Dear Parents

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Laurens County Schools are continually looking to improve ways to engage parents in our programs and schools. Your input is vital in the planning and implementation of the parent and family engagement program and activities in our schools. The focus of all Title I programs is to help eligible students meet the same high academic achievement standards expected of all children, regardless of their socioeconomic status and background. The following survey is confidential and will be used to assist us with future planning for parent engagement activities and events at our schools. We appreciate your feedback, and thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

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* 1. What elementary school does your child attend?

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* 2. What grade level is your child(ren)?

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* 3. How well do you feel your child's school provides parents and family members with opportunities to share feedback and ideas regarding the school's parent and family engagement plan?

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* 4. At the beginning of the school year, all parents were asked to sign a school-parent compact outlining the responsibilities of both the school and parents in providing the best academic experience for your child. What do you believe should be the academic focus for the education of your child on next year's compact? (Think of your child's academic weaknesses.) 

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* 5. How would you like to see the parent and family engagement funds used at your child's school? (Check all that apply.)

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* 6. What training do you think teachers and other school staff should have related to engaging parents? (Check all that apply.)

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* 7. What topics should teachers and school staff be trained in to engage parents in the academic success of their child? (Check all that apply.)

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* 8. In the past year, how often did you attend a parent meeting or event to help you work with your child to do better in school?

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* 9. If you did attend a parent meeting or event focused on helping your child improve academically, name the ones that were most helpful.

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* 10. What ways can the school help you work with your child to do better in school?

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* 11. How often do you meet in person with your child's teacher?

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* 12. What would help you participate more in decision making and the overall academic achievement in your child's school?

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* 13. Have you been given opportunities to provide input into school decisions?

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* 14. How well does the school encourage you to play a role in the school improvement planning process?

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* 15. How well does school leadership foster an environment in which staff, parents, and the community work together to improve student achievement?

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* 16. Did you participate in any of the following decision-making opportunities requiring parental input and partnership?

  Yes, I participated No, I did not participate I was not informed I do not know
Parent and Family Engagement activities
Parental and Family Engagement plan
Use of Parent and Family Engagement Funds
School-Parent Compact
Staff Capacity (Trainings for teachers on improving parent engagement)
School Improvement Plan
1/2 Day Parent Conferences

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* 17. What subject area do you believe should be the focus on our school's School Improvement Plan for FY20?

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* 18. How often does your child's teacher communicate with you about your child's progress?

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* 19. How would you prefer to receive information from your child's school? (Check all that apply.)

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* 20. Indicate your awareness of what your child is expected to know in each subject area.

  A Great deal A lot A moderate amount A little None at all
Reading
Writing
Grammar
Math
Science
Social Studies

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* 21. What type of informational programs would you like the school to provide for parents? (Check all that apply.)

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* 22. Please indicate whether you received the following information from your child's school?

  Received and very helpful Received, but not helpful Definitely did not receive Uncertain
Information about what the school teaches your child
Information on the Georgia Milestones Assessments
Information on how your child scored on the Georgia Milestones Assessments
What a score on the Georgia Milestones Assessment means
How to keep track of your child's progress
Information used to determine whether your child moves to the next grade or repeats the same grade
How you can work with teachers to help your child in school
Monthly newsletters on strategies to improve your child's reading ability

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* 23. How often have you participated in classroom activities with your child during the school day?

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* 24. Are you aware of the opportunities to volunteer at your child's school?

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* 25. Which of the following would enable you to participate in parent meetings and school activities? (Check all that apply.)

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* 26. For each of the activities listed below, please provide us with your feedback by checking the answer that best describes your opinion.

  School did not offer or did not attend Not Valuable Little Value Rather Valuable  Very Valuable
Open House Night
Literacy Night
Math Night
 1/2 Day Parent-Teacher Conferences
Annual Title I Parent Meeting

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* 27. What ways can the school help parents to be involved in school activities and programs?

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* 28. (OPTIONAL) Please provide your contact information if you would like for the school to follow up with you about any feedback provided or ways to get you more involved in the school as indicated on the surveys. 

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