Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy
The Board and community believe that the education of children is a joint responsibility, one it shares with the parents/guardians of the school community. Parent and family engagement is an on-going process that assists parents/guardians and families in meeting basic obligations as their child’s first educator, and promotes clear, two-way dialogue between home and school so that parents/guardians can be supported as leaders and decision makers at all levels concerning the education of their child(ren).
The Board directs that the following activities be implemented to encourage parent and family engagement:
- Involve parents/guardians in the joint development of the district’s overall Title I plan and the process of school review and improvement.
- Provide the coordination, technical assistance and other support necessary to assist participating schools in planning and implementing effective family engagement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance.
- Develop activities that promote the schools’ and parents’/guardians’ capacity for strong family engagement.
- Coordinate and integrate parent and family engagement strategies with appropriate programs, as provided by law.
- Involve parents/guardians in an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the policy in improving the academic quality of schools served under Title I.
- Identify barriers to participation by parents/guardians who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority.
- Identify the needs of parents/guardians and family members to assist with the learning of their child(ren), including engaging with school personnel and teachers.
- Identify strategies to support successful school and family interactions.
- Use findings of annual evaluations to develop strategies designed to foster greater partnership between school and families.
- Involve parents/guardians in the activities of schools served under Title I.
For the benefit of children, the Board and community believe that parents have a responsibility to be involved in the schools, and to encourage their child’s career in school by:
- Supporting the school in requiring that children observe all school rules and regulations, and by accepting their own responsibility for children’s willful in-school behavior;
- Sending children to school with proper attention to their health, personal cleanliness and dress; maintaining an active interest in the student’s daily work and making it possible for the student to complete assigned homework through providing suitable conditions for study;
- Reading all communications from the school and signing and returning them promptly when required; or asking for assistance with printed material if needed;
- Cooperating with the school in attending conferences set up for the exchange of information on the child’s progress in school; and
- Participating in in-school activities and special functions when possible.
Board Policy 916: Volunteers
For the benefit of children, the Board and community believe parents should be made aware of their responsibilities through the use of communication tools such as the Parent Involvement Survey, the Parent Involvement Checklist, and the Search Institute’s List of 40 Developmental Assets (see attached). The district will offer parents suggestions, workshops or other activities, as resources permit. Such activities will assist parents in understanding the responsibilities that the Board and community believe they have toward the education of the children, and in becoming involved in the education of their children.
For the benefit of our students, the Board and community believe that some children will benefit greatly from a volunteer mentor. The Board gives authority to the Superintendent or designee to assign a volunteer mentor to the child, as long as the parent/guardian is not opposed to such assignment. A volunteer mentor may meet with a student regularly during the school day or at other assigned times to encourage the student’s efforts and to acknowledge accomplishments.
Parent Volunteer Laws:
Updates posted as received — law continues to be revised.
Dear parents and guardians:
A volunteer is someone who is more than a visitor, and normally involves an individual working directly with one or more students. Examples include, but are not limited to: any individual who chaperones a field trip; anyone who serves as a classroom volunteer; anyone who has contact with children in connection with production of a play, concert, or other curricular, co-curricular, or extracurricular activity; any individual who serves as a volunteer sport coach.
No longer can someone be approved as a volunteer one time and then stay on the volunteer list. The new law requires the following clearances:
- State Police Clearance
- FBI Fingerprint – (needed only if you lived out of Pennsylvania in the past 10 years)
- Child Abuse Clearance
In addition, our policy requires that you have a tuberculosis test, which can be done by your family physician. This test does not need to be renewed every three years.
Please be aware that any arrests and/or convictions that happen after you had your clearances must be reported on a form that you can get through our district office by calling 717-273- 9391 extension 0. A volunteer who does not share required information commits a misdemeanor of the third degree and will be denied a volunteer position.
We appreciate our volunteers and we thank you for understanding that these new laws were put into place to protect our children.
Dr. Abrom, Superintendent of Schools
Volunteer Required Clearances
Below you will find the links to go on to obtain clearances, cost, and helpful information of what to expect with each clearance. Payment of fees is the responsibility of the volunteer.
1) PA State Police Clearance
The State Police clearance is available solely online and you will get an instant response showing “no findings”, if you do not have a record. The volunteer must bring in the original document to the district office receptionist.
2) Child Abuse Clearance
The online Child Abuse Clearance site requires you to create an account and submit your request electronically. Results will be emailed or mailed to you, your choice, within 14 days of submission. You also have the option of completing this process using a paper application and US mail. The volunteer must bring in the original document to the district office receptionist.
3) FBI Clearance
Choose Pennsylvania Department of Education (needed only if you lived out of Pennsylvania in the past 10 years)
Non-compliance with this new law requires that we do not permit you to volunteer.