• Furman High School
    Title I School - Level Parental Involvement Policy
    2020 - 2021

    Furman High School has developed a written Title I Parental Involvement Policy with input from Title I parents. Parental input was solicited through our School Site Council meetings. We have distributed the policy to parents of Title I students. The school's Title I Parental Involvement Policy is distributed to all parents through our school's enrollment packet that is given to all parents and guardians during student orientations. Furman High School's policy describes the means for carrying out the following Title I Parental Involvement requirements. [Title I Parental Involvement, 20 USC 6318(a)-(f)]

    Involvement of Parents in the Title I Program
    Furman High School conducts the following:

    1. Convenes an annual meeting to inform parents of Title I students that meet Title I requirements and their rights to be involved in the Title I program.
      • An Annual Title I Meeting is held in September or October.
      • Parents are recruited to participate in our School Site Council.
    2. Offers a flexible number of meetings.
      • Meetings are held after school to meet the needs of parents and guardians that work, attend school, or are home-makers. Days are chosen by both administration and SSC members that are most convenient to meet the busy schedules of the members.
    3. Involves parents of Title I students in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of its Title I programs and the Title I Involvement Policy.
      • Parents and guardians are encouraged to participate in our School's Site Council.
      • Flyers are sent home with students announcing our School's Site Council meetings.
    4. Provides parents of Title I students with timely information about Title I programs.
      • Administration provides parents and guardians with the opportunity to learn about Title I program during our Annual Title Meeting.
      • Connect Ed messages and flyers are sent home throughout the school year.
    5. Provide parents of Title I students with an explanation of the curriculum, assessments, and proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
      • Staff reviews their Subsidiary Agreements, lesson expectations and curriculum with parent and guardians during our Back to School Night.
      • Administration and/or counselor meet with students and parents during student orientation to explain the importance and value of the CAHSEE.
      • CST results are mailed out by the District Office.
    6. Provide parents of Title I students, if requested, with opportunities for regular meetings to participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.
      • Our staff encourages parents and guardians to participate in their student(s) education. Step Letters are sent to parents and guardians regarding student absences and academic performance. Step letters are also mailed to parents and guardians.
      • Parents are recruited to participate in the School Site Council.

    ** The policy must be updated periodically to meet changing needs of parents and the school. If the school has a process for involving parents in planning and designing the school's programs, the school may use that process if it includes adequate representation of parents of Title 1 children. [20 USC 6318(c) (3)]

    School-Parent Compact
    Furman High School has jointly developed with and distributed to parents of Title I students a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement. It also describes how the school and parents will develop a partnership to help children reach proficiency on the California content standards. The school-parent compact describes the following items in addition to items added by parents of Title I students:

    1. The school's responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction
    2. The parents' responsibility to support their children's learning
    3. The importance of ongoing communication between parents and teachers through, at least, annual conferences, reports on student progress, access to staff, and opportunities to volunteer and participate in and observe the educational program
      • Parents are provided with the opportunity to participate in School's Site Council to discuss issues that are important to their student's education.
      • Parents complete a Student Home Compact during their student's orientation. The Student Home Compact is then given to the student's Master Teacher, who reviews the compact with the student. A copy is provided to the student to take home to his/her parent/guardian.

    Building Capacity for Involvement
    Furman High School engages Title I parents in meaningful interactions with the school. It supports a partnership among staff, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement. To help reach these goals, the school does the following:

    1. Assists Title I parents in understanding academic content standards, assessments, and how to monitor and improve the achievement of their children.
      • Administration meets with parents during orientation to discuss curriculum, school-wide expectation and the important of assessments.
      • Upon request or need, administration meets with parents to discuss their student's academic status and goals.
      • Letters are mailed to inform parents/guardians on their child's individual student assessment results and the methods available for the monitoring of student progress.
    2. Provides materials and training to help Title I parents work with their children to improve their children's achievement.
      • Through phone calls and emails, staff provides parents/guardians with techniques and strategies that they may use to improve their children's academic success and help their children in learning at home. Upon request or need, on-site training opportunities are also provided.
      • Educates staff, with the assistance of Title I parents, in the value of parent contributions and how to work with parents as equal partners.
      • Staff and parents are encouraged to participate in the School Site Council.
      • Meetings are held with administration, staff, and parents to discuss strategies that will assist their students to become more successful in school and to review the important roles that each play in our students' education.
    3. Coordinates and integrates the Title I Parental Involvement Program with other programs and conducts other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children.
      • Administration and teachers encourage parents/guardians to serve as volunteers in the schools, attend student performances and school meetings, and participate in site councils, advisory councils, and other activities in which they may undertake advisory and advocacy roles.
    4. Distributes to Title I parents information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities in a form and language that the parents understand.
      • Documentation is provided in both English and Spanish and other languages upon request.
      • A bilingual secretary and principal are able to provide translation in Spanish.
    5. Provides support for parental involvement activities requested by Title I parents.
      • Teacher meetings, administrative meetings, and School Site Council meetings provide parents/guardians opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions, share experiences with other parents, and participate as appropriate in decisions relating to the education of their children.

    Furman High School provides opportunities for all Title I parents to participate, including parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory students. This includes providing information and school reports in a form and language parents understand.

    • Provide interpreters and translations, when necessary or upon request, in order to encourage the participation of parents/guardians with cultural, language, or other barriers which may inhibit such participation.
    • Communication is sent home in English and Spanish.

    Parent Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs)
    PIRCs are funded by the US Department of Education. They provide both local and statewide services. California has two PIRCs: PIRCI, Project Inspire at the California Association of Bilingual Education, Covina, CA and PIRC2, Cal-PIRC at Cambridge Academies, Modesto, CA.

    PIRCI, Project Inspire is the result of a partnership among the California Association for Bilingual Education, the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, and the Alameda County Office of Education. Project Inspire provides parent training workshops and will be funded through 2011. A list of workshop topics and a brochure in English and Spanish that describes services are available at:
    are available in multiple languages.

    PIRC2, Cal-PIRC has established three Parent Information and Resource Center hubs in Northern and Central California. Cal-PIRC provides direct services to parents and schools in selected communities within Merced and Stanislaus Counties, and West Sacramento areas. It also provides support throughout the state through conferences, workshops, and a web site. Cal-PIRC will be funded through 2011. Whenever available, resources are posted in English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, and Hmong.

    Name________________________________________ Grade_______ Date______________

    Furman High School
    "Every Child, Every Day, Whatever it Takes"
    Three-Way School Pledge

    Teacher Section
    I understand the importance of the school experience to every student and my role as an educator and model. Therefore, I agree to carry out the following responsibilities to the best of my ability:

    • Teach a rigorous, relevant standard based instruction in every classroom, every day to ensure student learning.
    • Strive to address the individual needs of your student
    • Regularly communicate with you regarding your student's progress
    • Provide a safe, positive and healthy learning environment for your student
    • Be accessible to parents to support their student's success in school
    • Communicate with parents on a regular basis regarding academics and discipline issues

    Teacher's Signature____________________________________ Date________________

    Student Section
    I realize that my education is important. I know I am the one responsible for my own success. Therefore, I agree to carry out the following responsibilities to the best of my ability:

    • Be prepared to learn
    • Get to class on time every day
    • Take all communication home to my parent(s) / guardian
    • Complete all my assignments on time
    • Be responsible for my own behavior
    • Be respectful
    • Be a cooperative learner, a good listener, and actively participate in all my classroom assignments
    • Ask for help when needed

    Student Name - Print____________________________________

    Student's Signature ___________________________________ Date_________________

    Parent/Guardian Section
    I understand that my participation in my student's education will help his/her achievement and attitude. Therefore, I will continue to carry out the following responsibilities to the best of my ability:

    • Get my student to school on time every day
    • Provide a quiet place/time for my student to complete homework
    • Review all school communications
    • Attend Back to School Night, Award Programs, and other school events
    • Make sure my student gets adequate sleep and has a healthy diet
    • Support the school's discipline, dress code, and attendance policies
    • Communicate with the school on a regular basis regarding academics, discipline issues, and absences

    Parent's Signature_____________________________________ Date_________________