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FAQ About Students Who Are Learning English

Is it mandatory to provide English learner services to pupils whose parents do not want their children to receive those services?

Parents may request that their children be exempted from a specific instructional setting (CCR, Title 5, section 11301 (b)). However, districts still have an obligation to ensure that students receive ELD and access to other core content areas from teachers who are qualified to provide such instruction (Castañeda v. Pickard, 1981).


May a parent change a Home Language Survey?

Yes. California Education Code 52164.1 states that a parent may amend the Home Language Survey if they believe there is an error.


What does a parent need to do to have his/her child placed in an English Language Mainstream classroom?

The parent/guardian of an EL need only request this placement.  this does not entail going through the waiver process (CCR, Title 5, sections 11301[b]).


More FAQ about ELs can be found on the CDE website .

English Learner Supports

DELAC Calendar


 District English Learner Advisory Committee
Comité Distrital para Aprendices del Idioma Inglés


2019 - 2020 School Year/Año Escolar

Davidson Middle School Library

Biblioteca de la Escuela Davidson 
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

September 24, 2019
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October 22, 2019

November 26, 2019
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January 28, 2020

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March 24, 2020
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April 21, 2020
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Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) Model

SEAL is a preschool through elementary program of the Sobrato Family Foundation.  It is designed to build the capacity of schools to powerfully develop the language and literacy skills of young English Learner children, and to close the achievement gap by fourth grade.  SEAL is also a model of language-rich, joyful and rigorous education for all children. In partnership with the Sobrato Foundation, the teachers of San Rafael participate in an intense, two year professional development program.  At the end of their training, teachers are able to develop rich, powerful language and literacy in all students within the context of delivering a full academic curriculum.


SEAL Video

Bahia Vista Preschool

Bahia Vista Preschool Environment and Family


California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE)
Palmcard of the EL Roadmap Policy - The Four Principles


Have you heard about California's new English Learner Roadmap Policy? Take a listen - It's a new day for English Learners in California! 


This video provides an overview of the vision, mission, and four key principles of the California EL Roadmap Policy approved in July, 2017 by the California State Board of Education. This is the second of a three part series narrated by Dr. Laurie Olsen, co-chair of the EL Roadmap Taskforce. The EL Roadmap Taskforce was convened by Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, members of the California Department of Education, and also co-chaired by Dr. Kenji Hakuta. 

Video Link to the California EL Roadmap Policy - The Four Principles

DELAC Handouts

EL Task Force

The English Learner Task force was formed to assist with the development of our Master Plan for English Learners, adopted by the SRCS school board in February of 2009.  The task force will now shift its focus to help guide the implementation of the master plan, with a focus on K - 12 articulation and program coordination.               

                                                  Calendar of Meetings

2019-2020 School Year


Central Services Meeting Room

4:00 - 5:30 pm


Sept 12, 2019

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Oct. 10, 2019

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Nov. 7, 2019

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Dec. 5, 2019

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Jan. 9, 2020

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Feb. 6, 2020

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Mar. 5, 2020

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May 7, 2020

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