Sangaree Intermediate School
Family Engagement Policy
Federal law requires schools to update the Family Engagement Policy annually. The policy must describe the ongoing activities that are held by the school to inform and engage families in their child’s education. Each school must have a Family Engagement Policy written specifically for its population. SRI’s Family Engagement Policy includes the following items.
- SRI will convene at least one annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all families will be invited and encouraged to attend. The requirements of Title I and the right of families to be engaged will be emphasized. Other meetings will be held at various times to provide extended opportunities for families to assist in planning, revising and developing the school wide Title I plan, Title I program, and School Improvement /School Renewal Plan.
- Meetings may include refreshments, childcare, and such services that relate to family engagement and encourage participation. Scheduled family meetings will occur on a regular basis throughout the school year.
- SRI will educate school staff in the valuable contributions of families and to work with families as equal partners in implementing family programs to build strong ties between families and the school.
- SRI will provide timely information about the Title I program and assistance with understanding state and local academic standards, assessments, and expected proficiency levels of students, and how to monitor student achievement through varied activities including newsletters, brochures, report cards, workshops, Title I planning meetings, PTA, family conferences, web pages, and phone calls.
- SRI will promote a shared responsibility for high student performance with families, the entire school staff, and students through developing a partnership to help children achieve the State's high academic standards. The partnership will include activities to:
- Provide assistance to participating families in such areas as understanding the South Carolina State's academic standards, as well as how to monitor a child's progress and work with educators to improve the performance of their children.
- Jointly develop the Family-School Compact, evaluate the school-wide plan and the Family Engagement Policy with families to outline the shared responsibilities for improving student academic achievement.
- Provide materials and training, such as literacy and technology training, to help families work with their children to improve achievement.
- Educate teachers, staff, and families, in the value of teamwork and open communication.
- Coordinate and integrate family engagement programs.
- Ensure that information related to school and family programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the families of participating children in their home language.
- Allow families/guardians reasonable access to staff, as well as opportunities to volunteer, participate, and observe in their child’s classroom.
- Provide opportunities for families to meet as requested to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions related to the education of their children, and respond to any suggestions as soon as practically possible.
- Offer conferences at flexible times during the day.
- Ensure, to the extent possible, that families, school staff, and students share in the responsibility for improved student achievement by distributing information regarding the school’s curriculum assessments (SC Ready and PASS) and expected proficiency levels. Assistance will be provided to families in understanding the state’s academic standards and how to monitor student progress through written communications, conferences, and school reports.
When possible, SRI may:
- Share with families regarding the types of training staff and other educators participate in to improve instruction.
- Pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with school-based family engagement activities.
- Adopt and implement model approaches to improving family engagement.
- Establish a family advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to family engagement.
- Develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses in family activities.