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Wilkes-Barre Area School District 730 South Main Street Wilkes-Barre, PA  18711-0376
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Title I: Parent and Family Engagement Policy

The entire process of education is improved when the home and school work together as a team. The Wilkes-Barre Area School District Title I Program values the contributions of parents and has developed this policy with their input. Parents will have an opportunity to approve this policy, and it will be evaluated each year. The purpose of this policy, which is distributed to Title I parents, is to describe how the Wilkes-Barre Area School District will carry out the following requirements.
A. Parents will be involved in the development, the review, and improvement of the Title I program and parent policy through:
* answering questionnaires and surveys including phone surveys.
* offering formal or informal suggestions or complaints.
* serving on committees at the school level or county level.
* approving completed policies and compacts.
B. The Wilkes-Barre Area School District will help the school plan and carry out parent engagement activities which meet the needs and desires of parents through providing
* support from the Wilkes-Barre Area School District parent coordinator.
* opportunities for opinions to be expressed at Title I meetings.
* resources such as video tapes, resource people, and printed material.
* incentives for attending meetings.
* materials for some parent activities and training.
C. The Wilkes-Barre Area School District will provide support, training, and helpful information to school staff and parents for the purpose of engaging parents with their children’s education at home and at school by providing:
* information on curricular objectives to parents.
* tips and timely information through quarterly newsletters, e-mail, and
Wilkes-Barre Area School District web page.
* promoting parenting classes.
* staff development promoting parent engagement and learning strategies.
* meet with family members needing assistance as requested.
* minimum of two district-wide meetings annually.
* Title I handbooks explaining the program and parent engagement.
* brochures, handouts, and other resource material dealing with topics related to education and parenting.
D. The Wilkes-Barre area School District will work with other agencies, organizations, and businesses to provide help for students and their families by:
* coordinating with Head Start in parent involvement and training.
* referring families to agencies for assistance with special needs.
* collaborating with programs within the school system to meet special needs.
E. Parents will be involved in evaluating the Parent Policy to see if parent involvement has improved and to see why some parents are not involved.
F. The finding of the evaluation will be used to design necessary changes and strategies for improving the School Plan and Parent Policy. This evaluation and plans for change will be handled through:
* serving on committees.
* responding and evaluating surveys.
* submitting suggestions which shall be considered and to which a response will be made.