Family Engagement Policy and Compact

Purpose of this Policy and Compact

Efforts will be made to clearly articulate the school’s intentions to engage with and involve parents/caregivers in the educational process.

Centre Ridge Elementary is a Title I school within Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) and utilizes the Title I grant to improve student achievement and help all students meet the objectives of the FCPS Program of Studies and the Virginia Standards of Learning. A partnership with families is essential to meeting this goal.

Under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, schools that receive Title I funds are expected to collaborate with families to develop and maintain a parent and family engagement policy that describes the school’s approach to involve families in students’ learning and includes a compact expressing the partnerships among staff, caregivers, and students to reach high academic goals for every student.

Centre Ridge Elementary jointly developed this policy and compact with members of the school community and adopted it for the 2019-2020 school year. A number of the provisions specifically address state or federal expectations for the policy and compact.

This policy and compact is distributed to all caregivers in a language that families can understand. Caregivers have opportunities to provide comments and feedback on the policy and compact through PTA meetings, Parent Liaisons and parent meetings. Comments are submitted with the school’s policy and compact to FCPS central offices and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). This policy and compact are made available to the broader school community through the school website.

Important Dates

Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • November 4, 2019

  • additional dates, as needed

Progress Report Distribution

  • November 11, 2019

  • February 3, 2020

  • April 20, 2020

  • June 12, 2020

School Events

  • Back to School Night and Annual Meeting: Aug.22, 2019
  • Reading, Arts, Math, Science (RAMS) night
  • Multi-Cultural Potluck Night
  • AAP Parent Night
  • Heritage Night

Building Capacity for Involvement

Efforts will be made to ensure parents/caregivers are actively involved in the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the school’s Title I program, including the following:

  • Provide family members a voice in decision-making on committees, such as SIIP and PTA.
  • Engage caregiver input when developing the School Improvement Plan (SIIP), Title I Schoolwide Plan, the Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy and Compact, and plans for use of Title I family engagement funding.
  • Seek feedback from families on programs within the Title I Schoolwide Plan, offer multiple methods for caregivers to submit comments about programs they may not find satisfactory, and submit any such comments with the Title I Schoolwide Plan to FCPS central offices.
  • Invite family members to help in organizing and executing a variety of school events to build collective ownership, such as Curriculum Nights, PTA events, Bingo Night, Heritage Night.
  • Provide opportunities for caregivers to volunteer within the school in various ways, such as Veterans Day, Read Across America, and Field Trips.
  • Encourage families to take part in annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the division-level Title I parent and family engagement policy in order to identify:
    • barriers to greater family participation,
    • ways to help family members be better able to assist in student learning, and
    • strategies to support successful school and family interactions.

Effective Communication with Parents

Efforts will be made to ensure parents/caregivers receive meaningful communication in a timely manner, including the following:

  • Use multiple methods of communication to families such as KIT, Tuesday folders, Parent Liaisons.
  • Encourage all caregivers to attend an annual meeting at Back to School Night on August 22, 2019, to share information about Title I services, explain Title I grant requirements, and inform families of their right to be involved in the school.
  • Share school and student performance data with families in ways that seek their ideas about how to improve performance toward Virginia’s challenging academic standards, such as Curriculum Nights related to Reading, Math and Science.
  • Provide opportunities throughout the year for families to better understand the school’s goals for students and find ways to improve student learning by Parent conferences and PTA meetings
  • Maintain resources for caregivers to review student assignments and ongoing communication about student work, such as class based instructional sites (Blackboard, BLOOMZ), newsletters, and progress reports.
  • Provide ongoing feedback on student progress through quarterly progress reports that show specific areas of proficiency and areas for continued growth.
  • Hold parent-teacher conferences for all students at least annually in the fall and more often, as needed.
  • Quarterly Parent coffee at school to discuss topics related to school

Shared Responsibilities for High Academic Achievement

Efforts will be made to ensure parents/caregivers receive materials, training, and benefits from school partnerships with social and academic services, community-based organizations, and businesses, including the following:

  • Hold workshops connecting caregivers to tools and resources, such as AAP Parent Information Night, and Curriculum Nights.
  • Offer regular opportunities for families to learn directly from school staff about the school’s academic, behavioral, and social programming through Back to School Night, KIT, Social Media and school website.
  • Encourage participation in family learning events where caregivers learn strategies to support their child’s learning at home and have a chance to practice those strategies with their child, such as Curriculum Nights.
  • Provide ongoing access to resources in the school, such as Family Center, Main office and electronic communications.
  • Provide mentors for students though peer mentors, staff mentors, 6th grade kinder buddy program.
  • Provide opportunities to donate and access supplies donated by others, such as the weekend food program, clothes donation program through local church, social worker organized holiday gift program.
  • Leverage partnerships with local businesses and organizations to enhance school programs and events, such as food program, United Methodist church, Chipotle and McDonalds business partnership
  • Support parents in accessing county and community resources, such as Mott Center, Community Services Board and Local Youth programs (SYA, CYA etc).
  • Offer outreach and training for targeted families, such as social-emotional series in partnership with Fairfax County and the Neighborhood School Readiness Team.
  • Quarterly Parent coffee at school to discuss topics related to school

Welcoming All Families

Efforts will be made to ensure that all parents/caregivers are welcomed and provided opportunities to actively engage within the school, including the following:

  • Create a welcoming atmosphere at the school with Family Center, PTA events, and Parent volunteers.
  • Provide interpretation services for parent-teacher conferences, workshops, and meetings.
  • Translate or provide interpretation of school document s and communication to make them accessible in the caregiver’s preferred correspondence language and for those with vision or hearing impairments.
  • Support two-way communication between families and staff through assistance of a parent liaison for conferences, IEP meetings, school event communication and translations.
  • Expand access for family participation in informational meetings and learning sessions through use of parent liaisons, translated communications and Tuesday folders.
  • Home visits to welcome families to school at start of school year

Compact Provisions

School staff, parents/caregivers, and students must work together to ensure a student success.

The staff will:

Provide a high-quality curriculum and instruction that enables students to meet challenging academic standard through the following actions:

  • Teach all students according to the state’s challenging standards, using approved curriculum resources.
  • Provide ongoing professional development and support to all teachers to ensure effective instructional practices are used in all classrooms.
  • Guided instruction in reading and mathematics.
  • Twice a week Collaborative Learning Team meetings.

Provide a supportive and effective learning environment for students through the following actions:

  • Provide clear expectations for student behavior and academic learning.
  • Offer a variety of resources to help students with their learning.
  • Responsive classroom practices implemented school wide.
  • Weekly Behavior CLT to address students with behavior struggles.

Provide assistance to caregivers in understanding the school’s program through the following actions:

  • Hold an annual meeting to present information on the school’s Title I programs, state and division curriculum and assessments, and the school’s state and federal accountability status.
  • Provide multiple opportunities for caregivers to ask questions and give input into the Title I programs.
  • School wide Curriculum nights around Math, Reading and Science.
  • Weekly communications through KIT and electronic communications.

Build caregivers’ involvement in the school’s Title I program through the following actions:

  • Include caregivers as members of the School Improvement Planning (SIIP) Committee and as collaborators in developing the Title I Schoolwide Plan and plans for the use of Title I family engagement funds.
  • Parent Resource Center- work with Parent Liaisons
  • ESOL Parent education course

The parents/caregivers will:

Demonstrate understanding that participation in my child’s education will help his or her achievement through the following actions:

  • Participate in decisions related to school programs and my child’s education and share my questions or comments about the programs in my child’s school.
  • Volunteer in my child’s classroom or in school activities, as my schedule allows.
  • Encourage and support my child’s learning at home and at school.
  • Join PTA committees and/or volunteer for events
  • Participate in Parent/Teacher conferences.

The student will:

Share the responsibility to improve my academic learning to achieve the state’s challenging standards through the following actions:

  • Get enough sleep every night.
  • Come to school on time unless I am sick.
  • Try my hardest and work with my classmates to complete learning tasks.
  • Give my parents all notes and papers from my teacher.
  • Actively participate in my classroom activities.
  • Be respectful to both my teacher and fellow classmates.
  • Use technology responsibly and screen time in moderation
  • Demonstrate Positivity Project characteristics I learned this year