Yuri Calderon Attorney | What Works Best?: Cold Spring School District LCAP Survey Provides Insight on School Communication

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The Cold Spring School District is committed to creating learning environments that focus on the “whole child” and count on the parent’s engagement to advance objectives. In the development of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), the district highlighted efforts to create bridges of communication across the school community.

The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a tool for local educational agencies to set goals, plan actions, and leverage resources to meet those goals to improve student outcomes. Cold Spring School District received a total grant award of $11,215 in Supplemental Grant funding from the State of California as part of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

Cold Spring’s LCAP describes how teachers, staff, students, advisory committee, parents, and the community were involved in the development and update of the plan. As part of the LCAP policy, parents took an Annual Parent LCAP Survey to discuss the ongoing communication and opportunities for school involvement. Results stated 100% of the 114 parents, employees, and community members surveyed during the 2020-2021 school year Strongly Agreed/Agreed that information shared through the program ParentSquare keeps them informed.

“Our district regularly reaches out to parents through ParentSquare, an application that provides direct information and school updates to parents and guardians,” says Amy Alzina, Superintendent, Cold Spring School District. “Tools such as ParentSquare have been critical in sharing messages without delay, even more so within the pandemic-affected academic year. Cold Spring has seen increased parent involvement, which has been efficient in supporting our students’ well-rounded education.”

“Our communication strategies have contributed greatly toward the effectiveness of our LCAP goals,” says Yuri Calderon, Chief Business Officer, Cold Spring School District. “We thank our parents, teachers, community members, and stakeholders for being engaged and active with Cold Spring’s decision-making.”

Stakeholder collaboration includes LCAP Advisory Committee/School Site Council, teachers and Staff, SELPA Consultation, Board Meeting Updates, Principal Coffee/Community Meetings, LCAP Community Survey, and Student Council. A team effort is for the benefit of the students.