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LEMS School-Level Parent and Family Engagement Policy

Lugoff-Elgin Middle School has developed a written Title I parent and family engagement policy with input from Title I parents, community members, teachers, and staff. The school welcomes feedback from our parents and community partners through our PTO, SIC, surveys, and suggestions offered during events. The policy is distributed to parents each year through a variety of outlets including, but not limited to, the Title I meeting, teacher and school newsletters, posts on our school webpage, and our social media pages. The policy describes the means for carrying out the following Title I parent and family engagement requirements under the guidelines offered by our district and state.
The goal of this policy is to: (1) Honor and recognize families' knowledge, (2) Connect family engagement to student learning, (3) Create welcoming, inviting cultures, and (4) Develop the capacity of families to negotiate the roles of supporters, advocates, and collaborators.
Involvement of Parents in the Title I Program
To involve parents and family members in the Title I program at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School, the following practices have been established: (1) The school convenes an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents of participating children shall be invited to attend and encouraged to attend, to inform parents and family members of their school’s participation in the Title I program and to explain the requirements, and the right of the parents to be involved, (2) The school involves parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s Title I program, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school parent and family engagement policy and the joint development of the schoolwide program plan through feedback at meetings and parent surveys. (3) At parent-teacher conferences, assessment information on student academic progress and grade level standards are shared with parents. Student progress in relation to state and local standards will be explained to parents including the curriculum being used, grade-level expectations for proficiency, data reporting for state and local assessments, and available interventions in reading, ELA and mathematics for students needing assistance.

**It is the goal of Lugoff-Elgin Middle school to return parent communication within 24 business hours.

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