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    WS/FCS Parent/Family Engagement
    Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Parent/Family Engagement Program ensures that Title I, Part A parent and family engagement regulations are met with meaningful and strategic actions to build parent/family and school staff capacity as mandated by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. Schools and districts must ensure that strong strategies are in place to: 1) build capacity to engage parents/stakeholders in an effective partnership with the school; and 2) share and support high student academic achievement.  
      
     
    Every school receiving Title I money is required to:
    • Work with parents to jointly develop a written parent/family engagement policy/plan;
    • Distribute the parent/family engagement policy/plan to all parents and to the local community;
    • Inform parents/families of the policy/plan and their right to be involved at an annual Title I meeting;
    • Offer flexible parent/family engagement meetings and family learning activities;
    • Involve parents/families in planning, reviewing, and improving school programs;
    • Work with parent/familiess to develop a school-parent/family compactthat is designed to improve individual student academic achievement;
    • Increase opportunities for parent/family engagement in the school by helping parents/families understand academic expectations and assessments;
    • Provide materials and training for parents/families, and school staff, to foster greater parent/family engagement; and
    • Integrate activities with other federal and state programs.

    Every school receiving Title I money is required to notify parents/families of their right to receive this information. Parents/families may request information concerning:
    • The professional qualifications of their child's teacher(s) including the degrees held, certifications held, and whether the teacher is certified in the area he/she is teaching.
    • Whether or not their child is receiving instruction by a paraprofessional, and if so, his/her qualifications.  This applies to all instructional staff in the school, not just those paid with Title I funds.
    Right2Know Title I schools must notify parents/families:
    • Concerning the school improvement status of their child's school;
    • Regarding information on the level of achievement of their child in each of the state academic assessments;
    • If their child has been assigned, or has been taught for at least four consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet the highly qualified definition; and
    • Of their right to be involved in the planning and implementation of the Title I parent/family program in their schoo
    The Title I Application Review meeting for parents/families and community stakeholders is held each Spring to give parents/families and stakeholders an opportunity to review district’s Title I Application and receive updates for the current FY/school year.  In addition to Title I Parent/Family Advisory Council Members, all Title I parents/families are invited and encouraged to attend this meeting to acquire first-hand information on the Title I Application and other important Title I updates.   
     
    Title I Parents at the Parent Leadership Institute.  
    • WS/FCS Parent and Family Engagement is an ongoing process that increases active participation, communication, and collaboration between parents, schools, and communities with the goal of educating the whole child to ensure student achievement and success.