The Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) serves an advisory role to the principal. Here are printable guidelines.
From the DCPS LSAT page:
LSATs are an integral part of ensuring strong connections within every local school community.
The Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) is a group of elected and appointed members that exists for every DCPS school. The team (formerly the Local School Restructuring Teams) consists of parents, teachers, non-instructional school staff, a community member, and in some cases students, to advise the principal on matters that promote high expectations and high achievement for all students.
The Purpose of Local School Advisory Teams
Every District of Columbia public school must have a functioning Local School Advisory Team that is constituted according to these guidelines, and that conducts the business outlined herein. At this writing, the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act requires each Title I school to have a School Improvement Team. The Local School Advisory Team in each DCPS Title I school may serve as its school’s School Improvement Team (SIT). This has been deemed acceptable and in compliance with the ESEA by the DCPS Office of Federal Grants and Programs. Alternatively, the LSAT and the principal shall collaborate to determine the composition of the School Improvement Team (SIT).
For more information about LSAT membership and operating principles, view the Local School Advisory Team Guidelines and FAQs. These documents are also available in Spanish, French, Amharic, Chinese and Vietnamese.
The Office of Family and Public Engagement has also developed a brief three-part, online training series to provide LSAT members with further guidance about their roles and responsibilities.
Part 1: Purpose of the LSAT
Part 2: LSAT Composition and Elections
Part 3: LSAT Frequently Asked Questions
LSAT meeting minutes are to be made public within 20 school days of the meeting. Any private or personnel matters may be redacted.