• CORONA-NORCO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

    ENGLISH LEARNER ADVISORY COMMITTEE (ELAC)
    DISTRICT ENGLISH LEARNER ADVISORY COMMITTEE (DELAC)
     
    Parents are a critical component of the successful education of their students. In order to prepare the parents to participate in their child's education, information is disseminated to the parents via the English learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) as well as the District English learner Advisory Committee (DELAC), as required by law. Information is provided in Spanish to both committees. If the need arises, an interpreter of any other language needed will be provided, when feasible. The following is a description of each of these committees.
     
    ENGLISH LEARNER ADVISORY COMMITTEE
    (ELAC)
     
    Whenever there are 21 or more English learner students at a school site, there is to be a functioning English
    Learner Advisory Committee that meets all of the following criteria to advise the principal and staff regarding:
    • The development of the school plan for English learners submitted to the governing board
    • Conduct a school's needs assessment
    • Administration of the school's language census
    • Efforts to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance
    The English learner Advisory Committee needs to have a membership of English learner parents in at least the same percentage, as there are English learner students at a school. The school site will conduct an election of members in which all parents of English learner students have had an opportunity to vote. Parents of English learners will select parent representation to the District English learner Advisory Committee (DELAC). Parents of English learners must receive training and materials to assist them in carrying out their responsibilities.
     
    Parent involvement is required under the law in the following ways:
    • Parents must complete and sign the "Home Language Survey" (Ed. Code Section 52164)
    • Parents must be notified in their primary language of the results of the initial identification and placement in a bilingual program within 30 school days of the student's initial enrollment. Parents must also be notified within 90 calendar days of the results of the diagnostic assessment. (Ed. Code Section 52164.1 [C])
    • When an English learner student has been initially identified as limited English proficient and has been found through the diagnostic assessment to have no primary language proficiency, parents must be consulted and must concur in writing that the student has no primary language proficiency before the student may be considered an English only student. (Ed. Code Section 52164.1 [c] and California Administrative Code, Title 5, Ed., Section 4305).
    • Parent opinion and consultation must be incorporated in any redesignation and subsequent placement consideration (Ed. Code Section 52164.6).
    • Parent has the right to withdraw their child from a bilingual program however; students must still be provided comprehensible instruction designed to meet federal guarantees of equal educational opportunities for linguistic minorities (Ed. Code Section 52000 and 52015, California Administrative Code, Title 5, Education, Section 4308, Lau vs. Nichols, related federal requirements, and various state and federal court decisions.)
    • Parents have the right and are encouraged to visit their child's class(es) and to come to school for a conference to find out about the nature and objectives of their child's program.
     
    DISTRICT ENGLISH LEARNER ADVISORY COMMITTEE
    (DELAC)
     
    Whenever there are 51 or more English learners in a district, there is a functioning district bilingual advisory committee (DELAC) or a subcommittee of an existing district committee that has met all of the following requirements.
     
    The parents have the opportunity to advise the governing board regarding:
    • Creating a timetable for and development of a district master plan of educational programs and services for English learners, taking into consideration the school site plans for English learners.
    • Conducting a districtwide needs assessment on a school-by-school basis.
    • Establishing a district program, goals, and objectives for programs and services for English learners.
    • Developing a plan to ensure compliance with applicable teacher or aide requirements.
    • Administration of the language census.
    • Reviewing comments on the written notification of initial enrollment.
    • Reviewing comments on any related waiver request.
    • Reviewing comments on the district reclassification procedures.
    The DELAC must have a majority membership of parents of English learners not employed by the district. In the event that an existing committee is used for these purposes, the membership of parents of English learners shall be made up of at least the same percentage as that of English learners in the district. Parents will receive training and materials, developed in consultation with the committee, appropriate to assist parent members in carrying out their responsibilities.
     
     

     
     
     
    SECTION 12