Thursday, February 26, 2015

How can families participate in school planning, and what should they expect?

In the San Francisco Unified School District, March is school planning season as schools across the district develop their program and budget priorities for the next school year. Because schools want to hear from all the different groups who will be affected by the new school site plan, families, staff, and students in middle and high schools are expected and encouraged to participate in this process.

Each school is expected to have at least two school community meeting—often in addition to regular School Site Council and English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) meetings—to identify priorities and develop the site plan for next year.

Here's what you will be doing during the school planning process:
  1. Review data about your school and students, and reflect on how your school is doing to support students to succeed. Examples of information you can review include:
    • Academic assessments, such as CLA, Fountas & Pinnell, CELDT, writing assessments, and FEP reclassification data
    • Attendance, out-of-class referrals, and suspension data
    • Student and family surveys
  2. Based on that data, set goals and identify priorities for the next school year. What are the programs, services, and other resources your school wants to focus on to reach these goals?
  3. Starting the first week of March, look at how the draft of the school budget can best support these goals and priorities.

How you can participate:

  • Participate in School Site Council, ELAC and school planning meetings
  • Participate in your school’s student and parent surveys and make sure your voice is heard
  • Participate in the March 7 School Planning Retreat


The School Planning Retreat – March 7, 2015


The annual School Planning Retreat provides another opportunity to work together as a team on your school's Balanced Score Card, academic plan and budget for 2015-16. This year’s retreat is on Saturday, March 7. Talk to your school’s principal about how you can attend.