School Community Councils

School Community Councils develop shared responsibility for the learning success and well-being of all children and youth thus encouraging and facilitating parent and community engagement. They are:

Collaborative relationships in which the partners have shared objectives, resources, commitment and responsibilities. Respectful and supportive of the well-being and education of young people. Of benefit to schools by bringing additional people and resources to strengthen the learning program.

The process of creating a better education system requires input and involvement of all partners.  This also encourages and by parents and community members.

Six types of Community-School Involvement:·

  • Parenting·
  • Communicating·
  • Volunteering·
  • Learning at Home·
  • Collaboration with Community·
  • Decision Making

Parent/Community/School Partnerships are...
Mutually beneficial relationships designed to enhance learning opportunities for students or instructional support for teachers.

Provincial legislation sets out the broad framework within which School Community Councils contribute to student learning and well-being. At the School Division level, Boards of Education create policy that established in more detail how the Councils are formed, relate to the School and Division and undertake their responsibilities.

School Community Council Handbook (click to download Handbook): This Handbook is for School Community Councils, Principals, Boards of Education and the Administration of School Divisions. Assisting Councils to understand their role and fulfill their responsibilities is the main focus of the Handbook. Each Chapter of the Handbook provides background information, suggestions and examples for School Community Councils to use as they become established as a new and important feature of public education.  Appendices include additional suggestions, procedures, forms and examples.

 

Frequently asked Questions about School Community Councils (SCC's)

Whom can I contact regarding the school community council in my school?

The chair of the SCC and your school principal are good people to contact. You may also contact the school division office and ask to speak to the person responsible for SCCs in your school division.

Does every school require a school community council?

Provincial law (The Education Act, Section 140.1) requires that each school must be represented by a SCC. This ensures that both urban and rural families and communities across the province have the same opportunities to participate in school planning and improvement processes.

Some communities may find that one council can effectively serve more than one school.  Provisions in the The Education Act, 1995 (Sections 140.2 - 140.4) allow for amalgamation or separation of SCCs.  However, regardless of separation or amalgamation, each school must be represented by a SCC.

Who is responsible for providing support to SCCs?

School divisions are responsible for providing orientation, training and development for SCCs. Every school division must have at least one senior administrative employee who is responsible for the SCCs within the school division.  Boards of education develop policies for SCCs. As well, boards establish two-way communication processes with SCCs. This strengthens both boards and SCCs in their ability to make a difference in the learning and well-being of students.

Have SCCs replaced all of the committees and councils that have previously operated in schools?

SCCs have replaced all district (local) boards of trustees and local school advisory committees that were previously provided for in legislation.

Do some schools still have a home and school association or parent council as well as a SCC?

Although some schools continue to have home and school associations or parent councils, the majority of schools do not have these groups.  In some cases, SCCs have established complementary groups or sub-committees to work on portions of the Learning Improvement Plan (LIP) or to concentrate on other activities, such as fundraising.

How do SCCs differ from the home and school associations, parent councils or district boards that were previously associated with my school?

While SCCs may be involved in some or all of the activities that have always occurred at the school level, the key difference in every SCC is the mandated responsibility to:

  • understand the community's needs, objectives and resources to support learning;
  • participate in the development and implementation of a Learning Improvement Plan;
  • participate in training and development to build its own capacity; and,
  • communicate annually about its plans, activities and accomplishments.
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