Each SCC consists of 3 types of members:
1. Representative members are parents/caregivers or community members. There are 5-9
representative members, a majority of whom must be parents/caregivers.
Representative members will be elected for a 2 year term at an annual
meeting. There is no restriction on the number of consecutive terms. Half
of the members will be elected each year.
2. Permanent members are the school's principal and one teacher. They are non-voting
3. Appointed Members. Schools that offer Grade 10, 11 and 12 courses also have the
opportunity to have one or two students appointed to Council. They are
appointed for a one year term and will be voting members. The Council can
recommend to the Board of Education that it appoint other members from the
community for a one year term.
What do SCCs accomplish?
are an integral, purposeful and
valued component of school division governance. They develop a
shared responsibility for learning success and the well-being of our
and youth. Their primary purpose is to encourage and facilitate
parent/caregiver & community engagement in school planning and
Educational studies demonstrate thaat there are many benefits to community involvement in schools:
- Students see improved marks &
graduation rates, increased involvement in classroom activities, a
more positive attitude towards homework, higher attendance rates and greater enrollment in post-secondary education.
- Parents/Caregivers benefit from enhanced communication between with administrators
and teachers, more opportunities for learning activities in the home
and a better understanding of how schools operate.
- Community benefits with increased cost-effectiveness, thanks to the pooling of time, money and effort, and strengthened community
pride through involvement in the school’s achievements.
What are their responsibilities?
SCCs are intended to enhance parent and community
involvement in the education of today’s youth. They work
collaboratively with the school to improve student learning and well
being. Their responsibilities include the following:
the community (in statistical terms, where possible)
- Collaborating on Learning Improvement Plans with school and division staff
- Providing advice to the school, Board and other agencies, advocating for their school and community
- Taking initiative to engage the community around the school’s goals
- Reviewing the fees and fundraising of the school to provide a community perspective
- Must be prepared to attend regular meetings. The council must
meet at least eight times a year, plus an annual meeting. Monthly meetings will
likely be the norm
All of this supports parent/caregiver and community involvement in the school.
Why should I become involved?
You'll want to become involved in your SCC if you say "yes" to one or more of the
- Are you interested in the education of the children
in this school?
- Are you willing to stand for election for a 1 or 2 year term?
- Are you able to attend meetings on a regular basis?
- Do you have ideas about how to involve parents and the community in the school?
- Do you have experience, talents or skills that would help the work of the council?
"How can I become involved?"
can become involved in SCCs through 2 easy
1. Come to a Community Information
Meeting at your school.
Accept a nomination for a Council position. If there are less than 9
nominees, you will be acclaimed for a 1-2 year term. If there
are more than nine nominees, an election will be held.
You can find
out more about School Community Councils, the dates for the Community
Information Meetings and the first Annual Meeting by contacting your