E1. School-Community Relations

  • Title I, Part A: Parental Involvement Policy [1]

    Policy Code: E1

    First Reading:  June 20, 2017
    Second Reading:  August 15, 2017
    Adopted:  August 15, 2017

    The Essex Westford Educational Community Unified Union School District (EWECUUSD)[2]  affirms that the involvement of parents and guardians is essential if the school system and the community are to work together effectively to improve the quality of education for students. Such involvement is also mandated by Title I Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  Procedures designed to involve and support parents of students receiving services, or enrolled in programs, under Title I, Part A shall be described in compacts at the district and school levels.[3]


    Parent: Includes a legal guardian or other person standing in loco parentis (such as a grandparent or stepparent with whom the child lives, or a person who is legally responsible for the child’s welfare).[4]

    The superintendent or his or her designee shall ensure that each school receiving Title I funds comply with federal requirements related to Parental Involvement and the development of a School level Title I Compact.

    Parental Involvement:  Each school receiving Title I funds shall convene an annual meeting to inform parents of Title I students about Title I requirements and about the right of parents to be involved in the Title I, Part A program.

    School Level Parental Involvement Compact.[5]

    Each school receiving Title I funds shall develop a School-Level Parental Involvement Compact in accord with Title I, Part A requirements.  The School- Level Parental Involvement Compact shall include: (1) a process for continually involving parents in its development and implementation, (2) how parents, the entire school staff and students share the responsibility for improved academic achievement, (3) the means by which the school and parents build and develop a partnership to help students achieve the State’s standards, and (4) other provisions as required by law.  Each principal or designee shall ensure that the compact is distributed to parents of students receiving services, or enrolled in programs under Title I, Part A.

    Legal Reference(s):

    Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) 20 USC §6318.


    16 V.S.A. §144b.  Definition of “LEA” for purposes of compliance to Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

    [1] This policy is mandatory for LEAs and schools that receive Title I, Part A funds.  20 U.S.C. §6318(a)


    [2] 16 V.S.A. §144b(c) makes school districts LEAs for purposes of complying with the sections of federal law that apply to this policy.

    [3] See footnotes 4 and 5 below for an explanation of the use of the term “compact” in this model policy.

    [4] Source:  20 USC §7801(31). ESEA definition of “parent.”

    [5] See, 20 USC §6318(b) requiring each school served under Title I, Part A to  “develop jointly with, and distribute to, parents of participating children a written parent involvement policy, agreed on by such parents, that shall describe the means for carrying out the requirements of subsections (c) through (f).” In addition Section 6318(d) requires Title I schools to develop, “as a component of the school-level policy,” a school-parent compact.  The compact must be jointly developed with parents of children served under Title I, Part A, and must include certain components.