The SSC ensures that community members have a voice in establishing programs and processes at our school. In our case, the council is comprised of 3 classroom teachers, the principal, 1 staff member and 5 community members. The term of service for the council is stated as 3 years, but there is a great deal of flexibility. The time commitment for community members is the 1 to 2 hour monthly meeting (excluding summer and holiday season) and an hour or so each month for document review and information gathering.
The SSC’s primary product is the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA), a public document that describes our strengths and weaknesses and our plans for improvement (copy can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NYIIsjkzAyZQHfyvadSTidPqksuv42uW/view ). We also review our school safety and security Plans. There is little that happens at Kaiser that is not discussed by the SSC.
It can be initially intimidating but very gratifying to work with a team that is laser focused on improving educational and life outcomes for all our children. As a new member there will be a steep learning curve, but your life experience and perspective will be of immediate use to the council. Meetings are always engaging and generally seem too short. I have never had a moment of disappointment with the SSC members, but there will be frustrations with lack of resources and other external variables.
You will gain a greater appreciation of our amazing students and community and will play a pivotal role in ensuring continued excellence in our school and community.