provide advice to the principal and school board. Every school must have a school council. Members include: parents, the principal, a teacher, a student (in secondary schools), a non-teaching staff member, and a community representative. The majority of members must be parents and the chair must be a parent. Principals do not vote on school council decisions.
School councils are governed by Ontario Regulation 612
. Under Section 2(1), the purpose of the school council is “through the active participation of parents, to improve pupil achievement and to enhance the accountability of the education system to parents.”
School councils are responsible for:
- sharing information with parents and the community, and seeking their input on matters the school council is discussing
- providing advice to the principal and school board on topics, such as: school year calendars, strategies to improve school performance, codes of conduct and dress, curriculum priorities, safe arrival programs, community use of schools and community programs provided at the school, selection criteria for principals, and school board policies that will affect the school
Many school councils are also actively involved in organizing social events for the school community and fundraising. School council meetings are open to everyone in the community. You do not have to be a member of the school council to attend.
Recommended Reading: School Councils: A Guide for Members