EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA) AND “RIGHT TO KNOW” NOTIFICATION

Important Information for Parents

In December 2015, the United States Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a legislation package that updated a number of important notification opportunities and requirements for parents or guardians of students enrolled in a school that receives federal funds under Title I, Part A of the act.

If you are a parent or guardian of a student enrolled in a school receiving Title I funds, you have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your student’s teacher(s) and/or paraprofessional(s). If you wish to do so, please submit a written request for this information to your school’s principal. Submitted requests will receive a written response within ten (10) school days from the date of receipt.

Information provided under this process is intended to strengthen the open and transparent communication established between our schools and the students, parents, and communities they serve.

Title I School Information

Every Title IA school in the Salem-Keizer School District is required to provide the following opportunities for families to authentically engage and be involved in their student’s school:

ANNUAL MEETING

Every Title IA school hosts an Annual Meeting for families to learn about the school’s Title IA programs and requirements. Families will have opportunities to review and provide feedback in the following areas:

  • Title IA School Status and Requirements
  • Rights of Title IA Parents
  • School Data

SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT

Every school reviews the School-Parent Compact with parents annually. Each year the compact is distributed typically during the Fall Parent-Teacher Conference. Compacts are available on the school’s website and in the school office all year for parents.

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Throughout the school year, Title IA schools provide multiple and varied opportunities and trainings for parents to continue to build their capacity to support their child in their school journey. Many schools have monthly parent meetings to discuss and solicit input on important decisions at the school.

The Salem-Keizer School District also provides a Title IA Parent Advisory Committee that meets periodically to provide families an opportunity to provide input, ask questions and receive updates on district and school policies. This includes the District Parent Involvement Plan.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT PLAN

Annually, each school reviews and updates the Parent Involvement Plan to reflect the needs of families and students attending school. Each year Parent Involvement Plans are distributed to families typically during the Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences. Plans are available in the school office and on the school’s web page all year