Section 600 Guideline 655.1

    School District








    1. Design and implement programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools with Title I programs. These programs, activities, and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.


    1. Work with schools to ensure that the required school-level Parent and Family Engagement Plan meets the Title I requirements, and include, as a component, a school- parent compact.


    1. To the extent practicable, the district and its schools will provide full opportunities for the participation of all parents, including providing information and school reports in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request in a language parents can understand.


    1. If the district plan for Title I is not satisfactory to the parents and/or guardians of participating students, the district will submit any family comments with the plan when the school district submits the plan to Minnesota Department of Education.


    1. If applicable, involve the parents of children served in Title I schools in decisions about how the one percent  of Title I funds reserved for parent involvement is spent, and will ensure that not less than 90% of the one percent reserved goes directly to the schools.


    1. The district will be governed by the following definition to the term “parent” to include legal guardian or other person standing in place of a parent.


    1. Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:


      1. that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;


      1. that parents are encourage to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;


      1. that parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate in decision-making and on advisory activities.



    1. Provide assistance to the parents, as appropriate, in understanding such topics as the state’s content standards and state academic and linguistic achievement standards, state and local academic assessments, how to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children;


    1. Provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children’s academic and linguistic achievement, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement;


    1. Educate staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school;


    1. Coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities, to the extent feasible and appropriate;


    1. Ensure that information is sent to the parents of participating children in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents can understand;


    1. Provide other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under this as parents may request;


    1. Discretionary activities as applicable.