School advisory committees impact schools
Interested in having an impact on your school? Wondering where to voice those concerns or great suggestions? The School Advisory Committee (SAC) might be what you are looking for. The SAC is an elected body of parents and teachers that meets throughout the school year to discuss ways to make the school a better place for students. The SAC is established under Public Law 95-651 and is mandated by the Department of Defense to exist in all DOD Schools. Meetings generally occur once a quarter with a transition meeting for the next school year.
The SAC advises the principal on the following:
- Policies toward students and parents, school activities and administrative procedures affecting students,
- Instructional programs and educational resources within the school,
- Allocation of resources within the school to achieve educational goals,
- Student services such as health, special education testing evaluation, counseling and extracurricular activities,
- Student standards of conduct and discipline.
Training for SAC board members is typically held at the beginning of each school year. Parents may wish to serve on the SAC board or simply attend meetings and provide input. Talk to your school liaison officer or principal to find out more about the SAC at your school as well as other higher level advisory committees within DODEA.
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