School Site Council (SSC)


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The School Site Council (SSC) is an elected group representative of the school’s staff, parents, and in secondary schools, students. 

Each SFUSD school must have an elected School Site Council (SSC) to represent parents, students, community members, and school staff in the school governance process. 

School site councils meet regularly to complete the following activities:

1. Elect officers
2. Develop/revise by-laws
3. Advise the annual revision of the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)
4. Recommend the annual revisions to the SPSA for Board approval
5. Approve revisions to the site categorical budget and SPSA
6. Monitor the implementation of the site categorical budget and activities in the SPSA
7. Annually evaluate the activities in the approved SPSA

The School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)

A school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and community organizations. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and stakeholder engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities. Using public schools as hubs, our schools bring together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, youth, families and communities. 

Given that the needs of students and families differ from school to school and neighborhood to neighborhood, the set of services and partnerships at each school must also differ. The School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) is a site plan created by a school team including the principal, teachers, parents, community partners, and, where applicable, secondary school students. The SPSA is a tool for sites to prioritize particular programs and strategies that will best serve their students, families, and the community. It lays out each school’s plan for achieving its goals, and articulates the nexus between the school's goals and actions and the District's Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), which lays out goals for the entire district.

The School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) is an opportunity for San Francisco Unified schools to:

  • Participate in an inclusive and collaborative planning and support process within the school community,
  • Develop priorities for the school with input from families and the community,
  • Build ongoing collaborative relationship in service of students and families, and
  • Showcase publicly the exciting work each school is doing.

Here are a few short examples of strategies and actions that might be included in a school’s SPSA:

  • Build student awareness about career opportunities and college readiness through an annual career fair.
  • Create meaningful family engagement through weekly teacher home visits to targeted students.
  • Improve the safety and health of the school learning environment by creating a peer mediation program and training staff and students in restorative justice practices.

In addition, each school's SPSA documents:

  • Supports for targeted student groups identified in the District Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP); 
  • Programs and practices funded through Federal ESSA Title I allocations;
  • College and career-oriented pathways 
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If you have questions about your school's SPSA or would like to get involved, please contact your principal or attend the next School Site Council (SSC) meeting. 

SSC Contacts:

  • Juan Rodriguez, Program Administrator,
  • Mary Elisalde, Director
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California Department of Education (CDE) Resources:

School Site Council Ed Code
Parent Involvement Ed Code
Comprehensive Support & Improvement (CSI) Ed Code

SSC Resources:

SSC Roles & Responsibilities Slide Deck 
Membership Process, Composition, & Responsibilities
SSC Composition Chart (Elementary)
SSC Composition Chart (Secondary)
SSC Bylaws Sample (with Translations)

Election Materials:

The Following Samples are Provided in English & Spanish
Sample Teacher Nomination
Sample Staff Nomination
Sample Parent Nomination
Sample Student Nomination
Sample Teacher Ballot
Sample Staff Ballot
Sample Parent Ballot
Sample Student Ballot

Samples and Templates:

SSC Bylaws Template (English)
SSC Bylaws Template (Spanish)
SSC Bylaws Template (Chinese)

SSC Meeting Checklist Elementary
SSC Meeting Checklist Secondary
Blank SSC Minutes Template
Sample SSC  Meeting Minutes Completed

Sample Title I Parent Involvement Policy & Compact (English & Spanish)

This page was last updated on May 21, 2024