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Parent's Right to Know
As a parent of a student enrolled at a Title I school, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers and instructional assistants who work with your child. Federal law allows you to ask for the following information about your child's classroom teachers and requires the District to give you this information in a timely manner:
- whether the teacher is certified to teach the subjects and/or grade levels the teacher is teaching,
- whether the teacher's certificate is a waiver or substandard certificate
- the teacher's academic major, graduate degrees, if any, and
- the teacher's certification area.
If you would like to receive this information, please call the Personnel Department at 981-1024.
Parental involvement is an integral part of the Title I program. Parents are encouraged to become partners in helping their children achieve and become actively involved in all aspects of the process of the Title I program, from the writing of the plan to its implementation and evaluation.
A strong connection between the home and school is a key element in student success. Materials, strategies, and help from teachers are available to all parents within a Title I school. Opportunities for active parent participation should include, but not be limited to open house, parent workshops, school-parent compacts, home visitiation, parent-teacher organizations, conferences, monthly newsletters, and more.
The No Child Left Behind legislation requires schools to uitlize a portion of their Title I funds to support parent involvement. Parents should contact the school principal with any comments or suggestions regarding the school's parent involvement expenditures.
Rock Hill School District #3
Parent Education Partnership
“Where Parents are at the Heart of Education”
The Rock Hill School District embraces a mission, which states that working together with student, home & community, ensures that all students have the skills, knowledge & desire to become life long learners & succeed in a changing world. Because adults can enable students to fulfill their potential by developing positive relationships with them, it therefore is the philosophy of the district that a parent is the child's most important teacher. Families need empowerment to develop greater skills. The Parent Education Partnership will provide leadership, education & support for the implementation of quality programs that enable families to become their child’s best first teacher.
For additional information please visit Parentsmart.org/ourmission
Each Title I school is required to ask for input from parents regarding the development of a parent involvement policy and a school-parent compact.
The parent involvement poicy explains how the school plans to work with parents to review and improve parent programs and describes how parents can participate in planning these programs.
The school-parent compact outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the way in which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the State's high standards.
Title I Local Educational Agency Plan - LEA Parent Involvement Policy
1. Rock Hill School District Three will involve parents in the joint development of its district wide parental involvement plan under section 1112 of the ESEA by convening a committee of representative parents who meet annually to revise and update the district’s policy. Parents are encouraged to be active members of the committee and are solicited through school newsletters and the district’s web site. Recommendations and revisions to the LEA Parent Involvement policy are welcome and such actions will be taken where reasonable and feasible. All parents will be given opportunities for feedback by contacting the district and schools.
2. Rock Hill School District Three will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement under section 1116 of the ESEA by notifying parents and the community of the district’s and schools’ adequate yearly progress (AYP). These notifications will be shared through Schoolwide Planning Team and School Improvement Council meetings, sent via web site postings and published in the newspapers and in the school newsletters and report cards, Schools provide meetings and offer conferences for all grade levels to explain test scores and share data. If the district should have schools in improvement status, this will published as well by the same means, and a meeting will be held for further explanations and for soliciting input and recommendations from parents for improving. Parents will be notified by school newsletters of each school’s status, and messages will be sent to each child’s home via the ConnectEd telephone service.
3. Rock Hill School District will provide the following necessary coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance through the district’s ParentSmart Program which provides parent educators who conduct home visitations. Home visits are to empower the parents to be their child’s first and best teacher by modeling interactions between parent and child, sharing developmentally appropriate materials and information in the home. Workshops are also offered in the Title I schools as well as the Family Resource Center, and parent lending libraries have been established in all Title I Schools.
4. Rock Hill School District Three will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies in Part A with parental involvement strategies under the following other programs: The district is actively involved with First Steps through collaboration with other district Parent Education / Family Literacy programs in York County. First Steps has provided grants for additional parent educators and for materials and supplies to provide direct services to parents and children. All Parent Educators in Rock Hill are certified in the Parents As Teachers program (PAT), birth through 5 years of age. Through a grant provided by the SC State Department of Education and First Steps, the RHSD ParentSmart Program has established a Family Literacy Program utilizing the Even Start model to work with the parents for completing their high school education (GED or High School Diploma), ESOL education, computer training and employment assistance. This program is coordinated in conjunction with the district’s Adult Education Program. These parents participate in all four components of the Even Start Family Literacy model including Adult Education, Parent Education, Early Childhood Education and Interactive Literacy Activities joining parents and children together for joint learning opportunities in the both the center, as well as in homes.
The district works with Head Start by providing a building for the Rock Hill Chapter and transition day for those leaving Head Start to come to kindergarten in the public schools. The children visit the kindergarten they will be attending and school tours are conducted for parents and the students. The RHSD Parent Smart Program provides transition assistance for ESOL families with preschool children by providing translation services for the application process. Additionally at the beginning of the year, open house meetings are scheduled for students and parents to visit and get acquainted.
The RHSD also opens staff development opportunities for Head Start and other private schools and day cares in the Rock Hill and neighboring areas.
5. Rock Hill School District Three will conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and the effectiveness of this parental involvement policy in improving the quality of it Title I, Part A schools. This will be done through completion of a survey sent home annually at the end of the school year, and attention will be given to those of LEP by translated versions and making parent educators available to help translate or read to and explain, if needed. The district has bilingual Parent Educators for this purpose and are very active with the Title I community in providing such services and securing assistance when needed for families.
This data is sent out by the schools and results are returned to the District Office where data is analyzed. It is shared with parents at open parent meetings at the beginning of the school year, and parental feedback and/or suggestions for revisions are always solicited and are vital for the operation of the district‘s Title I program.