DELAC & ELAC
District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)
When there are 51 or more EL students in a district, a District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC) shall be formed. The DELAC will be comprised of representatives from the school level English Learner Advisory Committees and interested school and district staff. The majority of the members will be parents of EL students who are not district employees. Committee members serve for two years.
Committee members will be trained in regard to their roles and responsibilities and will be kept apprised of issues, policies, and information that relate to EL programs. District staff and DELAC board members will plan the yearly meeting schedule in order to meet district and parent needs. Meeting notification will be mailed to all members at least one week prior to the meeting. Agendas and minutes will be translated, and a Spanish interpreter will be available at each meeting. In addition, DELAC members representing individual schools will act as liaisons between the DELAC and their respective ELAC. The DELAC representative will present information received at the DELAC to the ELAC.
Roles & Responsibilities of DELAC:
- Provide input in the development of the Master Plan for services for EL students
- Provide input for a district wide needs assessment on a school-by-school basis
- Provide input on the district's EL education goals and objectives
- Be informed on federal, state, and district English Learner reports
- Make annual recommendations on the development of the LCAP
English Learner Advisory Committees (ELAC) at Schools
Each school with 21 or more English learners (also known as LEP students), regardless of language, must form a functioning English learner advisory committee (ELAC) or subcommittee of an existing advisory committee.
On the committee, the percentage of parents of English learners is to be at least the same as that of English learners at the school. After formation and training of the ELAC, the ELAC may delegate its legal responsibilities to an existing school advisory committee or subcommittee.
Requirements for ELAC elections include:
Parents or guardians of English learners elect parent members of the school committee or subcommittee.
All parents shall be provided the opportunity to vote for committee members.
Each school committee shall have the opportunity to elect at least one parent member to the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC). NUSD Will use a system of proportional regional representation.
Purpose and Responsibility
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).
The school shall provide training for all ELAC members.
Appropriate training and materials to assist each member to carry out his or her required legal responsibilities.
Training should be planned in full consultation with ELAC members. Title I,III or district funds may be used to cover the costs of training and attendance of ELAC members (e.g., costs associated with child-care, translation services, and other reasonable expenses. NO FOOD may be purchased using Title I, II or III funds).