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English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC)

 What is the English Language Advisory Committee?

Each California Public School from kindergarten through grade 12, with 21 or more English Learners must form a functional English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC). The ELAC is a committee for parents or other community members who want to advocate for English Learners.

The purpose of ELAC is to advise the principal and school staff on programs and services for English learners and the School Site Council (SSC) on the development of the Single School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). The ELAC also assists the school on other tasks listed below:

  • 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 SPSA.
  • Assisting in the development of the school wide 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.

When does the ELAC Meet?

ELAC meets once a month on the first Monday of each month when school is in session, with the exceptions of December and June, virtually from 6-7 pm.