Waxahachie Independent School District
Parent and Family Engagement Policy
Waxahachie Independent School District will implement the following statutory requirements:
- The school district will put into operation meaningful programs, activities, and procedures for parent and family engagement in all of its schools with Title I programs. Those programs, activities, and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.
- The school district will work with its schools to ensure that the required school-level parent and family engagement policies meet the Title I requirements, and include, as a component, a school-parent compact.
- The school district will incorporate this district-wide parent and family engagement policy into its district plan.
- In carrying out the Title I parent and family engagement requirements, to the extent practicable, the school district and its schools will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with children with limited English proficiency, parents with children with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports in an understandable and uniform format and including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.
- The school district will involve the parents of children served in Title I schools in decisions about how the one percent of Title I funds reserved for parent and family engagement is spent and will ensure that not less than 90 percent of the one percent reserved goes directly to the schools.
- The school district will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and expects that its Title I schools will carry out meaningful programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition:
Parental and family engagement means the participation of parents and family members in regular, two-way, and meaningful
communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring—
(A) that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;
(B) that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;
(C) 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;
Statement of Purpose
Waxahachie Independent School District believes every child should have the opportunity to attain his/her full potential. Therefore, Waxahachie Independent School District will maximize its resources to enable each child to become a successful learner. A key resource is its people; administrators, teachers, school staff, parents, and community members. We will work together to establish effective partnerships; together everyone achieves more. Schools and homes must work together to realize higher student achievement. Ongoing, two-way, meaningful communication will occur to facilitate mutual understanding and to stimulate student success.
Development of Policy
The Waxahachie Independent School District Advisory Team Committee consisting of parents, community members, teachers and staff, and administrators will develop and revise the Waxahachie Independent School District’s Parent and Family Engagement Policy in conjunction with the overall district improvement plan. The parent volunteers will represent the diversity of the student population, and one or more parents on the advisory committee will have children participating in a Title I program. The committee will convene at a time and place convenient to all its members. Toward this end, every Waxahachie ISD campus (Title I and non-Title I) will develop and implement parent and family engagement policies and compacts.
Waxahachie Independent School District Title I campuses will hold an annual meeting during the fall of the new school year for all parents. At that meeting the Title I program will be described, the Parent and Family Engagement Policy will be distributed, and opportunities for parental participation will be explained. The annual meeting will be held for the convenience of parents and parents will be informed about the meeting through notices sent home with students or School Messenger, social media, postings on the campus and district website.
In addition, Title I information, including the District Parent and Family Engagement Policy, is covered at the district level through our District Advisory Team meetings. Parents are encouraged to attend and invited through School Messenger and the district website.
Since the goal of Waxahachie Independent School District is student success, the expectations for school performance, individual student assessments, and grade level curriculum will be provided in a format parents can understand. Information provided to parents may be done by means of Student Performance Report, Campus Report Card and Parent Conferences.
Parents will be advised that the effectiveness of the Parent and Family Engagement program will be evaluated annually and the policy will be revised to meet the needs of the students, school, parents, family members, and community.
Waxahachie Independent School District will build the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parent and family engagement in order to ensure effective involvement of parents (and families) and to support a partnership among the schools involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement. The school/district will, with the assistance of its Title I schools, provide assistance to parents of children served by the school district or school, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following:
- the state’s academic content standards
- the state’s student academic achievement standards
- the state and local academic assessments including alternate assessments
- the requirements of Title I
- how to monitor their child’s progress
- how to work with educators
The Waxahachie Independent School District will coordinate and integrate parent and family engagement strategies under Title I with the following other programs: Family Literacy programs, Head Start, Preschool programs and Parent Education Classes. In addition, Title I campuses coordinate and integrate parent and family engagement strategies that include, but are not limited to Parent Orientation meetings, Gifted and Talented meetings, FAFSA Night, SAT/ACT meetings, Dual Credit/Advanced Placement meetings, Math Nights, and Literacy Nights.
Programs and the Community
Annually, Waxahachie Independent School District will assess the needs of the parents and children in the district using a variety of tools including a paper survey or questionnaire via Survey Monkey online. The findings will be used to revise the Title I program to meet the current needs. Workshops or other trainings will be made available to educators and parents to address these needs.
In addition, parents, family members, and the community are encouraged to participate and volunteer their time by filling out a PIE (Partners in Education) application.
Waxahachie Independent School District will communicate with parents on a regular basis. Important information will be provided in the student handbooks, the school-parent compacts, and on the district/campus website. Frequent notices about student performance will be sent home by the campuses with children or provided by phone calls, emails, and conferences. Insofar as possible, all communication will be provided in a language and format the parents can understand. Parents are encouraged to contact the school or the child’s teacher when questions or problems arise.
Parents will be notified about training opportunities through various methods, including, but not limited to social media, district/campus/teacher websites, WISD high school app, Drumbeat (district newsletter), Lighthouse for Learning, Skyward Family Access and SchoolMessenger.
In addition, students should play an active role in communicating with their parents. They too are responsible for making sure notices and information given to them is passed on to their parents.
As a component of the school-level parent and family engagement policy, each school shall jointly develop with parents for all children served under this part a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement. For elementary Title I campuses, the compact will be provided and parent/campus/student signature will remain on file for easy access. For secondary Title I campuses, the compact will be posted on the campus and district website. The parent compact will be reviewed yearly for updates and revision.
Waxahachie Independent School District will work with its District Advisory Committee/Campus Advisory Team to evaluate the effectiveness of the parent and family engagement program. Surveys, classroom observation, assessment data, and other resources will be used to determine barriers and needs and develop revised strategies for student success. Particular attention will be paid to economically disadvantaged, disabled, limited English proficiency, limited literacy, and racial/ethnic minority groups. Parental input will be sought. Revisions to the Title I program and Parent and Family Engagement Policy will be communicated to the parents.
Waxahachie Independent School District is required to set aside at least 1% of its Title I funds for the purposes of parental involvement. Those funds will be divided among the Title I campuses. The campus principal will consult with its Campus Advisory Team about allowable uses of the funds. The campus principal will then authorize the use of the funds designated for parent and family engagement.
Waxahachie Independent School District is committed to the success of students. We will work together with parents to monitor the effectiveness of our parent and family engagement and Title I programs and to provide excellence in education. This policy will be promoted by the administrators, principals, and other district and school staff as we seek active participation by our parents.
This Waxahachie Independent School District Parent and Family Engagement Policy has been developed jointly with and agreed upon by parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs.
This policy was reviewed, revised, and adopted by the Waxahachie Independent School District on February 28, 2019; and will be in effect for a period of one year. The school district will distribute this policy to all parents of participating Title I, Part A children by way of the district website.
Letty Bernal, Coordinator of Federal Programs
Signature of Authorized Official/Title
Newsletter for Parents (Region 16 - The Parent Involvement Connection)