Every effort is made to involve English Learners (ELs) and their families in all school and community activities. An interpreter is present at the orientation if needed, and information on how to access an interpreter for future questions or problems is shared with the parents. Parent/teacher conferences to discuss the student’s progress in the ELD program are held in the fall and again in the spring. Upon enrollment in the ELD program, parents are invited to meet with the ELD teacher either at a Parent Orientation Night or individually to discuss the goals of the ELD program and their child’s educational plan. Basic school rules and regulations are reviewed along with homework and attendance policies, special programs available, and district assessment policies and procedures.
School social workers also act as a home, school and community liaison for ELD families and school personnel. When appropriate, they facilitate contacts to community organizations that will provide support services to the English Learner student and his/her family. School workers also work collaboratively with the Migrant Education program as needed.
EASD is firmly committed to communicating with families in their native language as often as possible. To do this, the district works with the IU to secure interpreters to attend parent conferences and other important meetings regarding English Learner students. In the event that an interpreter is not available, the district has contracted with a telephone-based interpreter service called Language Line. This service provides additional opportunities for the district to communicate with parents in their native language.