Parents Right to Know - Teacher Qualifications As a parent of a student in Webster County Schools, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teachers and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner if you ask for it. Specifically, you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers: *Whether the West Virginia Department of Education has licensed or qualified the teacher for the grades and subjects he or she teaches.
Whether the West Virginia Department of Education has decided that the teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of special circumstances.
The teacher’s college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees.
Whether any teachers’ aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications.
If you would like to receive any of this information, please call Allison Pyle at 304-847-5638 ext. 2204.
The Title I program provides financial assistance through the West Virginia Department of Education to local educational agencies (LEAs) and public schools with high numbers or percentages of children living in poverty to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic achievement standards.
Webster County follows the School-wide program for Title I services.
Comprehensive needs assessment: The school must identify areas of greatest need.
School-wide reform strategies to include those that:
Strengthen the core academic program
Increase the amount and quality of learning time
Develop strategies for meeting the needs of underserved populations
Address needs of all students, but particularly low-achieving students
Professional learning for teachers
Parent Involvement Strategies
Title II provides funding to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping recruit, prepare, and retain highly qualified educators and principals.
Title II, Part A services are for improving knowledge in core academic subjects and effective instructional teaching strategies.
Webster County Schools utilize Title II funds to provide training in:
Effectively integrating technology
Teaching students with different needs and disabilities
Methods of improving student behavior, identifying early interventions, and involving parents
Leadership development and management
Use of data and assessments to improve instruction and student outcomes.
Title III helps ensure that English learners, including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic achievement and assist teachers (including preschool teachers), administrators, and other school leaders in developing and enhancing their capacity to provide effective instructional programs.
Title III also continues to promote parental, family, and community participation in language instruction educational programs for the parents, families, and communities of English learners. While accountability for the progress of English learners has been folded into Title I, along with all other student subgroups, Title III still remains the dedicated formula funding to states to improve the education of English learners and immigrant youth to learn English and meet challenging state academic standards and to implement effective language instruction programs.
Title IV is intended to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the capacity to (1) provide all students with access to a well-rounded education, (2) improve school conditions for student learning, and (3) improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.
Priority 1: Provide all students with access to a well-rounded education
Activities may include:
College and career guidance and counseling programs
Music and arts education
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
Accelerated learning programs
American history, civics, economics, geography, and government education
Volunteerism and community involvement
Priority 2: Improve school conditions for student learning.
Activities may be conducted in partnership with an institution of higher education, business, nonprofit organization, community-based organization, or other public or private entity with a demonstrated record of success in implementing activities described in the statute and may include:
Trauma-informed practices in classroom management
Crisis management and conflict resolution
Prevention of human trafficking
School-based violence prevention strategies
Drug abuse prevention
Bullying and harassment prevention
Child sexual abuse awareness and prevention
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
Priority 3: Improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.
Activities may include:
Promoting professional learning for educators
Building technological capacity and infrastructure
Developing or using effective or innovative strategies for the delivery of academic content through the use of technology
Providing students in rural, remote, and underserved areas expanded access to educational opportunities through the use of technology
Title V-RLIS (Rural and Low-Income Schools) program is to provide rural districts with financial assistance for initiatives aimed at improving student achievement. Activities allowable under Title V-RLIS can be used to support parent and family engagement or activities allowable under TItle I, part-A, Title II, part-A, Title III, and Title IV.
PARENT COMPACT & PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY
Webster County Schools and the parents of the students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (participating children), agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards. This school-parent compact is in effect during the school year 2021-2022.
Webster County Schools will:
Provide a high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards as follows:
WCS will provide high-quality instruction by certified teachers and utilize the curriculum provided through the West Virginia College and Career Readiness Standards.
Hold parent-teacher conferences (at least annually) during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement.
WCS will hold an annual parent meeting. In addition, the LSIC will review the Parent Compact annually. 3. Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress. Specifically, the school will provide reports as follows: Student reports will be sent home every nine weeks.
Student reports are available on LiveGrades throughout the year.
Provide parents reasonable access to staff. Specifically, staff will be available for consultation with parents as follows:
Parent-Teacher Meetings will be held throughout the school year. Parents may make appointments with the teachers during the school year. A Back to School night will be held in August. Parent Conferences will be held every nine weeks after report cards are distributed.
Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and to observe classroom activities, as follows:
Parents are welcome to visit WCS. The principal, teachers, and parents will work together to ensure the success of each student at WCS.
Parent Responsibilities We, as parents, will support our children’s learning in the following ways:
Parents will support their children’s learning by:
Making sure that homework is completed.
Monitoring the amount of television their children watch.
Volunteering in my child’s classroom.
Participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to my children’s education.
Promoting positive use of my child’s extracurricular time.
Staying informed about my child’s education and communicating with the school by promptly reading all notices from the school or the school district either received by my child or by mail and responding, as appropriate.
Serving, to the extent possible, on policy advisory groups, such as being the Title I, Part A parent representative on the school’s School Improvement Team, the Title I Policy Advisory Committee, the District-wide Policy Advisory Council, the State’s Committee of Practitioners, the School Support Team or other school advisory or policy groups.
We, as students, will share the responsibility to improve our academic achievement and achieve the State’s high standards. Specifically, we will:
Students will support their academic achievement, such as:
Do my homework every day and ask for help when I need to.
Read at least 30 minutes every day outside of school time.
Give to my parents or the adult who is responsible for my welfare all notices and information received by me from my school every day.
Webster County Schools School Parent Involvement Policy
Webster County Schools (WCS) shall take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development and review of its school parental involvement policy under section 1118 of the ESEA:
Parents will have input into the development and review of the parent compact through the annual parent meeting and the LSIC.
WCS shall take the following actions to involve parents in the process of planning, joint development of the program, review, and improvement of programs under Title I Part A of the ESEA :
Parents are included in the development of the Title I Schoolwide project for Webster County Schools through the annual Title I Parent Meeting. Input from parents will also be sought during the school year through the LSIC. A parent survey will be conducted and used in planning the program for the next year.
WCS shall hold an annual meeting to inform parents of the school’s participation in Title I, Part A programs, and to explain the Title I, Part A requirements and the right of parents to be involved in Title I, Part A programs. The school will invite all parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs to this meeting.
The annual parent meeting for WCS is held in the spring of each year. The Title I Parent Coordinator invites all parents to attend. A phone call is placed through School Messenger to parents to remind them of the meeting date.
WCS shall provide parents of participating children information in a timely manner about Title I, Part A programs that include a description and explanation of the school’s curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure children’s progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
A school handbook is distributed to each child at the beginning of the school year. Information on assessment and proficiency levels is distributed each year.
WCS shall, at the request of parents, provide opportunities for regular meetings, held at flexible times, for parents to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions about the education of their children. The school will respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible by:
Calling the parent, putting the parent in contact with Parent Outreach Provider, or meeting with the parent as appropriate.
WCS shall provide each parent an individual student report about the performance of their child on the State assessment in at least math, language arts, and reading by:
Holding a parent night to distribute Assessment Results; sending by email or other means the assessment reports to parents unable to attend the meetings
WCS shall provide assistance to parents of children served by the school, as appropriate, in understanding topics by undertaking the actions described below --
The state’s academic content standards.
The state’s student academic achievement standards.
The state and local academic assessments including alternate assessments
The requirements of Title I Part A
How to monitor their child’s progress
How to work with educators
Parent information sessions conducted by the staff and Parent Outreach Provider will be held throughout the county.
WCS shall provide materials and training to help parents work with their children in the areas of improving student achievement, (including literacy training and using technology) child development, child-rearing, and additional topics parents may request.
A survey of parent needs is conducted. Parent sessions and workshops are held based on the parent's requests.
WCS shall, with the assistance of its parents, educate its teachers, pupil services personnel, principals, and other staff in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools, by:
“Working with Parents” workshop for teachers and other meetings with the Parent Outreach Provider will discuss parent engagement and ways to encourage greater parent involvement.
WCS shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with collaborative partners such as the FRN and GEAR UP. The school will also conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children, by:
The Parent Outreach Provider will survey parents about activities. All programs located at WCS will be part of the regular school meetings. Updates will be available for all faculty.
WCS shall take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand:
Student Planner; notes to parent; school messenger phone calls; newsletters; school and county webpages.
Webster County Board of Education