Federal Programs

Parent and Family Engagement Plan

Blue Ridge School is committed to helping our parents and families. Please call or email if you ever have questions or concerns:

Mrs. Christine Long

(706) 876-4100 or christine.long@dalton.k12.ga.us

What is Title I?

Blue Ridge School is identified as a Title I school as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Title I is designed to support state and local school reform efforts tied to the challenging state academic standards to improve teaching and learning for students. Title I programs must be based on effective means of improving student achievement and include strategies to support family engagement. All Title I schools must jointly develop, with parents and family members, a written parent and family engagement policy.

What is the School Plan for Shared Student Achievement?

This is a plan that describes how Blue Ridge School will provide opportunities to improve family engagement to support student learning. Blue Ridge School values the contributions and involvement of parents and family members to establish an equal partnership for the common goal of improving student achievement. This plan describes the different ways that Blue Ridge School will support family engagement and how parents can help plan and participate in activities and events to promote student learning at school and at home.

How is it revised?

Blue Ridge School invites all parents to attend our annual Title I Meeting in December to review and revise this parent and family engagement policy, as well as the school wide plan, our school-parent compact, and the family engagement budget. Additionally, parent input and comments regarding this plan are welcome during the school year through written form turned in to the main office. The plan is posted on our school website for parents to view and submit feedback throughout the year. All parent feedback received during the year will be used to revise the plan for the next school year. Parents and family members can also give feedback during PTO meetings, Family Nights, and School Council meetings during the school year including our annual PTO Open House.

Who is it for?

All students participating in the Title I, Part A program, and their families are encouraged and invited to fully participate in the opportunities described in this plan. Blue Ridge School will provide full opportunity for the participation of parents and family members with limited English, with disabilities, and of migratory children.

Where is it available?

Parents are given opportunities during PTO meetings, Family Nights, and School Council meetings to view the policy. The plan is also posted on the school website. Parents can also retrieve a copy of the plan from the main office.

2018-2019 Goals

2018–2019 District Goals: Dalton Public Schools will ensure student success through:

  • College, career, and life readiness
  • Recruitment and retention of quality professionals
  • Operational excellence
  • Engagement of stakeholders

2018–2019 School Goals: Blue Ridge School will ensure student success through:

  • Student and teacher readiness
  • Developing a sense of agency in all stakeholders
  • Developing and maintaining reciprocal community partnerships

School-Parent Compact

As part of this plan, Blue Ridge School and our families will develop a school-parent compact, which is an agreement that parents, teachers, and students will develop that explains how parents and teachers will work together to make sure all our students reach grade-level standards. The compacts will be reviewed and updated annually based on feedback from parents, students, and teachers. The school-parent compacts are shared with parents and kept with each child’s teacher if parents need another copy.

Let's Get Together!

Blue Ridge School will host the following events to build the capacity for strong family engagement to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement. Times for all meetings for parents and family members are listed below.

Parent-Teacher Academic Team Meetings:

  • September 18, 19, & 20, 2018
  • January 15, 16, & 17, 2019
  • March 26, 27, & 28, 2019
  • Learn about your children’s progress on local assessments; and how to support their learning at home.


  • August 6, 2018
  • Meet your child's teacher and our friendly and helpful school staff

PTO Meetings:

  • November 29, 2018, January 31, 2019, March 21, 2019, May 9, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

PTO Movie Nights:

  • January 24, 2019, February 28, 2019, April 25, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy a family movie and snacks.

Winter Family Night:

  • December 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Students showcase their art work and performances by the Blue Ridge band, chorus, and grades Pre-Kindergarten through second.

Blue Ridge/East Side Baptist Church Spring Garden Festival

  • Enjoy a family event to learn about Science in the STEM Garden and to celebrate Spring.

End of Year Parent-Teacher Academic Team Meetings:

  • May 14-18, 2018
  • Shared data about Georgia Milestones End of Grade Assessments and Summer Learning Opportunities

Parent and Family Engagement

Blue Ridge School believes that family engagement means the participation of parents and family members in regular two-way and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:

  • That parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning
  • That parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school
  • That parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child

Blue Ridge School is Branching Out!

Blue Ridge School will take the following measures to promote and support parents and family members as an important foundation of the school in order to strengthen the school and reach our school goals. We will:

  • Ensure that all information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is published in both English and Spanish and is posted on the school website
  • Provide trainings for staff on strategies to improve communication with parents and ideas to increase family engagement with reading and math activities for our students outside of the classroom. Staff will also share best practices during meetings
  • Partner with early childhood programs, middle and high schools, college and career ready resources or organizations, parent resource centers, or other programs (as applicable) to help prepare parents and their children for successful school transitioning
  • Share information in English and Spanish for parents to understand the school’s academic standards and assessments as well as the ways parents can monitor their child’s progress and work with educators
  • Communicate with all families and the community on a regular basis regarding schoolwide events and activities, through phone messages, social media, and flyers
  • Work with our parents to develop relevant trainings and helpful presentations to educate our staff on the importance of parent and family engagement and how to support student learning
  • Provide necessary materials and handouts for parents at conferences, meetings, and activities to support their child’s academic learning at home.
  • Use our Partners in Education and School Council to improve awareness of the activities and events listed in the school parent and family engagement policy
  • Work with the district to offer literacy and computer classes for parents and family members to help further enhance their various educational levels
  • Collect feedback from parents and family members at all events in order to respond to parents’ requests for additional support for parent and family engagement activities

Adoption of Policy

This parent and family engagement policy has been developed jointly and agreed on with parents and family members of children participating in Title I, Part A programs. This policy was adopted by Blue Ridge School on November 27, 2018 and will be in effect for the period of the 2018-2019 school year. The school will distribute this policy to all parents of participating Title I, Part A children on or before December 13, 2018.