Right to Request Teacher and Paraprofessional Qualifications
Dear Parent or Guardian:
Under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, you have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher(s), and qualifications of instructional aides or paraprofessionals.
You have the right to know:
A. Whether or not the teacher has met West Virginia’s licensure and certification requirements for the grade levels and subject areas in which instruction is required by the teacher;
B. Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or other provisional status through which state licensing requirements have been waived;
C. The college major and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree; and,
D. Whether your child is provided services by aides/paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.
Please contact your school principal or the Kanawha County Schools Office of Human Resources at the phone number below if you would like to request any information pertaining to any of the above.
Kanawha County Board of Education
200 Elizabeth Street
Charleston, West Virginia 25311
KANAWHA COUNTY TITLE I PARENT AND FAMILY INVOLVEMENT POLICY 2016-2017
PART I: GENERAL EXPECTATIONS
Kanawha County Schools agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:
The school district will put into operation programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools with Title I, Part A programs, consistent with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. Those programs, activities and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.
Consistent with the ESSA, the school district will work with its schools to ensure that the required school-level parental and family involvement policies meet the requirements of the ESSA, and each include, as a component, a school-parent compact.
The school district will incorporate this district wide parental involvement policy into its LEA plan developed under the ESSA.
In carrying out the Title I , Part A parental and family involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the school district and its schools 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 the ESSA in an understandable and uniform format and, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.
If the LEA plan for Title I, Part A, developed under the ESSA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school district will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school district submits the plan to the State Department of Education.
The school district will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how the 1 percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental and family involvement is spent, and will ensure that not less than 95 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 programs, activities and procedures in accordance with this definition:
Parental and family involvement means the participation of parents and families in regular, two way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring—-
(A) that parents and families play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;
(B) that parents and families are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;
( C) that 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;
(D) the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in the ESSA.
PART II: DESCRIPTION OF HOW DISTRICT WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED POLICY COMPONENTS
(1) Kanawha County Schools will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development of its district wide involvement plan under the ESSA:
Parent representatives of Title I schools will participate in development of the county parent involvement plan through completion of the annual parent focus survey, attendance at regularly scheduled and called meetings including the annual Superintendent’s retreat, and through assessment of and contribution to parent activities which are to be provided by the county and the school.
(2) Kanawha County Schools will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement under the ESSA:
Each Local School Improvement Council will maintain parent representatives to address review and improvement needs. The LSIC will participate in ongoing school review and school improvement processes. Each school will also involve parents as part of its strategic plan committee.
(3) Kanawha County Schools will provide the following necessary coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing effective parental and family involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance:
Kanawha County Schools Title I leadership, through a series of group and individual school meetings scheduled throughout the year, will counsel, support and provide technical assistance to school leadership to enable them to guide parents and staff in the development of school plans and parent involvement within the plans. Data (student assessments and the annual Title I parent focus survey) will be provided to schools by the office of Counseling and Testing and by the Title I Director to facilitate self study and goal-setting.
(4) Kanawha County Schools will coordinate and integrate parental and family involvement strategies in Part A with parental and family involvement strategies under the following other programs: Head Start, Parent Community Resource Center, Title II and Title III.
Kanawha County Title I will encourage collaboration with other titled programs and our Parent Community Resource Center (PCRC) through the distribution of parent literature, provision of county wide programs, and in the perpetuation of the Family Literacy philosophy in the conducting of school-based parent and family activity and training. Schools will be encouraged to consider such collaboration in their annual planning and program delivery. Kanawha County Title I will provide funding support to the PCRC to better enable them to be a joint partner in parent and family involvement at the district and school levels.
(5) Kanawha County Schools will take the following actions to conduct, with the involvement of parents and families, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parental and family involvement policy in improving the quality of its Title I, Part A schools. The evaluation will include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents and families in parental and family involvement activities (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background). The school district will use the findings of the evaluation about its parental and family involvement policy and activities to design strategies for more effective parental and family involvement, and to revise, if necessary (and with the involvement of parents) its parental and family involvement policy.
Parents in all Title I schools will be invited to offer input to planning and review of activities for parents which are designed to meet the needs of a diverse population (ethnic, minority, low socioeconomic status, limited English proficiency, students with disabilities). All schools will implement an evaluation of parent and family involvement opportunities (annually) as a part of the project development through the Title I parent focus survey, in order to assess the effect of the year’s activities in aiding parents and families to help their children to improve achievement. Interviews will be conducted with parent representatives of the target group as parents of the parent focus survey. The results will be studied in terms of program and policy and parent/school compact revisions. Parents will be provided a summary of the school evaluation (academic assessment) results. The summary will include an explanation of proficiency levels students are expected to meet. Schools will also notify parents of their federal accountability status of Focus or Priority school designation and state accountability ranking (A – F) and explain to parents the meaning of their status as part of their annual Title I Parent Open House.
The annual District Title I parent interview and focus process will elicit parent representatives from each school to participate in the review of the Title I county program, the improvement process and development of the county plan. The focus process is conducted by Title I administration with the help of Title I teachers who interview a specified number of parents within each school. Through the design of the focus process, data is gathered by interview and is aggregated by the Title I administrative office. The resulting reports serve the planning needs of both the county administration and the individual schools. County and school parent policies must reflect annual review and necessary revisions through parent input.
Parents are included in the annual Superintendent’s retreat along with business and community leaders, representatives from higher education, religious leaders, community professionals, students, teacher organizations, and district personnel to review and give input to district leaders on the five-year strategic plan, establish annual goals for the district, and provide feedback to district representatives on identified areas for improvement.
PART III: ACTIONS: HOW THE EVALUATION WILL BE CONDUCTED; WHO WILL CONDUCT IT; PARENT ROLE:
- The school district will, with the assistance of its Title I, Part A schools and the Parent Community Resource Center, provide assistance to parents of children served by the school district or school, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following, by undertaking the actions described in this paragraph:
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 Requirements of Title I, Part A,
5 How to monitor their child’s progress, and
6 How to work with educators.
Following the receipt of the State’s report on the academic status of the school:
-Each school staff will conduct an annual fall meeting with parents to address parent policies, compacts, national and state standards, school assessments, and the accountability status of the school.
-Teachers within the Title I schools will discuss the requirements of Title I, Part A, describe the curriculum and assessments used in the school, and will review student progress in meeting federal and state standards during orientation sessions with parents.
-Each school will hold a variety of parent and family involvement activities in which parents may monitor/observe the progress of their children, make suggestions, share experiences and participate in the decisions with educators relating to parent and family involvement in the education of their children. These meetings are intended to provide training to parents and families to strengthen their confidence in interaction with school personnel. As indicated in Title I schools strategic plan, these activities may be conferences, workshops, PTA/PTO sessions, LSIC meetings, classroom visitations, opportunities to volunteer and/or serve as parent assistants where sufficient funds are available, or other forms of parent interest and agreement.
– Parents will be provided formal notice (news media, direct mailings, KCS web site, the annual KCS Parent Handbook, school newsletters) of their right to access the qualifications/certifications of personnel (teachers and para-professionals) working in the Title schools. Notices will be provided to parents in the event a non-qualified teacher is the provider of instruction for a period of more than four consecutive weeks.
- The school district will, with the assistance of its schools, provide materials and training to help parents and families on how to work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement, such as literacy and mathematics training, and technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement, by:
Encouraging parents and families to participate as fully active consumers and planners in all aspects of the Title I school and county program. Activities shall be visible in each school plan and in review of improvement activities.
Using Title I allocated funds as well as Title I set-aside funds to support parent and family involvement through joint efforts between the district, Title I schools, and the Parent Community Resource Center and through other district wide activities as funding permits.
Title I schools conducting school based staff and parent/family trainings and conferences which will provide parents and families with child development and instructional skills inclusive of technology as appropriate, to help them to be effective teachers at home.
Teachers having materials available for students and parents to use at home.
Encouraging parents and families to volunteer and to observe in classrooms through personal and general invitation, parent and family training activities connected with school visitations, and other onsite activities that provide the opportunity for classroom visits.
Title I school personnel making timely responses to parent suggestions through LSIC, conferences and appropriate school communications.
Supporting adult literacy through home experiences, workshops and/or referral to Kanawha County Adult Basic and Technical Education.
- The school district will, with the assistance of the schools and parents, educate 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 schools, by:
Capacity for strong parent, family and community involvement shall be embedded within the Title I program at the county and school levels through county focus interviews, LSIC, required local Title I funding of parent/family training and activities, provision of student reports to parents, school meetings for the review of state and federal standards and assessments with parents, provision of district sponsored parent activities through the KCS Parent Community Resource Center, family learning times planned and conducted between school staff and parents/families, take home materials which reinforce the curricular effort and the parent/family support role, and regular staff development to which parents and families are invited. Parent participation as vital members of school support teams will create ombudsman between the school and community in the development of equal partnerships.
- The school district will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental and family involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Title II, Title III, the Parents as Teachers Program, WV Pre-K, the Parent Community Resource Center, and other programs and activities that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children, by:
Title I will encourage collaboration with other Titled Programs and programs such as Head Start, WV Pre-K and the Parent Community Resource Center. Title I will emphasize distribution of parent literature through collaboration with the KCS Parent Community Resource Center. Collaboration among staff in the perpetuation of parent/family involvement and engagement will provide opportunities for parent and family participation in school planning, while extending the opportunity for parents and families to address their own concerns in the interest of their children. Schools will be encouraged to consider these interests and concerns as a focus in planning.
- The school district will 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 request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand:
Through Title III surveys, parents needing translation of written documents will be identified and individually addressed.
Special assistance for non-English speaking parents will be arranged as necessary.
School and district staff will encourage support for parents through such partnerships such as with the Kanawha County Parent Community Resource Center.
Title I parent activities will be routinely coordinated with other programs at the school and county level.
Parent Policies and Parents Right to Know will appear and may be converted from English to other languages as needed.
The Title I Complaint Procedure will be made available to parents at the schools.
PART IV: ADOPTION
This District-wide Parental and Family Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with, parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs. Broad approval of the policy was sought through the focus (face to face) interview process through the Title I parent focus survey. Title I parent and staff representation at the Superintendent’s Administrative Retreat has provided additional discourse furthering the collaboration of parents, families, the community and KCS staff in addressing mutual goals for the school system and its constituents.
About the Focus Interview:
This KCS County Title I Parent focus interview/survey was conducted by Title I teachers with parent representatives in each school between September through November, 2015 and from parent input received at the March 2016 Superintendent’s Administrative Retreat at Edison Staff Development Center. Data and parent opinion from the both the focus interview and the retreat were aggregated for county use in planning as well as school level planning. This policy will be in effect during the FY 2016-17 school year, and will be distributed on or before October 1, 2016 to all parents of participating Kanawha County Schools Title I, Part A children.
Pam Padon, Director of Federal Programs, Title I