• Woodward’s Parent and Family Engagement Policy


    Policy Involvement

    Woodward Career Academy shall:

    1. Convene an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents of participating children shall be invited and encouraged to attend, to inform parents of their school’s participation in Title I. A, and to explain the requirements of Title I. A, and the rights of parents to be involved.
    2. Offer a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may provide with Title I.A funds transportation, childcare or home visits as such services relate to parental involvement.
    3. Involve parents, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs under Title I.A, including the school parent involvement policy and the joint development of the school-wide program plan.
    4. Provide parents of participating children:     

    a) timely information about Title I.A programs

    b) a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress and the achievement levels of the MAP assessment.

    c) opportunities, as appropriate, to participate in decisions relating to the education of their children

    d) responses to suggestions in a timely manner; and,

    1. If requested by parents:

    a) provide opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions, and

    b) include comments from parents of participating children who find any aspect of the school-wide plan unsatisfactory when it is submitted to the district 



    Shared Responsibilties for High Student Academic Achievement

    As a component of the school-level Title I.A parent and family engagement policy, each school participating in Title I.A must jointly develop with parents of participating children a school-parent compact.  The compact will outline of how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improving student achievement and describe how the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the Missouri Learning Standards (MLS).


    The School-Parent Compact must:

    1. Describe the school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the children serviced under this part to meet the MLS, and the way in which each parent will be responsible for supporting their child’s learning, such as monitoring attendance, homework completion, and television watching; volunteering in their child’s classroom; and participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their child and positive use of extracurricular time; and
    2. Address the importance of communication between teachers and parents on an ongoing basis through, at a minimum:

    a) parent-teacher conferences in elementary schools, at least annually, during which the compact shall be discussed as the compact relates to the individual child’s achievement

    b) frequent reports to parents on their child’s progress

    c) reasonable access to staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and observation of classroom activities

    d) Ensuring regular two-way, meaningful communication between family members and school staff and, to the extent practicable, in a language the family members can understand.








    Building Capacity for Involvement

    To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership with the Title I.A school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, each district and participating school must:

    1. provide assistance to parents of children served by the school or district with such topics as: understanding the MLS, the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test and local assessments, understanding how to improve the performance of their child.
    2. provide parents with the training and materials necessary to improve their (including education about the harms of copyright piracy), as appropriate to foster parental involvement.
    3. educate, with parental assistance, all school personnel in valuing parent contributions; how to reach out to, communicate with and work with programs, and building ties between home and school.
    4. coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities such as parent resource centers, to encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their child.
    5. ensure information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of Title I.A children in a format and to the extent practicable, in a language parents can understand; and,
    6. provide other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request.



    The district and participating school may:

    1. Involve parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of such training.
    2. Provide necessary literacy training with Title I.A funds if the local educational agency has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for such training.
    3. Pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with local parental involvement activities, including transportation and childcare costs, enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions.
    4. Train parents to enhance the involvement of other parents.
    5. Arrange school meetings at a variety of times, or conduct in-home conferences between teachers or other educators, who work directly with participating children, with parents who are unable to attend such conferences at school, in order to maximize parental involvement and participation.
    6. Adopt and implement model approaches to improving parental involvement.
    7. Establish a district-wide Parent Advisory Council (PAC) to provide advice on all matters related to parent involvement in Title I.A programs.
    8. Develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and

    businesses in parent involvement activities.

    1. Develop and maintain clear virtual learning expectation approved by

    SLPS District Office, either due to parents’ choice or inclement weather in which the same learning rules & expectation apply.




    Date:  Monday, August 21, 2023

    Principal:  Dr. Carla F. Cunigan