English Learners

  • DELAC Meeting/DELAC Reunión:
    (District-Level English Learner Advisory Committee)

    3150 Education Drive
    Santa Rosa, CA 95407

    What is the DELAC?

    A district is required to form a DELAC if it has 51 or more English learner students. The committee is comprised of school staff, parents of English learner students, other parents and community members who are interested in English learner programs. At least 51 percent of the committee must be made up of parents of English learner students who are not employed by the district. DELAC members are elected by ELAC members at school sites.

    Advisory Duties

    The purpose of the DELAC is to advise, not govern, English learner services and programs offered by the district. As an advisory group, DELAC member duties include:

    • Developing a Master Plan for educational programs and services to English Learners.
    • Conducting a district-wide needs assessment on a school-by-school basis.
    • Establishing district program goals and objectives for English Learner Services.
    • Administrating the annual language census.
    • Reviewing and commenting on the district's reclassification procedures for English Learners.
    • Reviewing and commenting on the written notifications to be sent to parents and guardians.
    • Performing self-evaluation to determine if the DELAC is meeting its goals and appropriately representing the district's English Learners.

    The overall goal of the DELAC is to improve our English learners' acquisition of fluency in English and to help our students achieve academic success.

    DELAC Meetings

    All DELAC meetings, including subcommittees, are required by law to be open to the public. Meeting agendas must be posted in a public place a minimum of 72 hours in advance.

What parents can do at home to help?

  • Please read with your children at home and have them read to you too. Tell your children that is important and fun to read. Talk about what you read. Let them see you reading newspapers, magazines, and books.

¿Cómo pueden los padres ayudar en casa?

  • Por favor, leer con sus hijos en casa y hacer que le lea a usted también. Dígale a sus hijos que es importante y divertido de leer. Que vean que la lectura de periódicos, revistas y libros.

Director of Student Services

  • Picture of Gilda DeNiro   Gilda DeNiro
      3150 Education Drive
      Santa Rosa, CA 95407 
      Phone: 542-5197 ex 3
      Fax: 542-6127

     Assistant: Rosa Cuevas (habla espanol) 707-388-8540

     Gilda DeNiro received her BA from San Francisco State University in 1980 and three credentials which include a single subject in music, educational specialist in special education and an administrative services credential.

    Gilda grew up in San Francisco and taught music and special education with the San Francisco Unified School District for 10 years. After receiving her administrative service credential in 1993, Gilda continued as an administrator in San Francisco as an assistant principal, and principal at the elementary and middle school level. 

    Special Education was her passion and therefore left San Francisco and took on many roles as a program specialist, program coordinator in Concord, Daly City and worked at the Santa Rosa City Schools before coming to Bellevue.