Hancock County Family and Community Engagement Plan

 

The Hancock County School System will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development of its district wide family engagement plan:

 

a.      The Hancock County School System will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement:

 

b.     The Hancock County School System 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:

 

c.      The Hancock County School System shall build the schools’ and parent capacity for strong parent involvement by:

 

d.     The Hancock County School System will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies under the following other programs: Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, Parents as Teachers, Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters, State-run preschool programs, and Title III language instructional programs:

 

e.      The Hancock County School System will annually evaluate the Family Engagement Plan at its Family and Community Advisory Committee meeting.  At that time, the district will conduct with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy in improving the academic quality of the schools served by Title I-A:

·       Identifying barriers to greater parental participation in parent involvement activities,  (especially for parents economically disadvantaged, disabled, limited English proficient, with limited literacy, or of racial or ethnic minority background);

·       Using the findings of the evaluation to design strategies for more effective parental involvement; and

·       Revising, if necessary, the LEA’s parental involvement policies.

 

f.      Hancock County’s Family and Community Engagement Advisory Council consisting of administrators, school representatives and parents will meet regularly to discuss district issues including programs, activities, procedures, and policies.  They will also involve parents in the activities of schools served under Title I, Part A including but not limited to the design, implementation, and evaluation of the Title I Part A program.

 

g.     The Hancock County School System along with the Family and Community Engagement Advisory Council will ensure accessibility through the following means: to the extent practicable, 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 in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand. The LEA’s records and policies promote parental and community participation in programs for ELL students.

 

Hancock County School System has built into its calendar two half days for parent-teacher conferences for each school in which parents will be given access to all learning materials.

 

Hancock County School System implements effective outreach to parents to inform parents how they can be involved in the education of their children (handbooks, field trip info, AP courses, extra-curricular activities, etc.) in a language parents can understand. Hancock County Schools also has a website (www.hancockcountyschools.com)with information including the following:

 

Hancock County School System requires that all Title I schools have developed school level family engagement plans.  The Title I office provides assistance in the development of these plans.

 

Hancock County School System requires that the Title I budget reflect a minimum of 1% of the total budget on parental involvement activities.  The Family and Community Engagement Advisory Committee will determine how the district funds are to be spent. The Hancock County School System requires not less that 95% of the 1% reserved goes directly to the schools.