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How to Get Involved at Your School

school site council

 

What it is

A committee of teachers, parents, students, and school staff that works with the school principal to plan for the needs of the school. A major duty of the SSC is to develop and then annually update the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA), a formal plan for the school that satisfies both state and federal program requirements.

 

Meeting frequency

SSCs meet a minimum of five times a year.

 

Who can join

Any parent/guardian, student, or staff in the school community is eligible to join SSC.

 

How to join 

Generally a school’s principal will send out invitations to join the site council at the beginning of the year. As openings and vacancies do come up throughout the year, parents and caregivers who are interested should contact their principal.

 

Who can attend the meetings

School Site Council meetings are open to the public. Any member of the public is able to address the council or committee during the meeting on any item within the subject matter jurisdiction of the council or committee. 

school pta or ptsa

What it is

Every school in Alameda Unified has its own Parent Teacher Association (PTA) , which is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.  

 

PTAs work with parents, teachers, students, and school staff to support students, empower families, and enrich the school. PTAs host community events, organize volunteers, raise money, lead enrichment activities like art and garden classes, fund additional school staff, provide information and access to families, and advocate on behalf of students to individual schools and the district.  While the PTA works closely with each school site, each PTA is an independent organization with its own officers and members. 

 

Meeting frequency:

PTAs meet either monthly or bi-monthly. Subcommittees of the school PTA may meet more often.

 

Who can join

Any parent/guardian in the school community, as well as school staff and interested community members. Members have the right to participate in PTA leadership and vote on PTA issues. 

 

How to join

The PTA and school principal will send out invitations to join the PTA, attend meetings, and participate in events throughout the course of the year.  There is a modest membership fee at most sites, which goes to fund school supplies and activities as well as advocacy for education at the state level.  Can’t find the invitation? Please email the PTA president at your school site to get started. 

 

Who can attend the meetings  

PTAs encourage everyone - members and non-members - to attend meetings, participate in events, volunteer, and get involved in the organization.    

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

What it is 

Each California public school with 21 or more English learners must form an English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC). Committee members advise their school principal and staff about the site plan for English Learners, which includes resource allocation.

 

Who can join

Parents or guardians of English learners make up the same percentage (or more) of the ELAC membership as their children represent the student body. Parents and guardians of English learners elect the parent members of ELAC.

 

Meeting frequency

ELACs meet a minimum of four to five times a year. 

 

How to join

If you’re interested in joining this committee, please email your school principal.

 

Who can attend the meetings? 

Anyone in the school community can attend the meetings, but only parents/guardians elected to the ELAC can vote.

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