Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), parents/guardians of schools receiving federal Title I funds have the right to know the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers, including:
- Whether a teacher has state certification for the grade levels and subjects he or she is teaching;
- Whether a teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
- Whether the teacher is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher;
- Whether their child receives services from paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications; and
- Whether their child has been taught for four or more weeks in a row by a teacher “who does not meet applicable state certification or licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned.”
Parents/guardians may request their child’s classroom teacher’s professional qualifications by contacting Superintendent Patricia Morris at 373-6100, ext. 30022, with any questions.
To provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the children served in Title I schools to meet the state’s student academic achievement standards.
Parents/guardians will support their children’s learning in the following ways:
- Monitoring attendance.
- Making sure that homework is completed.
- Monitoring their child’s screen time.
- Volunteering in their child’s school.
- Participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to their child’s education.
- Promoting positive use of their child’s extracurricular time.
- Staying informed about their child’s education and communicating with the school by promptly reading all notices from the school or the school district either received by their child, by email/messenger system or by mail, and responding, as appropriate.
- Serving, to the extent possible, on policy advisory groups, such as being the Title I, Part A parent representative on the school’s School Improvement Team, the Title I Policy Advisory Committee, the District wide Policy Advisory Council, the State’s Committee of Practitioners, the School Support Team or other school advisory or policy groups.
Parent/guardian-school communication is essential to the learning process and is a shared responsibility. The district will:
- Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the state’s student academic achievement standards.
- Hold parent-teacher conferences (at least annually in elementary schools) during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement.
- Provide parents/guardians with frequent reports on their children’s progress.
- Provide parents/guardians with reasonable access to staff.
- Provide parents/guardians with opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s school, and to observe school activities.