Parental Involvement Policy @ Momot
Parental Involvement Policy
The Board of Education Parental Involvement Policy of the Plattsburgh City School District recognizes the following:
- The critical role of families in their children’s academic achievement and social well being;
- The responsibility of every school to create a welcoming environment, conducive to learning and supportive of comprehensive family involvement programs that have been developed jointly with families;
- The need to accommodate the diverse needs of families by developing jointly, with families, multiple, innovative, and flexible ways for families to be involved;
- The rights and responsibilities of parents and guardians, particularly in their right to have access to the school, their child’s records, and their child’s classroom;
- The value of working with community agencies that provide services to children and families;
- The need for families to remain involved from preschool through high school;
- The diversity of family structures, circumstances and responsibilities, including differences that might impede family participation. Policies and programs should include participation by all persons interested in the child’s educational progress, not just the biological parents; and
- A need for links with social service and health agencies, faith-based institutions and community groups to support key family and community issues.
The faculty and staff of Momot Elementary recognize the importance of parental involvement and participation in their child’s education and are committed to implementing the Board of Education Policy. Every effort is made to develop opportunities for parental involvement across a broad spectrum of school programs, activities and procedures, as illustrated by, but not limited to, those listed below:
- Kindergarten Orientation
- Reading Incentive Program
- Take-home ELA and Math activities
- Information on homework policies
- Information on how to assist students with skills they need to improve
- School is a Feeling Assemblies and Celebrations
- School Wide Assemblies
- Parent Teacher Association Activities
- Open House Activities
- Parent Luncheons
- Report Card Conferences
- Use of Parent Volunteers
- Distribution of Student/ Parent Handbooks
- Members of both school and district wide committees on school climate, school improvement and safety
- Updating of PCSD Website
- Open Door Policy for Parent Visits
- Bi-Weekly School Newsletter, “Bearfacts”
- Provision of School-based Family Activities at all Grade Levels
- Workshops on parenting and child development
- Parent surveys to share information about children’s goals, strengths and special talents
- Partnership with YMCA for Before and After School Program
- Partnership with Department of Social Services for PSAP Referrals
- Development of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, including Community Wrap Around Services.
- Sharing and discussion of NYS Standards, curriculum alignment, student expectations and assessment procedures.
We believe that children succeed best when there is a strong partnership between home and school. This partnership thrives on open communication between parents and the school, parental involvement in their child’s education and parental responsibility for all aspects of their child’s education. Parents can become partners in their child’s education by:
- Becoming familiar with their child’s school activities and academic program, including special programs offered by the district.
- Discussing with child advocates, teachers and principals the options and opportunities available to their child.
- Monitoring their child’s academic progress and contacting teachers when necessary.
- Attending scheduled teacher/school conferences.
- Monitoring their child’s attendance at school. Regular school attendance is important if a child is to achieve his/her full potential. Parents are urged to make extra effort to ensure their child establishes a regular attendance pattern.
- Learning does not end when the school day is over. We encourage parents to set aside time for reading, informal learning activities, and assisting their child in homework assignments.