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School Councils


School councils were established in 1995, to increase parent and community involvement in the education of children in Alberta. Public schools, including charter schools, are required to attempt to establish school councils.

Council Membership

Each school council must include the following members: school principal, teacher(s), parents of students enrolled in the school, student(s) (high schools only)

Parents must form the majority of members. Individual school councils may also decide to include as members one or more persons who are not parents of students enrolled in the school and/or one or more persons who are parents of children enrolled in an Early Childhood Services program at the school.

The School Councils' Regulation

The School Councils Regulation provide clarity and flexibility for establishing school councils to accommodate local circumstances.  It reflects what happens in existing school councils and identifies opportunities for involving parents in meaningful activities that relate to school. In addition, section 13 of the School Councils' Regulation identifies the responsibilities of school boards in relation to school councils. 

The Alberta School Councils' Association (ASCA)

ASCA provides school councils with a wealth of resources and information, which can all be found on the ASCA website, including the School Council Resources Guide, a digital publication that is updated each summer. As PWPSD pays for each school council to be a member of ASCA, any resource located in the Members Only section of their website is available. School Council Chairs should complete the organization's contact form to receive full access to the information. 
If you'd like to received ASCA's monthly newsletter, you can subscribe on their website.

PWPSD General School Councils' Meetings

Through school councils, Albertans have the opportunity to advise the principal and the school board respecting any matter relating to the school. Aside from regular meetings at their schools, the School Council Chair and Secretary/Treasurer are invited to participate in annual Council of School Council General Meetings. 

PWPSD moving to one General School Councils' Meeting per school year

Attendance statistics from past General School Councils' Meetings were reviewed during the Communications Committee meeting on May 16, 2019. The data revealed that the Board motion to host one meeting as a pilot in the 2018-19 school year, instead of the usual two meetings, was a success.    

The motion came from a desire to see improved attendance, and to make efficient use of parents' time.     
Going forward, PWPSD will host one meeting in the spring and will continue to cover the cost of mileage associated with one return trip per school council.

Past General School Councils' Meeting Agendas and Minutes