Part A programs. The school will invite all parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs to this meeting.
  4. Fort Gay PreK-8 School shall provide parents of participating children information in a timely manner about Title I, Part A programs that includes a description and explanation of the school’s curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure children’s progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
  5. Fort Gay PreK-8 School shall, at the request of parents, provide opportunities for regular meetings, held at flexible times, for parents to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions about the education of their children. The school will respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicable possible by:
  6. Fort Gay PreK-8 School shall provide each parent an individual student report about the performance of their child on the state assessment in at least math, language arts, and reading by:
  7. Fort Gay PreK-8 School shall take the following actions to provide each parent timely notice when their child has been assigned of has been taught for four(4) or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified within the meaning of the term in section 200.56 of the Title I Final Regulations (67 Fed. Reg 71710. December 2, 2002):
  8. Fort Gay PreK-8 School shall provide assistance to parents of children served by the school, as appropriate, in understanding topics by undertaking the actions described below:
    1. The state’s academic content standards
    2. The state’s student academic achievement standards
    3. The state and local academic assessments including alternate assessments.
    4. The requirements of Title I, part A.
    5. How to monitor their child’s progress, and
    6. How to work with educators.
  9. Fort Gay PreK-8 School shall provide materials and training to help parents work with their children in the areas of improving student achievement (including literacy training and using technology), child development, child rearing and additional topics parents may request.
  10. Fort Gay PreK-8 School shall, with the assistance of its 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 school by:
  11. Fort Gay PreK-8 School shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, public preschool, and other programs. The school will also conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children by:
  12. Fort Gay PreK-8 School shall take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent-programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon requests, and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.

PART III.

DISCRETIONARY SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS

NOTE: The School Parental Involvement Policy may include additional information and describe other discretionary activities that the school, in consultation with its parents, chooses to undertake to build parents’ capacity for involvement in the school to support their children’s academic achievement, such as the following discretionary activities listed under section 1118(e) of the ESEA:

  1. Involving parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of that training.
  2. Provide necessary literacy training for parents from Title I, Part A funds, if the school district has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for that training.
  3. Paying reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parental involvement activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions
  4. Training parents to enhance the involvement of other parents.
  5. Arranging school meetings at a variety of times, or conducting in-home conferences between teachers or other educators who work directly with participating children, arrange meetings with parents who are unable to attend conferences at school in order to maximize parental involvement and participation in their children’s educations
  6. Adopting and implementing model approaches to improving parental involvement
  7. Establishing a school parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in Title I, Part A programs
  8. Developing appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses, including faith-based organizations, in parental involvement activities.

 
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