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Right to Know
As a parent of a student enrolled at a Title I school, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers and instructional assistants who work with your child. Federal law allows you to ask for the following information about your child’s classroom teachers and requires the District to give you this information in a timely manner:
If you would like to obtain this information about your child’s teacher, please visit: SCDE Educator Qualification Search
or call the Office of Federal Programs at 803-849-2461.
Parent and Family Engagement
Parent and Family Engagement is an integral part of the Title I program. Parents are encouraged to become partners in helping their children achieve and become actively involved in all aspects of the process of the Title I program, from the writing of the plan to its implementation and evaluation.
A strong connection between the home and school is a key element in student success. Materials, strategies, and help from teachers are available to all parents within a Title I school. Opportunities for active parent participation should include, but not be limited to open house, parent and family engagement workshops, school-parent compacts, home visitation, parent-teacher organizations, conferences, monthly newsletters, and more.
The Title I legislation requires schools to utilize a portion of their Title I funds to support parent and family engagement. Parents should contact the school principal with any comments or suggestions regarding the school’s Parent and Family Engagement expenditures.
Parent Involvement Policy and School-Parent Compact
Each Title I school is required to ask for input from parents regarding the development of a Parent Involvement policy and a school-parent compact.
The Parent and Family Engagement policy explains how the school plans to work with parents to review and improve parent and family engagement programs and describes how parents can participate in planning these programs.
The school-parent compact outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the way in which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the State’s high standards.
The Parent and Family Engagement Policies for all Title I schools and the Institute are reviewed annually.
If you have comments or suggestions in regards to your school’ s policy, please contact a member of your
school’s leadership team. If you have comments or suggestions in regards to your school’s policy, please contact
the Office of Federal Programs at (803) 849-2461.
If you have any comments or suggestions regarding Title I Plans within the Institute, please contact the Office of Federal Programs at (803) 849-2461. The Institute will submit any parent comments or suggestions with the plan when it
is submitted to the South Carolina State Department of Education.