Superintendent's Student Advisory Council (SSAC)
The Superintendent's Student Advisory Council (SSAC) is a district committee made up of student leaders from each high school in San Juan Unified. The purpose is to develop and propose student identified initiatives to the Superintendent that amplify student voice and create positive change on our campuses. Students meet monthly with the Superintendent to discuss issues they feel are important to individual campuses and the district as a whole. Members of the SSAC are asked to serve as advocates for all students.
Students from grades 9-12 are eligible to be members and will serve as a representative of their school. The students who participate on the SSAC will serve as a liaison between their school and the district.
The purpose of the SSAC is to provide the Superintendent and senior staff members feedback on ways that the District could improve students' overall experiences in our schools and provide two-way communication between the Superintendent and the students.
During the 2017-2018 school year, SSAC focused on identifying the social-emotional and academic needs of high school students in SJUSD through a SSAC created Survey.
During the 2018-2019 school year, SSAC focused on identifying barriers to communication on our campuses and potential solutions such as a school specific branded student app. All of our high schools now have their own app!
During the 2019-2020 school year, SSAC focused on supporting the social-emotional needs of teens by creating a "Find Your Trusted Adult" campaign. Unfortunately, due to COVID, they were unable to complete that campaign. Many students have also participated in youth voice listening sessions for the purpose of gaining student perspectives on various topics.
During the 2020-2021 school year, SSAC established a San Juan Student podcast, a SSAC scholarship for graduating seniors, and offered a Student Speakers Series on how students were dealing with the impact of COVID.
During the 2021-2022 school year, SSAC focused on taking a closer look at the district dress code and the potential for an updated version.
During the 2022-2023 school year, SSAC worked on making college and career resources more student accessible as well as provided input on multiple district wide initiatives.