Ms. Tami Kaaz ~ Title 1
TITLE 1 PROGRAM ~ Bowdle School District
Sec. 1114 - SCHOOLWIDE PROGRAMS
A local educational agency may use Title I funds, in combination with other Federal, State and local funds, in order to upgrade the entire educational program in a school that has 40 percent or greater low income.
South Dakota's School-wide Programs provide services that enable all children in the buildings to meet high standards. School-wide programs are implemented after one year of planning with assistance from the SEA and our state's Title I School Support Team.
Title I Annual Parent Meeting in a School-wide Setting
Each year, Title I programs are required to host a meeting for parents to explain what the Title I program is and how parents can become involved in the Title I program. At this meeting, the following issues must be addressed:
> Explain their school's participation in Title I
> Explain the Title I requirements
> Explain what participation in Title I programming means, including:
~ A description and explanation of the school's curriculum;
~ Information on the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress; and
~ Information on the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
> Explain the district parental involvement policy, school parental involvement policy, and school-parent compact.
> Explain what the school-wide program is and how the school-wide plan will be assessed for effectiveness.
> Explain the right of parents to become involved in the school's programs and ways to do so.
> Explain that parents have the right to request opportunities for regular meetings for parents to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions about the education of their children. The school must respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible.
In order to keep parents informed, schools must invite all parents of children participating in Title I Part A programs and encourage them to attend. In a school-wide program, this means ALL parents should be invited. Schools must also offer a flexible number of additional parental involvement meetings, such as in the morning or evening so that as many parents as possible are able to attend.
No student shall, on the basis of race, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, or handicap be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program, service, activity, employment, or policy, except where pre-requisites or other requirements have been established in complying with the requirements of state and federal laws concerning non-discrimination and will strive by its action to enhance the dignity of all persons. Suspected discrimination may be reported to Mr. Hector Serna, local Title IX and Section 504 compliance coordinator at PO Box 563, Bowdle, SD 57428, or by phone 605-285-6272. Referrals may also be directed to the Regional Director, Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, 1961 Stout Street, Denver, CO 80294.