PARENTS’ RIGHT TO KNOW
Parents may requests information regarding the professional qualifications of a student’s classroom teachers, including:
• Whether the teacher has met State qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
• Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
• The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
• Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
• Information on the level of achievement of the parent’s child in each of the State academic assessments as required under this part.
Please contact Randy Willis at 386-2066 or Randy Smiley at 386-2358 to answer any questions you may have concerning the qualifications of your child’s teacher.
PARENTS OF CHILDREN WHO ARE ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
We encourage parents of children who are English Language Learners to contact Randy Smiley at 386-2358 with any concerns or ideas about their children or the schools in which they attend. We offer services that can assist you and your child.
PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT POLICY
Florence County School District Five seeks the participation, input, and advice of all Title One Parents with respect to the joint development of the LEA plan and the process of school review and improvement. The coordinator of the Title One project provides oversight, technical assistance, and support to assist schools in their role of developing effective parent and family engagement. A focus is to build the schools and parent’s capacity for strong involvement. The coordinator will also oversee and integrate parent and family engagement in other programs such as Head Start and First Steps.
In an effort to determine the effectiveness of this policy, as to increase parent and family engagement and to overcome the barriers to participation as noted in the law, the coordinator of the Title One project will meet with the School Improvement Council and parents at the Parent Open House. All parents will be invited by sending letters of invitation as well as sending messages to parents’ phones and email addresses. Teachers will also be invited. The meeting will be held on a day and time determined to be the most convenient for the majority of parents. A detailed explanation of the Title One program and its activities will be presented at the meeting. Parents will be given information concerning the school’s progress at the meeting. Information concerning dates of parent teacher conferences will also be shared. Parents having questions concerning the school or their child’s progress are welcome at the school. Parents wishing to meet with teachers or visit classrooms are asked to contact the principal of the school at 843-386 2955. The school parent compact will be reviewed at the meeting to see if changes are needed.
Comments and concerns will be solicited, and findings will be used to design strategies for school improvement and, if necessary, a review of our LEA and school parent and family engagement issues.