BURRILLVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
POLICY RELATED TO COMMUNICATIONS/PUBLIC RELATIONS
PART I: GENERAL EXPECTATIONS
The Burrillville School Committee recognizes that the social, emotional, and academic growth of Burrillville students is best supported through the shared responsibility of parents, schools, and the community.
In support of these beliefs, the Burrillville School Committee agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:
The Burrillville School Department 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 section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Those programs, activities, and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.
Consistent with section 1118, the Burrillville School Department will work with its schools to ensure that the required school‐level parental involvement policies meet the requirements of section1118(b) of the ESEA, and each include, as a component, a school‐parent compact consistent with section 1118(d) of the ESEA.
The Burrillville School Department will incorporate this district‐wide parental involvement policy into its Local Education Agency (LEA) plan developed under section 1112 of the ESEA.
In carrying out the Title I, Part A Parental Involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the Burrillville School Department 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 section 1111 of the ESEA in an understandable and uniform format, 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 section 1112 of the ESEA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the Burrillville School Department will submit any parent comments with the plan when the Burrillville School Department submits the plan to the State Department of Education.
The Burrillville School Department will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how the one percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental involvement is spent, and will ensure that not less than 95 percent of the one percent reserved goes directly to the schools.
The Burrillville School Department will inform parents and parental organizations of the purpose and existence of the Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN). The district will make each parent group aware of the resources available through RIPIN.
The Burrillville School Department 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 involvement means the participation of parents in regular, twoway, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities,
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
decisionmaking and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child;
D. the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA.
PART II: DESCRIPTION OF HOW THE DEPARTMENT WILL IMPLEMENT
REQUIRED DEPARTMENTWIDE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY
following ways, including, but not limited to:
and improvement under section 1116 of the ESEA in the following ways, including,
but not limited to:
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:
strategies and activities in Part A with parental involvement strategies and activities in other programs by involving representatives from all groups (such as ELL, Child
Outreach, Early Intervention, RIPIN, and Head Start) in the planning and
implementation of activities.
annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parental involvement
policy to improve the quality of its Title I, Part A schools. The evaluation will include identification of barriers to greater participation by parents in parental 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 Burrillville School Department will use
the findings of the evaluation about its parental involvement policy and activities to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if
necessary, its parental involvement policies.
strong parental involvement in order to ensure ongoing and meaningful
involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the schools, parents
and community for the purpose of improving academic achievement by:
Providing assistance to parents, as appropriate, in understanding topics including, but not
This assistance will be provided through a variety of media and in multiple settings throughout each school year.
improve academic achievement.
communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, as well as the value and
utility of parental contributions, and how to build ties between parents and schools.
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 that parents can understand.
PART III: DISSEMINATION
This policy will be distributed to parents of all participating Title I, Part A children on or
before September 30th of the 2015-2016 school year and/or when a child enters Title I for services.
First Reading: April 12, 2011
Second Reading: December 13, 2011
Policy Review: March 13, 2015
Policy Review Committee Members:
Lisa Harpin, Title I Coordinator and Chairperson
Candis Boucher, Title I Family Involvement Coordinator
David Brissette, WLC Principal
Julie Mayhew, ATL Principal
Kara Curtis, Title I Reading Specialist
Diana Izzi, Title I Reading Specialist
Kristina Caliri, Title I Math Teacher
Valerie Fleury, Title I Math Teacher
Julie Bouzan, Title I Parent
Wendy Davis, Title I Parent
Jennifer Thompson, Title I Parent