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Title I

 

Lugoff Elementary School is a Title 1 School. What does this mean?

Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of academically at-risk students. The goal of Title I is to provide extra instructional services and activities which support students identified as failing or most at risk of failing the state’s challenging performance standards in mathematics, reading, and writing.

What will Title I do for my child? The Title I program will provide your student with extra educational assistance.

Which students does Title I Serve? The program serves students who have demonstrated that extra assistance is needed.

How does our school receive Title I money? First, the federal government provides funding to each state. Then, each State Educational Agency sends money to its school districts. The amount of money each school receives is determined by the number of low-income students attending that school. Finally, Title I schools:

  • Identify the students at their school who need the most educational assistance based on the criteria that school has chosen. Students do NOT have to be from low-income families to receive Title I services.

  • Set goals for improving the skills of academically at-risk students at their school.

  • Measure student progress to determine the success of the Title I program for each student.

  • Develop programs for each individual student in order to support/supplement regular classroom instruction.

What do Title I programs offer? Title I programs generally offer:

  • Additional teachers and/or paraprofessionals

  • Opportunities for professional development for school staff

  • Extra time for teaching Title I students the skills they need

  • A variety of supplementary teaching methods

  • An individualized program for students

  • Additional teaching materials which supplement a student’s regular instruction

  • A variety of opportunities for parents to stay informed and be involved with their child’s educational experience

  • Parent Resource Centers with educational materials and resources for families to check out and use at home

Parents'/Guardians' Rights Notification: 2023- 2024 School Year

Parents/Guardians in the Kershaw County School District have the right to learn about the following qualifications of their child's teacher: state licensure requirements for the grade level and content areas taught, the current licensing status of your child's teacher, and baccalaureate/graduate certification/degree. You may also request the qualifications of an instructional paraprofessional who serves your student in a Title I program or if your school operates a schoolwide Title I program.  Parents/Guardians may request this information from the Office of the Superintendent by calling  Mr. Dan Matthews, Chief Academic Officer, or by sending a letter of request to Mr. Dan Matthews, 2029 West DeKalb Street, Camden, SC 29020.  The Kershaw County School District ensures that parents will be notified in writing if their child has been assigned, or has been taught by a teacher for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not considered highly qualified.  

 

 

Title I School-Level Parent and Family Engagement Policy 

Lugoff Elementary School

2023 - 2024

Lugoff Elementary School has developed a written Title I parent and family engagement policy with input from Title I parents, community members, teachers, and staff. The school welcomes feedback from our parents and community partners through our PTO, SIC, surveys, and suggestions offered during events. The policy is distributed to parents each year through a variety of outlets including, but not limited to,  the Title I meeting, teacher and school newsletters, posts on our school webpage, Class Dojo, and our social media pages. The policy describes the means for carrying out the following Title I parent and family engagement requirements under the guidelines offered by our district and state. 

The goal of this policy is to: (1) Honor and recognize families' knowledge, (2) Connect family engagement to student learning, (3) Create welcoming, inviting cultures, and (4) Develop the capacity of families to negotiate the roles of supporters, advocates, and collaborators.

Involvement of Parents in the Title I Program

To involve parents and family members in the Title I program at Lugoff Elementary, the following practices have been established: (1) The school convenes an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents of participating children shall be invited to attend and encouraged to attend, to inform parents and family members of their school’s participation in the Title I program and to explain the requirements, and the right of the parents to be involved, (2) The school involves parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s Title I program, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school parent and family engagement policy and the joint development of the schoolwide program plan through feedback at meetings and parent surveys. (3) At parent-teacher conferences, assessment information on student academic progress and grade level standards are shared with parents. Student progress in relation to state and local standards will be explained to parents including the curriculum being used, grade-level expectations for proficiency, data reporting for state and local assessments and available interventions in reading, ELA and mathematics for students needing assistance. 

Building Capacity for Involvement

Lugoff Elementary School engages Title I parents in meaningful interactions with the school. It supports a partnership between the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement through thoughtfully planned literacy activities that not only promote learning, but are fun as well.

Accessibility 

Lugoff Elementary, to the extent practicable, provides opportunities for the informed participation of all parents and family members (including parents and family members with limited English proficiency, parents and family members with disabilities, and parents and family members of migratory students) by providing information and school reports in a format and language that parents understand. 

TITLE I PARENT INVOLVEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES POLICY

Parent Involvement Policy

The school will have a parent involvement policy which is developed with parents of participating children and distributed to parents of participating children. This parent involvement policy describes how parents can become involved in the school.

Annual Parent Meeting

The school will hold an annual parent meeting at which time the Title I program, student selection procedures, and the Title I requirements including the rights of parents to be involved are explained. Parents are to be involved in an organized, ongoing, and timely way in planning,  reviewing, and improving the Title I program.

Regularly Scheduled Meetings

The Title I teacher(s) and school principal will offer regularly scheduled meetings to provide parents of participating children opportunities to develop suggestions, to share experiences with other parents of participating children, and assist in decisions relating to the education of their children. Flexible times for meetings will be arranged to allow parents of participating children opportunities to receive assistance in reviewing and making suggestions for the Title I program. Parents will receive timely information about the school performance profile, their child’s assessment results, and test interpretation. Parents are to receive a description and explanations about the school curriculum, types of assessments used to measure progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.

School-Parent Compact

The Title I teacher(s) and school principal will assist parents of participating children in the development of a School-Parent Compact which describes how the school will provide a quality curriculum and high level of instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enable the children served to meet the State’s student performance standard. The compact will describe the ways parents will support their child’s learning such as monitoring television watching, attendance, and homework completion; volunteering in their child’s classroom; and participating as appropriate in decisions relating to the education of their children and positive use of extracurricular time.

In addition, this compact will address the importance of communication and the partnership between students, teachers, and parents and requires (a) at least one parent teacher conference, (b) frequent progress reports to parents, and (c) reasonable access to school staff with opportunities as a classroom observer and participant. The Title I teacher will keep on file a signed compact for each Title I student.

Building the Capacity for Involvement

Staff materials and training will be provided on the value and usefulness of the contributions of parents. This in-service will instruct all school staff in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents of participating children as equal partners.The school will coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with other school programs and community-based programs, organizations, and businesses that include a role for parents of participating children and a role for community partners.

The school will conduct activities designed to help parents of participating children become full partners in the education of their children including reasonable support for parental involvement requests and accessibility to parents with limited English proficiency and with disabilities. Information and school profiles should be provided in a language and form parents of participating children understand.