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Parent Involvement Framework

2023-2024 Kershaw County School District
Parent Involvement Framework

Kershaw County School District encourages, supports, and values the participation and
involvement of parents and families in the educational experiences of their children.
District recognizes all *parents as their children’s first teachers and acknowledges the powerful
influence of parents on their children’s lives. The District, therefore, is committed to developing
family-friendly schools, offices, and programs to welcome and serve parents and families in
positive and supportive environments.

Parents are involved in the development of the Kershaw County School District (serving as
the Lead Education Agency or LEA) plan and the process of school review and improvement by
being part of a planning team that develops an overall Parent Involvement Policy. This Parent
Involvement Policy is distributed to all parents with children participating in Title I schools and
to the community at large. An annual evaluation of parent involvement is conducted. Title I
federal funding is used at high-poverty schools to improve teaching and learning.

Parents are involved in decision- and policy-making via opportunities to serve on School
Improvement Councils and Parent-Teacher Organizations as well as by completing parent
surveys, previewing strategic plans at each school, and/or serving as mentors or through other
volunteer efforts. Schools provide many parent activities during the year, regarding Technology,
Literacy, Math/Science, STEAM, Fine Arts, Testing, Cultural Celebrations, academic seminars,
and other student performance/academic presentations. Efforts to increase parental involvement
also include annual conferences to accommodate varied family schedules. In addition, an annual
meeting (Back to School Night) for parents/families is held to provide information on legislative
updates, instructional programs, and the desired outcomes for students of Title I Targeted
Assistance schools, schools receiving special assistance to meet academic standards.

Parenting Programs serve and join together with other programs by inviting parents to attend
classes, Adult Education classes, workshops, and seminars offered by the District and/or state.
Additional efforts are made to work with other community programs to provide information and
assistance regarding Title I Targeted Assistance programs.

District Office staff provide technical assistance, coordination, and support to schools. To aid
these schools, District Office staff are available to help write federal grants, assist in
procurement, attend school improvement/renewal team meetings, and assist the schools in
implementing effective parent involvement activities for all parents, including parents with
limited English proficiency, and Parent-Teacher organization meetings. Additional district
responsibilities include assisting in any area requested to bring about school improvement and
increase parental involvement. The District assists each school in the development of a
school-level Parent Involvement Policy. District Office staff also see that state and federal
guidelines are followed.

The schools and parents build the capacity for strong parental involvement by entering into
School-Parent-Compacts with staff and families of students attending Title I schools. Compacts
are signed by the principal, teacher, parent, and student.

Regarding funding, the District reserves not less than one percent (1%) of the total Title I
allocation to support parental involvement including family and parent literacy skills. In addition,
each school reserves at least 5% of its Title I allocation for funding previously mentioned parent
activities. All of our nine (9) Title I elementary schools and four (4) middle schools continually
monitor the implementation of their Title I plans and welcome input from parents, school staff,
and community members regarding their current and future Title I plans.

If you would like to serve on your school’s planning team or make comments about the plan,
please contact the principal at the school.

The Kershaw County School District welcomes input and suggestions from our community and our parents
concerning Title I programs and funding. We seek input from parents and community members as we work to make
this a document that reflects the climate and needs of our community.

Please forward your comments or suggestions to Mr. Dan Matthews, Chief Academic Of icer, Kershaw County
School District, 2029 West DeKalb Street, Camden, SC, 29020; fax to (803) 425-8918; email him at or drop your suggestions by the district of ice to Mr. Matthews’s attention.

*Parent is defined as the legal parent, guardian, or caregiver of any student attending Kershaw County Schools.