Service Hours

As stated in our fourth value, and as part of our charter, “a safe, nurturing community is essential to academic excellence.” A community grows from common ideals and shared experiences, and is composed of individuals who genuinely care and seek good for each other.  In a nurturing community, everyone belongs and feels valued; each person feels secure and is supported in efforts to grow in their own way.  Each morning our students recite, “we believe that working together we can do more than we can do by ourselves”.  This statement is not just for our students; Value Schools believes that parents are an essential part of building a strong, safe learning community. One of the ways we ensure that every parent is involved with their child’s education is by encouraging at least twenty (20) parent participation hours per year from each family. These hours could be fulfilled in numerous ways including:

  1. attending classes sponsored by the parent center on various topics such as discipline, curriculum, technology, health, and more
  2. volunteering to teach classes to students or other parents
  3. attending monthly school-wide meetings such as PTO, School Site Council, or Coffee with the Principal
  4. attending parent conferences
  5. chaperoning field trips
  6. leading a small group activity in your child’s classroom
  7. organizing fundraising events like Fiesta or after school sales
  8. beautifying the school campus

By becoming actively involved on campus for twenty hours or more each year, parents strengthen their ties to the school and to other other families.  They learn strategies to support and teach their child at home and contribute to the overall growth of the school. Parents provide support in times of trouble and celebrate successes together. Teachers, parents, staff, and students are all part of the same team that takes ownership of the great achievements that happen here at Downtown Value School.

While Parent Participation Hours are not legally required, they are highly encouraged at Downtown Value School. Lack of participation will NOT impact your child’s admission or enrollment.  The school provides several different volunteer opportunities in the mornings, throughout the day, in the evenings, and on the weekend for parents to be involved as indicated in our parent involvement policy.  We honor parents who are setting an example of service and commitment to their child’s education by completing their hours of participation. Involvement in your child’s education is something that your child will cherish for a lifetime.  The actions you take while they are young, will make a tremendous impact when they are older.   Parents, we thank you for continuing to be active members of our community; we are all enriched by your presence!

School Site Council (SSC)

Our School Site Council is composed of the principal and representatives of:  teachers, school personnel, parents, and pupils. The School Site Council develops the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). The SSC must approve the plan, recommend it to the local governing board for approval, monitor its implementation, and evaluate the effectiveness of the planned activities at least annually.  This plan includes the review of our charter, our WASC action plan, our Personnel Policies, our Student Parent Handbook, our Technology Plan, and our  Local Control Accountability Plan which includes our metric goals measuring our state priorities in academics, school climate, and parent/student engagement for all students and for various subgroups.

See school calendar for upcoming meeting dates and times.

Parent Teacher Others Board (PTO)

The purpose of the PTO is to create opportunities for parent involvement.  For example, hosting a fundraiser, bringing guest speakers, or developing a game night. 

See school calendar for upcoming meeting dates and times.

English Learner Academic Committee (ELAC)

Each California public school, grades kindergarten through 12, which enrolls 21 or more English language learners must form an English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC).

The ELAC shall be responsible for advising the principal and staff on programs and services for English learners and the School Site Council on the development of the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA).   The ELAC shall assist the school in the development of: 

  • The school's needs assessment. 
  • Ways to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.

Parents of English learners comprise at least the same percentage of the ELAC membership as English learners constitute of the school’s total student population. For example, if 25 percent of the students in a school are English learners, then parents/guardians of English learners must comprise 25 percent of the ELAC membership. Other members of the ELAC can be parents/guardians, school staff, and /or community members as long as the minimum percentage requirement for English language parents is maintained.

See school calendar for upcoming meeting dates and times.

School Policy Committee

Downtown Value School will have a school policy committee that will provide direction and oversight to the school, subject to the terms and limitations specified by the board of directors. Subject to the reserved rights of the board of directors, the school policy committee shall have the authority and responsibility to formulate and approve all policies necessary to the governance of the school; provided that they are consistent with the policies adopted by the board of directors for the governance of all schools.

Membership in the School Policy Committee

The school policy committee shall be composed of the following members:

  • the principal of the school, who shall also be the chair of the committee;
  • faculty members who are elected by the faculty and who are equal in number to twenty percent (20%) of the total faculty; except that there shall not be less than one faculty member, not more than four;
  • parents who are selected according to the by-laws of the school policy committee and who are equal in number to two percent (2%) of the total registered student enrollment, except that there shall not be fewer than two parents, nor more than five;
  • classified staff, if specified in the by-laws
  • community representatives, if specified in the by-laws.

Parent/Teacher Organization

In addition to the School Policy Committee, there is a parent board which serves the more immediate needs of the school during the year. This board consists of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, School Safety Chair, Facilities Chair, and Social Activities Chair. Terms are for two years, unless elected individual cannot or does not fulfill obligations of the office. Elections for open positions are held in the fall. Meetings are held monthly (or more often if needed) during the school year. Meeting times are publicized beforehand, and agendas posted near the front office. All parents are encouraged to attend meetings; however, only board members vote on action items. Visiting parents have time at each meeting to speak of concerns about the school.

Handling Issues and Concerns

We expect parents to be involved in their child's education here at Downtown Value School. You are a vital component of your child's success. It is understandable that you might have concerns about some of the elements of your child's life here. If those concerns are not addressed, they can cause friction at home or with the teacher or other students. Please do not wait long to talk with someone about your child's unhappiness. Usually things can be worked out easily and quickly. Here are some tips for resolving problems quickly and effectively:

  • Set an appointment to talk with the teacher or staff member involved first.
    • Express your concerns as calmly as possible in terms of how your child is being affected.
    • Keep an open mind.
    • Think of more than one solution to the problem.
    • Realize that we have many children that have needs, and what works at home may not be reasonable here at school.
  • If you feel that your concerns have not been met by talking with the teacher or staff member, set an appointment to see the principal or vice-principal. Usually an appointment will be available the same day you call. We want your child to succeed here, and we want each child to feel comfortable. Occasionally, the Parent Educator or another mediator will be consulted to address the problem.
  • Schoolwide issues may be addressed at any time by writing a letter or calling the principal, or by putting an item on the agenda for the next parent meeting.

The Official Parent Involvement Policy is both the Local Education Agency and School Level Policy for Downtown Value School and it describes how the school will fulfill the Title I parent involvement requirements of No Child Left Behind.

Click here to see upcoming Agendas and previous Agendas and Minutes for Downtown Value School Parent Meetings, and choose Parent Involvement.

If you'd like to view some of the additional policies and procedures for parents at DVS, click here.

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