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School Councils 

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Every school has a  school council—a committee of elected parents, community representatives, staff and sometimes students. School councils have an advisory role. They help to provide the community voice and parent perspective on important school topics.  

Why join school council?  
  
Serving on school council is a way to have a d​​irect ​and positive impact on your child’s educational experience. Research shows that when parents are involved in their child’s education, the level of student achievement increases. 

How do I get involved?  
 
School council meetings are open to the public, so anyone can attend meetings without being an elected member of school council. 
 
School council elections take place each fall. 
 
For more information about joining school council, speak to your principal or a current school council member. Attending meetings is a great way to learn about the work of school council before running for election.  

Boost your school council's effectiveness  

School council members are elected to represent the school community. School council isn’t the location to address individual concerns. School councils discuss broader topics, like the School Learning Plan, new programs or initiatives, student well-being, student achievement, and school-wide fundraising activities.  

Learn more to improve your effectiveness

The Parent Involvement Committee runs an annual orientation event for school council members. This is a chance to get to know your Parent Involvement Committee representative, meet other school council members, gather important information and ask questions. ​
 
Check out these resources

The Ministry of Education School Council Guide has tips and tools to help you run effective meetings and support student success through parent involvement. 

The SCDSB Fundraising Resource Guideguidebook was developed to support fundraising. It includes:
  • information and ideas regarding fundraising opportunities
  • details on policies that apply to school fundraising activities
  • ideas to promote healthy fundraising
Top 10 Toolkit for School Councils 
The Parent Involvement Committee developed this Top 10 Toolkit to assist school council members with the activities they perform each year.​

Policy 4310 - School Councils ​ 

APM 7200 - School Council  

Planning Parent Engagement: A Guidebook for Parents and Schools
This guidebook, produced by the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE), provides examples of useful exercises and techniques to help increase parental engagement and support.

Parent Tool Kit: What parents can do to help their child succeed in school
This tool kit, also produced by CODE, provides ideas for families to use as they support learning at school and at home.

Parents Reaching Out Grants
Ontario's Parents Reaching Out grants encourage parent engagement at the local, regional and provincial levels. There are two types of grants: School councils can apply for Parents Reaching Out Grants for Schools; Parent organizations, Parent Involvement Committees (PICs), school boards, non-profit organizations and postsecondary institutions can apply for Parents Reaching Out Grants for Regional/Provincial Projects.



 

 
 
  
 
Every school council chair has an SCDSB email address  

Board staff and the Parent Involvement Committee share information and opportunities for school councils through the @scdsb.on.ca school council email addresses.

Using the board-provided email address makes it easy to archive school council communication and activities, since the account is passed to the next chairperson. 

If you are a school council chair and you don't know your @scdsb.on.ca scho​​ol council email address or are having trouble accessing it, please speak to your principal. 
 
 
View a list of School Council Chair email addresses.  

View our 
instruction sheet for setting up your email on your iPhone or iPad.