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Get Involved

Research shows students do better when their families are involved at home and at school.
That's why SSFUSD encourages family and community participation, and volunteers are always welcome.
Consider joining your school's parent teacher association (PTA) or stepping up as a classroom volunteer or chaperone on field trips.

Classroom Parents

Classroom parents or parent coordinators have the opportunity to represent individual classrooms in parent organizations like the English Learners Advisory Council (ELAC), PTA, or School Site Council (SSC).

English Learners Advisory Committee

The ELAC advises the principal, SSC, and school staff on programs and services for English Language Learner (ELL) students by helping to develop the ELL section of the school’s Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA), distributing and tabulating a needs assessment survey, and informing parents of the annual statewide language census.
Consequently, ELAC members often consist of parents of ELL students.

Parent Teacher Association

The PTA organizes book fairs, school fundraisers, and other events and even funds various educational programs.

It helps parents stay abreast of developments at school and provides parents with a means to suggest changes to improve their school and community.


The PTA also provides information on ways parents can support their child’s education and allows parents to hone their skills and talents in service to that cause.


More importantly, the PTA connects parents with other families and helps build a sense of community.

To get involved, contact Juanita Flores at 650-877-3955 or jflores[at]ssfusd.org.

School Site Council

The SSC is responsible for the development and approval of the SPSA and the school site budget in seven areas:
  • Implementation of a Standards-Based Instructional Program
  • Establishing and Monitoring Systems of Assessment and Evaluation
  • English Language Learners
  • Special Education
  • Equity
  • Interventions
  • Parent and Community Engagement
This is accomplished by a review and analysis of student data, which helps to inform decisions about school improvement strategies and the allocation of resources in support of student achievement.

School Volunteers

Volunteers may fill out a School Volunteer Application ahead of time and return it to the school office along with a:
  • Current tuberculosis (TB) test dated within 60 days
  • Copy of a valid driver’s license
The school office will then submit the completed packet for a fingerprinting appointment at the SSFUSD district office.
Volunteer applications will NOT be processed without a fingerprinting appointment.


Please allow at least two (2) weeks for fingerprint processing. 

Then call the school office for an update.
Parents who wish to chaperone field trips must be fingerprinted and have a negative TB test on file.