*Please note that at this time, in Fresno Unified School District, non-contracted volunteers and/or visitors are NOT allowed in classrooms. Due to COVID-19, we continue to limit additional exposure for students and staff in classrooms.*
The staff and administrators at Powers-Ginsburg 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 Powers-Ginsburg Parent Foundation is an organization through which parents can become involved in planning, organizing, and volunteering with school activities. The Parent Foundation sponsors fundraisers throughout the school year in order to raise funds that help support the educational program for all students, including fieldtrips, assemblies, incentives, rewards, and supplemental classroom supplies, materials, and technology. The Board of Directors generally meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:15 pm. All parents/guardians are invited to attend.
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:
- Complete the FUSD Volunteer Application Form and return it to the Powers-Ginsburg 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.
- 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.
- It is recommended, although not required, that volunteers keep Tuberculosis (TB) testing up-to-date (at your own expense).
Volunteers shall act in accordance with district and site policies and regulations.
Visitors to Campus
In order to ensure that Powers-Ginsburg is a safe and secure learning environment for students and staff, all parents, volunteers, and visitors must sign in and out through the office 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. The gate on Ashlan Avenue will be open during arrival and dismissal time. During the school day, this gate will remain locked.