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School Site Council

The SSC is a group of parents, community members, and staff that come together to help govern the school and make decisions regarding school programs and budget allocations. The SSC is required for schools receiving state/federal categorical funds. These funds are used to supplement the regular school program. 

In order to accomplish our goal of supporting and enhancing programs at Nelson, the SSC meets at least four times a year to assess the effectiveness of categorically funded supplemental programs by planning, developing, and approving the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). The SSC also reviews and updates the categorical budgets. 

Members of the SSC include the principal, teachers, other staff, and parents/community members.  Members of the School Site Council are elected by their peers, so parents are elected by parents

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)


Each California public school with 21 or more English learners must form an English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC).


The ELAC shall be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Advising the principal and staff in the development of a site plan for English learners and submitting the plan to the School Site Council for consideration of inclusion in the School Plan for Student Achievement.
  • Assisting in the development of the schoolwide needs assessment.
  • Ways to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.
  • Each ELAC shall have the opportunity to elect at least one member to the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC). Districts with 31 or more ELACs may use a system of proportional or regional representation.
Composition Requirements

Parents or guardians of English learners shall constitute at least the same percentage of the ELAC membership as their children represent of the student body.


The parents or guardians of English learners shall elect the parent members of ELAC. Parents or guardians of English learners shall be provided the opportunity to vote in the election.


ELAC members shall receive training materials and training which will assist them in carrying out their required advisory responsibilities. Training shall be planned in full consultation with committee members, and funds from appropriate resources may be used to meet the costs of providing the training to include costs associated with the attendance of members at training sessions.

Legal References
  • California Education Code, sections 35147, 52176(b) and (c), 62002.5, and 64001(a)
  • California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 11308