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El Camino Real Charter High School

Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

Involving parents in the creation of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) for the 2024-25 school year is a crucial component of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) process. The LCFF is California's approach to school funding that grants districts more flexibility in how they use state funds, with a significant emphasis on stakeholder engagement, particularly with parents. Here’s how parents, through the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), can actively participate in the development of the 2024-25 LCAP at El Camino Real Charter:

What is PAC?

The California Education Code, section 52063, requires districts to establish a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) to provide advice on LCAP.

ECR's PAC is a group of stakeholders who represent the parents/guardians of ECR's students. They provide comments on the schools Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

Responsibility of the pac?

The PAC is responsible for providing comments to the ECR Executive Director and School Board on the following LCAP goals:

  1. 100% Graduation
  2. Proficiency for All
  3. Excellent Attendance
  4. Parent, Community, and Student Engagement
  5. School Safety and Climate
  6. Basic Services
  7. English Learner Supports
  8. Equity Black Student Achievement

what is lcap?

The LCAP is a plan on how the school uses state funds to support all students and targeted youth.

LCAP must include these sections:

  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Goals and Progress Indicators
  • Actions, Services, and Expenditures

pac stakeholders

Parents/legal guardians of students:

  1. Participate in the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Program
  2. Are identified as English Learners
  3. Parents/legal guardians or agencies serving Foster Youth students
  4. Attend ECR
  5. Board Parent Representative

Understanding the LCAP

First, it's essential that parents understand what the LCAP is and its significance. The LCAP is a tool for local educational agencies to set goals, plan actions, and leverage resources to meet those goals to improve student outcomes. The PAC can organize informational sessions to educate parents about the LCAP's components, including the state priorities it must address, such as student achievement, school climate, student engagement, and parental involvement.

Engagement Opportunities

  1. Surveys and Questionnaires: Distribute surveys or questionnaires to gather input from parents on what they believe are the most pressing needs of the school and its students. This can include academic programs, extracurricular activities, school facilities, and support services.

  2. Workshops and Meetings: Hold workshops or meetings where school officials can present the current status of LCAP goals and actions. These sessions can include breakout groups where parents can discuss specific areas in more detail, providing feedback and suggestions.

  3. Feedback Sessions: Organize sessions specifically designed for parents to give feedback on draft versions of the LCAP. This ensures that parent input is considered before the final submission.

  4. Training Sessions: Offer training for parents on how to effectively participate in the LCAP process.

Direct Participation

  • Representation on the LCAP Committee: Ensure that parents, particularly those from the PAC, are represented on the committee responsible for developing the LCAP. These parent representatives can bring forward the views and concerns of the wider parent body.

  • Collaborative Goal Setting: Involve parents in setting the goals for the LCAP, aligning them with the needs identified by parents and the school community.

  • Review and Revision: Parents can participate in the review of LCAP progress and recommend adjustments as needed based on their observations and the needs of their children.

  • Advisory Committee: Recommend goals to the administrative team

Communication Goals

  • Regular Updates: Keep parents informed about the LCAP process through regular updates via email newsletters, school website postings, and social media.  ECR would like to increase Transparency in the process to encourage greater participation and feedback.

  • Accessible Information: ECR aims to publish all information related to the LCAP, including meeting minutes, draft plans, and final documents, making it easily accessible to parents.

By actively involving parents in the LCAP process, El Camino Real Charter ensures that the plan reflects the community's values and priorities, leading to a more effective and responsive education system for all students.

Let's work together to make El Camino Real Charter the best environment for our children to learn and grow. Your voice matters, and we can't wait to hear it!

David Hussey

Executive Director

PAC Documents