Learning Assistance Program (LAP)

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Green Mountain
2016-17
Parent Involvement Plan

(CKSD School Board policy, 4130)


•Welcoming School Climate

•Ensure a welcoming environment so that a parent is greeted with respect upon entering the school and at all points of contact thereafter. Each family is greeted with a smile and as a member of our Grizzly Family!

•Focus on family strengths and common goals when working with parents and students in areas of concern related to academics, discipline, and attendance.

•Have access to and utilize a resource list of community contacts who can communicate effectively with parents from diverse cultural, ethnic, and language groups.

•Interpreters for limited English speaking and deaf/hard-of-hearing parents will be provided as requested.

•Parent involvement in developing and reviewing the plan

•An annual spring meeting will be held to evaluate and revise the Parent Involvement Plan. This meeting will include: the Principal, Learning Specialist, Reading Intervention teacher, paraprofessionals, teachers, and parents. Parents will be invited to this meeting. Childcare and refreshments will be provided.

•The LAP program is a significant part of our School Improvement Plan (SIP). Planning for the SIP takes place each year within our shared decision making team (M&M). The team includes teachers, paraprofessionals, the principal, and parent representation. The team also conducts an annual review in August or September of the SIP that includes our intervention plan. The SIP can be accessed for review on our school website.

•If parents have concerns about the LAP program, they are encouraged to talk with the principal. LAP Complaint Procedures are outlined in Chapter 392-168 of the Washington Administrative Code. This can be found at
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=392-168

•Sharing LAP information with parents

•Parents are invited to attend a intervention open house in the fall regarding intervention information and review the plan for the upcoming school year. Intervention staff and the principal will be available to answer questions. Attendance has been at its greatest when the open house is done in conjunction with an all building function, such as: Back to School BBQ, Curriculum Night/Open House, Barn Dance, Circus, concerts, etc.

•During fall conferences parents are invited to ask questions about the program as the intervention model is shared and student progress is noted. Dialogue is held about parents’ hopes and aspirations for their child, their sense of what their children need, and suggestions about ways teacher/staff can help. Parents will receive a Title I School-Parent Compact at this time and have an opportunity to give input on school, parent, and student strategies. Dialogue is held about parents’ hopes and aspirations for their child, their sense of what their children need, and suggestions about ways teacher/staff can help.

•A copy of the building’s Parent Involvement Plan is provided to parents in the fall, as well as available through Green Mountain’s web site. Parents are welcome to review the plan at any time by accessing the school’s web site or by requesting a written copy.

•Providing parents with information throughout the year

•Parents are informed when a student is invited to participate in a school intervention in writing, as soon as a student is invited to participate. Parents are informed of the intervention model for the building and curriculum options for the student. The classroom teacher will share progress with parents, as needed, based on ongoing assessments.

•Information about curriculum, assessments, and programs is provided throughout the year through newsletters, conferences, meetings, and also posted on the school website and through e-news.

•Effective parent involvement to improve achievement

•Parents are welcome to request meetings, provide suggestions, and participate in their child’s education throughout the year. There are many ways to do this including conferences with the classroom teacher, Student Success Team meetings, and discussions with the intervention staff. Staff is willing to work with parents to assist in the success of the student. Staff will communicate with parents meaningful ways to support their student’s learning at home. We welcome suggestions and requests.

•Our Student Success Team is set up to meet weekly. Students can be referred by any staff member as well as by parents who have concerns about a child’s achievement in school. This is a team effort involving the parent, Learning Specialist, School Psychologist, Principal, classroom teacher, Reading Intervention teacher, Speech and any other staff with whom the child works or might provide professional input. As a team we discuss strengths, concerns, and strategies. Interventions may be put in place to better assist the teacher, child and parents.