Family Engagement Policy

Parent & Family Engagement Policy

Olanta CAAS Magnet School strives to have all students representing themselves, their families, our community, and our school with PRIDE in each and everything they do by always:
 1) Being Ready to learn
 2) Being Respectful of self and others
 3) Being Responsible in his/her actions and words.

At OES, we continuously strive to:
1) Act Our Best
 2) Do Our Best
 3) Believe and Achieve, so we can 
 4) Succeed!

This allows us to ensure our students fit the profile of a SC Graduate as well as have all students scoring “Exceeds Expectations” on the state assessments (SCPASS SCIENCE, SCPASS SOCIAL STUDIES, SCREADY ELA, and SCREADY MATH). OES faculty and staff work closely with parents and students to promote lifelong learning, develop self-confidence and positive self-esteem needed to take risks and make wise choices, and use critical thinking skills to solve problems in order to be college and/or career ready as well as lifelong productive citizens.

At Olanta Elementary, we recognize the importance of parent, community, and family partnership in having a positive school culture and environment that promotes academic success as well as family engagement. In order to promote this partnership as well as family engagement, we implement the following activities:

· Monthly and/or quarterly parent meetings to inform all stakeholders of the school plan, to keep families updated on the progress of the plan, as well as to plan, review, and ask for suggestions on the improvement of the programs.

· Develop a home/school compact that outlines the responsibilities of parents, students, and staff for improved student achievement.

· Provide methods of feedback from parents in order to assess and meet the needs of OES students. This will be done through a parent suggestion box, the state district and school report card, student and parent survey, parent conferences, and SIC as well as PTO meetings.

· Provide information to parents on school and community happenings as well as achievement data through the monthly school newsletter, classroom weekly newsletters, district, school and classroom webpages, school messenger, the district’s Facebook page, PTO and Title I Family Engagement Nights, SIC and PTO meetings, and parent/teacher conferences.

· Involve parents with the joint development of the yearly school plan and the five-year strategic plan.

· Provide a parent resource center at the school.

· Involve parents in the decision making process as it relates to the expenditures of Title I funds.


Olanta Elementary School

312 N. Jones Road
P. O. Box 628
Olanta, SC 29114
Office: 843.396.4457 Fax: 843.396.9512
Tonyelle Thomas, Principal 
Melanie McKnight, 
Assistant Principal