School Council Information - 2020 - 2021

 

School Councils

The School Council is a mandatory advisory body for schools across Ontario. The purpose of a School Council is, through the active participation of parents, to improve pupil achievement and to enhance the accountability of the education system to parents(Reg. 612/2.1) .

Membership consists of:

  • elected parents,

  • teacher(s),

  • Principal/Vice Principal,

  • support staff,

  • community representative(s),

  • secondary school students, (elementary where appropriate);and

  • representative from the Ontario Home and School Association, if such a group exists in the school. (Reg. 612/3.8)

The School Council advises the Principal and the Board on a variety of issues and activities relating to student achievement, curriculum goals and priorities, school budget priorities, school safety, renovation plans, after school activities, and criteria for selection of new principals.

The Ministry of Education has produced a document entitled School Councils: A Guide For Members, to assist parents and administrators in participating in, supporting and managing school councils.

According to Regulation 613 a school Principal shall:

  • Act as a resource person to the school council, and assist the council in obtaining information relevant to its functions, including information relating to relevant legislation and policies. (Reg. 613/20)

Solicit the views of the school council with respect to:

  • School policies and guidelines that relate to student achievement or to the accountability of the education system to parents
  • A local code of conduct and a local student dress code
  • New education initiatives that relate to students or to the accountability of the education system to parents
  • School action plans for improvement based on EQAO results and communication of those plans to the public. (Reg. 613/1-3)
  • Consider each recommendation made by the council and advise the council of the action taken in response to the recommendation. (Reg. 613/18)

  • Distribute the school council's annual report to every parent/guardian and post it in an accessible location. (Reg. 613/24.3)

  • Distribute materials intended for school councils from the Ministry of Education to school council members and post them in an accessible location. (Reg. 613/12.1)

  • Give written notice of the elections to parents at least 14 days before the election and post such notice in an accessible location. (Reg. 612/6 & 7)

  • Attend every meeting of the school council. (Reg. 613/3.16)

Review Regulation 612-school council guidelines and Regulation 613-Principals by reviewing School Councils: A Guide for Members

 

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