|School Advisory Council|
|The fundamental purpose of School Advisory Councils (SAC) is to ensure that all students
receive the best possible learning opportunities by engaging partners in an ongoing process of
problem solving and shared decision making. CAMS SAC Members 2017-2018
Future 2017- 2018 Meeting Dates
Meeting Minutes 2015-2016
May 24th, 2016
What is a School Advisory Council?
School advisory councils (SACs) bring together teachers, support staff, parents and community members in an consultative capacity to increase the quality of education that is being provided by a school.
They are legally recognized bodies which are intended to give parents and the community a say in what goes on at a school, from policies to extra-curricular programs, fundraising and more.
The Education Act stipulates that, for public schools, a school advisory council will develop and recommend a school improvement plan to the Board and will advise on the development of school policies that promote academic excellence and a positive learning environment.
A school advisory council operates under a letter of agreement with the school board and the Department of Education which outlines the council’s composition and the responsibilities of the council, board and department.
Responsibilities of a council can include:
When there is a school advisory council in place, students benefit by seeing parents and the community take a more active role in their education. They also have more opportunities to connect the school with the broader community.
Principals, teachers and schools report that SACs result in increased support and feedback about the education process from parents and other community members, giving them a better understanding of community expectations. It also helps them gain community support for changes needed in the school.
For parent and community members of an SAC, the benefits include a better understanding of teaching, learning and the school curriculum and the opportunity to influence school priorities in a positive way.
For more information about the school advisory council in your area, and to learn how to become involved in the council, please contact the school’s principal.
From the South Shore Regional School Board’s website (http://ssrsb.ca/parents/school-advisory-councils.html)