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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
responsibility shared by the school and family. To support the
educating all students effectively, the school and family must
knowledgeable partners. Although families are diverse in
and needs, they share the school's commitment to the educational
Parental/family involvement is the participation of
parents/families in regular,
two-way, meaningful communication involving student academic
other school activities, including and ensuring:
• that parents/families play an integral role in assisting
• 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
assist in the education of their child.
Standard 1: Welcoming all families
• All parents/families are welcomed into the school and are
courtesy and respect by school employees.
• Parental input concerning school activities/policies is
• Communication with parents/families will be in a language
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
families greater opportunities for input and involvement.
• Parent meetings will be planned to address a variety of
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
parents/families of the academic assessment and adequate
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
discussed at parent teacher conferences or upon parent inquiry
• Required notifications will be distributed to all
students, parents, and
families. Notifications will be sent in the child's native
• A student/parent handbook is provided which includes the
• Parents/families attend parent teacher conferences to
child's educational program.
• Parent/teacher meetings are arranged at varied times to
the schedule of the parent.
• Parents/families are encouraged to contact the school
and services offered.
• Parents/families and school employees work cooperatively
• 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
on student achievement and behavior.
• Parents whose second language is English are provided
Standard 3: Supporting student success
• Families assist in creating a parent network that fosters
parents, students, faculty, and administration.
• Families attend parent gatherings, special events, and
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,
and work with parents as equal partners, implement and
parent programs, and build ties with parents and the school.
• Parent/family involvement strategies will be coordinated
through meetings and/or communiqués with key people from
programs, such as Head Start, Family Literacy and Pre K
• The school system, in collaboration with
parents/families, shall establish
programs and practices that enhance parent/family involvement at
grade levels and reflect the specific needs of students and
Standard 4: Speaking up for every child
• An annual parent/family meeting will be conducted in each
order to evaluate parent/family involvement. The effectiveness
involvement activities, the degree of participation, and any
parent/family participation will be studied. The evaluation will
parents/families at all grade levels and in a variety of
• Opportunities for parent/family participation in school
programs, and events will be provided equally.
• Surveys pertaining to school climate will be distributed,
analyzed to determine areas of needed improvement.
• Helpful parenting tips regarding how to monitor their
progress, work with their child at home and partner with their
teacher are included in newsletters and websites.
Standard 5: Sharing power
• A Family Engagement Policy and Parent/School Compact are
with staff and parent input.
• Parents actively participate in the development,
evaluation of the School Improvement Plan and parental
• 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
various times to offer suggestions for improvement and to create
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
Standard 6: Collaborating with community
• To strengthen the bond between the community and school,
community members are encouraged to be school volunteers.
• Community members/parents serve as resource persons for
• Families/students are encouraged to participate in
opportunities available through varied civic groups within the
The parent/family involvement plan is available on the system
http://ccschools.k12tn.net. The plan is also
available through each school's
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