Parent Involvement Policy
NOTE: Parent refers to any caregiver who has responsibility for the caring for a child including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, foster parents, stepparents, older siblings. Etc.
KGIS School recognizes that a critical part of effective schooling is parent involvement. The school and the home cannot be looked at in isolation from one another; families and schools need to collaborate to help children adhere to the responsibilities of being successful students.
Research has shown that involvement by parents as partners in their children’s education contributes greatly to student achievement and conduct.
1- Families provide the primary educational environment. An educational environment is a quiet, positive place at home where your child can complete homework.
2- Parent involvement in their children’s education improves student achievement.
3- Parent involvement in their children’s education is more important to student success than family income or education.
4- Parent involvement with the school is most effect when it is supportive long-lasting and well planned.
5- The benefits of parent involvement for students are not limited to early childhood or the elementary grades; positive benefits continue on through high school and college.
6- Parents must be involved in supporting their children’s education at home, and to ensure the quality of schools in serving the community, parents must be involved at all levels in schools.
The staff at KGIS believes the education of its students is a responsibility shared with the parents. The school’s primary responsibility shall be to provide a high-quality curriculum and instructional program in a supportive and effective learning environment that enable all students to meet the academic expectations set forth in the California Academic Standards.
Parents shall have the responsibility and opportunity to work with the schools in a mutually supportive and respectful partnership with the goal of helping their children succeed in school.
Types of involvement are:
• Parenting: Help all families establish home environments to support children as students.
• Communicating: Design effective forms of school-to-home and home-to-school communications about school programs and children s progress.
• Volunteering: Recruit and organize parent help and support.
• Learning at Home: Provide information and ideas to families about how to help students at home with homework and other curriculum-related activities, decisions and planning.
• Decision-Making: Include parents in school decisions, develop parent leaders and representatives.
• Collaborating with Community: Identify and integrate resources and services from the community to strengthen school programs, family practices and student learning and development.
Parent Involvement Policy:
Parent involvement as described in this policy shall be developed with the assistance of parents, agreed to by parent, incorporated in the school’s Single Plan for Student Achievement, reviewed and updated annually by parents, and readily available to the local community.
The policy will be posted on the school website.
Parents of new participating students will receive the policy upon registration
All parents are invited and encouraged to attend an annual meeting which shall be held soon after the start of the school at a time and date convenient for parents and staff. A written notice (in English and Arabic) shall be sent to all parents and will include the rights of parents to be actively involved in supporting their children’s academic achievement. Each year parents shall be invited to attend a number of regularly scheduled meetings such as the Parent-Teacher meetings, and any other functions held at the school planned at times convenient for their participation. The goal of these meetings is to keep parents informed regarding the progress of students in the core academic program, intervention programs and other issues pertaining to KGIS. Through these meetings, parents will be involved, on an on-going basis, in the planning, review and improvement of programs, including the Parent Involvement Policy, General School Improvement Team meetings and school plan.
The principal and school staff shall provide timely information about curriculum, local and ministry assessment results. Parents will be informed, on an ongoing basis, about student support programs, classroom activities and school events. They will provide suggestions for, and receive information and training on family and education related topics to assist them with their children.
The school staff and parents shall jointly develop a home-school compact that explains how parents, students and school staff will share responsibility for improved student academic achievement. The compact shall be reviewed annually and modified as needed. The compact shall
1- Be signed by all parties – parent, student, teacher(s) and principal and a copy given to the parent and student.
2- Describe how the school staff will be responsible for providing a high-quality instructional program that enables all students to meet the ministry of Oman and international standards and for providing a safe, nurturing learning environment for all students.
3- Explain how parents will be responsible for supporting their child’s learning by monitoring attendance, homework competition, television viewing, use of electronic devices and participating in decisions relating to the child’s education.
4- Describe how students will take responsibility for coming to school to work as learners.
Building Parent Involvement:
To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and community that will improve student achievement, the school shall .
Provide regularly scheduled informational meetings and workshops to address topics requested and needed by parents. The school shall enable parent to gain a better understanding of the following:
1- Ministry of Oman and international standards and achievement goals that all students are expected to meet.
2- How to monitor their children’s progress through interpreting Ministry and international assessment reports and student progress reports.
3- Strategies to use at home to support their child’s academic achievement, such as monitoring the completion of homework and school assignments, reading with their child, working with mathematics, literacy training, etc.
4- Effective use of resources provided on the parent bulletin, located in the Administration building that support and encourage parental involvement in their children’s education.
School staff shall be educated, with the assistance of parents, in the value of parent contributions, and how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners in their children’s education by using strategies to:
1- Ensure the information related to school and parent programs, meetings, workshops, and other activities is sent in parent-friendly format, via email/sms /letter, , in a language parents understand.
2- Implement and coordinate parent programs that build ties between parents and the school, such as opportunities to support the school through volunteering their time, and when appropriate, offer classroom/teacher support and after school activities such as translating or tutoring.
To further the goal of effective parent involvement, school staff will:
1- Encourage and inform parents of the leadership roles available to effectively serve on the PTA, Safe-School Committee, and the School Site Council.
2- Organize a parent group (i.e. PTA) for the purpose of supporting parent involvement activities at the school and enhancing the leadership skills of parent in working with other parents.
3- Consider hiring a parent/community representative to serve as a liaison between school and community to increase parent communication and participation.
The school, to the extent practical, shall provide parents with limited English proficiency opportunities to fully participate in school sponsored activities by using translation at all meetings and workshops and by sending written notices and reports in language, to the extent possible, that parents understand.