School Parent and Family Engagement Policy

School Year 2021-2022

 

In support of strengthening student academic achievement, (MC2STEM ) 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 parent and family engagement policy (written or posted on school website), agreed on by such parents and family members, that shall describe the means of carrying out the requirements of The Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) Section 1116.  Parents and family members shall be notified of the policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language the parents and family members can understand.  Such policy shall be made available to the local community and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of the parents, family members, 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. 

 

MC2STEM 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

 

MC2STEM agrees to implement the following requirements as outlined by ESSA Section 1116:

 

  • ANNUAL TITLE I MEETING

MC2STEM will take the following actions to conduct an annual meeting, at a convenient time, and encourage and invite all parents and family members of participating children to attend to inform them about the school’s Title I program, the nature of the Title I program, the parents’ and family members requirements, the school parent and family engagement policy, the schoolwide plan, and the school-parent and family compact.

 

Considering ongoing concerns due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), during the 2021\2022 school year, each school in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District will make the health and well-being of participants, staff, partners, and other guests a top priority. During the 2021/2022 school year, all meetings will be held in alignment with the Ohio Public Health Advisory System (OPHAS) as follows:

  • Level 1 – Meetings can be held in person or remotely.Any meetings held in person will be done with strict adherence to health and safety guidelines (handwashing, hand sanitizing, wearing masks and following social distance guidelines of at least 3ft), to ensure to the extent possible prevention of the spread of the virus.

  • Level 2, 3, and 4 – All meetings will be held remotely and recorded to post on the schools' website for viewing at a convenient time for all families, and staff.

 

Click the following link for a full explanation of OPHAS levels: 

https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/public-health-advisory-system/

 

August 19th, 2021

 

  • FLEXIBLE NUMBER OF MEETINGS

MC2STEM will offer a flexible number of engagement meetings in accordance with the OPHAS level as outlined in Part A at convenient times for parents and families, such as meetings in the morning or evening (for which the school may use Title I funds to provide transportation, childcare or home visits, as such services relate to parent and family engagement (if the state’s current OPHAS Level is 1).

 

PAC

3rd Thursday of every Month

 

  • JOINTLY DEVELOPED

MC2STEM will take the following actions to engage parents and families 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.  

 

MC2STEM will provide parents and families of participating children timely information about programs under Title I, including:

  • a description and explanation of the curriculum in use,

  • forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress,

  • achievement levels of the challenging State academic standards, and

  • if requested by parents and families, 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 and family engagement programs, meetings, and other activities, will be provided to the parents and families of enrolled children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents and families can understand.

 

  • Weekly Notes sent to parents every Thursday

  • FAFSA Bootcamp

  • College and Career Readiness Program for Parents

 

  • DISSENSION PROCESS

MC2STEM will submit any comments/concerns to the CMSD Office of Family and Community Engagement if the schoolwide plan and/or parent and family engagement policy is not satisfactory to parents and family members. 

 

Any comments/concerns can be emailed to the Executive Director of Family and Community Engagement, Tracy Hill, at tracy.hill@clevelandmetroschools.org.

 

  • SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT

MC2STEM will take the following actions to jointly develop with parents and family members of enrolled children a school-parent and family compact that outlines how parents, 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.

  • Weekly Notes sent to parents every Thursday

  • Website information

  • Google Classroom training and access

 

  • BUILD CAPACITY OF PARENTS

MC2STEM will build the parent and family capacity for strong family engagement to ensure effective engagement 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 and families to work with their children 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 parent and family engagement

  • Provide assistance to parents and families of enrolled children, 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, Part A,

    • how to monitor their child’s progress, and

    • 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 and families, in the value and utility of the contributions of parents and families, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents and families as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent and family programs, and build ties between parents, families, and the school.

  • Coordinate and integrate parental and family engagement programs and activities with other Federal, State, and local programs, including public preschool programs, and conduct other activities, such as family resource centers and materials that encourage and support parents and families to fully participate in the education of their children.

 

  • ACCESSIBILITY

MC2STEM 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/caregivers understand.

 

  • All family engagement information, when possible, will be provided to parents and families in their first language and/or available for translation upon request.Parents and families of students with limited English proficiency will have access to a school bi-lingual staff member for assistance,

  • Parents and families of students with Special Education needs will have access to school personnel specifically trained to address those needs.

This School Parent and Family Engagement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with, parents and families of children participating in Title I, Part A programs.

The School-Parent and Family Engagement Policy was developed and agreed on with a parent or parents of enrolled students, school administrators and staff.

This policy was adopted by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and will be in effect for the period of (School Year).  The school will distribute this policy to all parents and families of participating Title I, Part A children on or before 09/30/2021.

FAMILY SCHOOL COMPACT

MC2STEM students participating in the Title I, Part A program, and their families, agree that this compact outlines how the family, the school staff and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement as well as describe how the school and families will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the state’s high standards.
 

School Goals

MC2STEM provide high-quality curriculum and instruction, and do so in a supportive and effective learning environment that includes providing respect for students and expression of inquiry and concerns.  Scholars are free to ask questions and make mistakes.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held three (3) times a school year per the Districts’ guidelines.

Scholars and caregivers will receive on going social and emotional supports as they become acclimated to the virtual learning space.

Scholars and caregivers will receive on going updates on academic progress via homework assignments quizzes, book reports, interim progress reports, school website, and teacher feedback.

In the Virtual Classroom

Teachers will:

  • Provide a respectful classroom.

  • Classroom will be a space of engaged learning

  • Classroom will be an inclusive environment regardless of a scholars’ ability and/or differences

  • Teachers will keep parents/caregivers informed of their child’s progress via interim grades and phone call home when necessary

At Home

  • Parents/Caregivers will support their children’s learning, such as:

  • Monitoring virtual attendance

  • Provide a space for scholar to work

  • Encouraging a commitment to education

  • Promoting positive use of child’s extracurricular time

  • Read and respond to CMSD emails

  • Check schools’ website daily or weekly

  • Maintaining contact with teachers and/or principals to stay informed

Students

Students will:

  • Sign-in to classes on time;

  • Come prepared to learn;

  • Actively participate in virtual learning

  • Attempt to complete all assignments;

  • Read at least 15 minutes twice a day;

  • Encourage their parent(s)/caregivers to attend virtual events;

  • Ask for help as needed including social and emotional supports;

  • Reframe from using technology (personal or district) inappropriately i.e. cell phones or internet; and

  • Give respect and expect respect in return