Parent Involvement Policy
The staff and administrators at McCardle Elementary School encourage all parents to become involved in the education of their children. We believe that by working together as a team, we will provide the best education for all students. There are many ways to become involved:
School Site Council (SSC)
Representatives are elected by parents and serve a two-year term of office. The primary function of the SSC is to assist with the annual development of the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and to participate in on-going progress monitoring and shared decision-making of schoolwide programs within the SPSA. Meetings are held at a time designated by the council. All parents are invited to attend.
English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC)
Parents with students whose primary language is other than English, may be elected members of this Committee. The primary function of the ELAC is to assist with the development and progress monitoring of instructional programs to ensure the needs of English Learner students are met.
Community Coffee Hours
Parents and community members are provided with bi-monthly opportunities to participate in their child's education and communicate with school administrators. These meetings may include opportunities for parents to learn about how to help students at home, understand school programs, policies, and procedures, and information on other topics of interest. Students perform by grade level at these meetings.
The McCardle Parent-Teacher-Association is an organization of parents and staff working together and dedicated to the goals of encouraging and enriching the lives of our children. The members of the P.T.A. work very hard to promote an atmosphere of closeness between the home and school. All parents, grandparent, and other adults interested in McCardle are encouraged to join. Evening meeting are scheduled every month at 6:00 pm.
Visitors to Campus
In order to ensure that McCardle is a safe and secure learning environment for students and staff, all parents, volunteers, and visitors must sign in and out on the computer system and wear a visitor's badge while on campus. Please be prepared to show identification if you are planning to visit a classroom or pick up a student early.
We encourage parents/guardians and other members of the community to share their time, knowledge, and abilities with our students. As part of the Fresno Unified School District commitment to providing a safe and secure learning environment for all students, Board Policy requires that you complete a volunteer application form at the school where you intend to serve. Requirements for volunteers include:
1. Complete the FUSD Volunteer Application Form and return it to the McCardle office. Our office staff will make a copy of your picture ID and attach it to your application. You will be notified once approved by the classroom teacher or the Office Manager.
2. If you wish to serve as a volunteer on a frequent or prolonged basis, or for a school activity in which you would be required to supervise students, it is required that you are fingerprinted (at your own expense) through the FUSD Human Resources Dept. by commencement of service.
3. It is recommended, although not required, that volunteers keep Tuberculosis (TB) testing up-to-date (at your own expense).
4. Volunteers shall act in accordance with district and site policies and regulations.
McCardle School offers a wide variety of opportunities for parent and interested adult volunteers. From crossing guards to P.T.A. members, from classroom assistance to coaches for activities, volunteers our invaluable. Our school truly values the help that volunteers provide, and we recognize the valuable role each volunteer plays in the education of our students. We ask that when volunteering, please do not bring other children into the classroom as it is a distraction to the learning environment.