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Parents are encouraged to visit school frequently and actively participate in the education of their child as volunteers.  For the protection of the students, we ask all visitors to report to the office upon entering the building  Please do not go directly to the classroom.  If you need to give your child a message, medication, homework, lunch money, or supplies, etc., please go to the office.  Interrupting class hampers valuable instruction time.  We request that parents avoid conferences with the teacher during these drop-in visits.  It is more productive to schedule a mutually acceptable time for parent conferences.  Students from other schools are not permitted to visit classes.

Cumberland County Schools

Parent/Family Involvement Plan

Cumberland County Schools recognize that a child's education is a

responsibility shared by the school and family. To support the goal of

educating all students effectively, the school and family must work as

knowledgeable partners. Although families are diverse in culture, language,

and needs, they share the school's commitment to the educational success of

their children.

Parental/family involvement is the participation of parents/families in regular,

two-way, meaningful communication involving student academic learning and

other school activities, including and ensuring:

• that parents/families play an integral role in assisting their child's


• that parents/families are encouraged to be actively involved in their

child's education at school;

• that parents/families are full partners in their child's education and are

included, as appropriate, in decision-making and advisory committees to

assist in the education of their child.

Standard 1: Welcoming all families

• All parents/families are welcomed into the school and are treated with

courtesy and respect by school employees.

• Parental input concerning school activities/policies is encouraged and


• Communication with parents/families will be in a language and/or form,

which can be understood by the parents/families.

• An annual parent/family meeting will be held at each school to which all

parents/families of participating children are invited.

• Additional meetings will be arranged at various times to give parents/

families greater opportunities for input and involvement.

• Parent meetings will be planned to address a variety of topics/concerns.

Standard 2: Communicating effectively

• In the fall of each year, with the presentation of the State Report Card, an

open forum sponsored by the Board of Education will be held to inform

parents/families of the academic assessment and adequate yearly

progress of each school.

• The State/School Report Card will be made available online, at PTO

meetings, and in the local newspaper.

• State curriculum guidelines, standards and assessment practices are

discussed at parent teacher conferences or upon parent inquiry or


• Required notifications will be distributed to all students, parents, and

families. Notifications will be sent in the child's native language.

• A student/parent handbook is provided which includes the Parent/School


• Parents/families attend parent teacher conferences to discuss their

child's educational program.

• Parent/teacher meetings are arranged at varied times to accommodate

the schedule of the parent.

• Parents/families are encouraged to contact the school about programs

and services offered.

• Parents/families and school employees work cooperatively to improve

educational opportunities.

• The school staff advertises school activities/events through various media

outlets (flyers, online, radio, newspaper).

• School calendars and classroom newsletters are distributed on a regular


• Progress notes are sent home at appropriate intervals to update parents

on student achievement and behavior.

• Parents whose second language is English are provided accommodations

as needed.

Standard 3: Supporting student success

• Families assist in creating a parent network that fosters support for

parents, students, faculty, and administration.

• Families attend parent gatherings, special events, and other activities

offered by the school.

• Families respond to school surveys.

• Parents volunteer to work in the school.

• Families keep the school informed about contact information (new phone

numbers, addresses) when changes occur.

• School personnel will be educated in the value and utility of the

contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with,

and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate

parent programs, and build ties with parents and the school.

• Parent/family involvement strategies will be coordinated and integrated

through meetings and/or communiqués with key people from other

programs, such as Head Start, Family Literacy and Pre K programs.

• The school system, in collaboration with parents/families, shall establish

programs and practices that enhance parent/family involvement at all

grade levels and reflect the specific needs of students and their families.

Standard 4: Speaking up for every child

• An annual parent/family meeting will be conducted in each school in

order to evaluate parent/family involvement. The effectiveness of

involvement activities, the degree of participation, and any barriers to

parent/family participation will be studied. The evaluation will include

parents/families at all grade levels and in a variety of roles.

• Opportunities for parent/family participation in school activities,

programs, and events will be provided equally.

• Surveys pertaining to school climate will be distributed, tallied, and

analyzed to determine areas of needed improvement.

• Helpful parenting tips regarding how to monitor their child's academic

progress, work with their child at home and partner with their child's

teacher are included in newsletters and websites.

Standard 5: Sharing power

• A Family Engagement Policy and Parent/School Compact are developed

with staff and parent input.

• Parents actively participate in the development, implementation, and

evaluation of the School Improvement Plan and parental involvement


• School policies/procedures are available for parent review and input.

• Families work with the school staff and teachers to revise the perceptions

of the school's climate.

• Families attend Open House and other parent engagement meetings at

various times to offer suggestions for improvement and to create an

educational environment that is beneficial to students.

• Varied opportunities for parental/family involvement/input in school

decisions, policies, and practices will be made available.

• Parents/families of children served in Title I schools will be involved in

decisions regarding the use of Title I funds reserved for parent/family


Standard 6: Collaborating with community

• To strengthen the bond between the community and school, parents/

community members are encouraged to be school volunteers.

• Community members/parents serve as resource persons for classroom


• Families/students are encouraged to participate in extended learning

opportunities available through varied civic groups within the community.

The parent/family involvement plan is available on the system website at The plan is also available through each school's

communication venue.

Homestead Elementary received $2600.72 and spent this money on Parent Handbooks.