Schools throughout California that have at least 21 English Learners enrolled, operate an English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) which provides input to the school site in support of English Language learners’ academic and English Language proficiencies. The school site ELAC, consists of parents at the school who are elected by English Learner parents /guardians at the school. The ELAC and the School Site Council at the school may be combined. The ELACs at each of our SMBSD schools elect one representative and one alternate to the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC).
The SMBSD DELAC is an advisory committee to the district in support of English Language learners. The DELAC provides input to the district on programs, policies, and services for English Learners including: the SMBSD English Learner Master Plan, procedures for reclassification of English Learners, written parent notifications, the consolidated application, and conducting a school-by-school needs assessment throughout the district.
The DELAC meetings are open to the public and a schedule of the upcoming DELAC meetings is listed below. All SMBSD DELAC meetings are held at the district office Souza Center at 708 S. Miller St. Santa Maria, CA 93454. Childcare is provided.
The California Education Code contains legal requirements which direct schools to assess the English language proficiency of students. The process begins with determining the language(s) spoken in the home of each student. The responses to the home language survey will assist in determining if a student’s proficiency in English should be tested. This information is essential in order for the school to provide adequate instructional programs and services.
As parents or guardians, your cooperation is requested in complying with these requirements. When a child begins his/her education in California, the parents need to complete this form indicating the languages spoken at home.
For each question must write the name(s) of the language(s) that apply in the space provided. Parents cannot leave any question unanswered. If an error is made completing this home language survey, parents may request correction before their student take the Summative English Language Proficiency Assessment for California.
Which language did your child learn when he/she first began to talk?
Which language does your child most frequently speak at home
Which language do you (the parents or guardians) most frequently use when speaking with your child?
Which language is most often spoken by adults in the home? (parents, guardians, grandparents, or any other adults)