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School Councils

Recent Communication to School Councils 


School Council Operations - COVID-19 Reopening

Parent/Caregiver engagement and partnership remains a high priority for TDSB schools. 

As the TDSB implements the return to school plan, staff is focusing collective efforts on the continuation of learning and the well-being of students and staff while doing our best to stay connected to family/caregivers and School Councils. 

We recognize that it is not business as usual for anyone and that some families may face barriers to their participation in School Council meetings and other activities. We must try to balance these different realities in our approach as School Councils engage in activities this school year. 

TDSB staff and the Parent and Community Engagement Office (PCEO) acknowledge the work of the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) in supporting School Councils and schools in developing a common understanding and direction of School Council continuation and operations. 

With these important considerations in mind, the following protocols are effective immediately for School Councils:

Communication

SC Messenger and ZOOM will be provided by TDSB during the month of September for School Councils to enable School Council Chairs/Co-Chairs/Vice Chairs an opportunity to become oriented with the tools;

  • Principals are asked to activate the TDSB’s School Council Chair/Co-Chair/Vice Chair email account to ensure their access to the Council’s Zoom license and Messenger. Instructions to do so can be found at: http://tdsbweb.tdsb.on.ca/principals_site/Parent-and-Community-Engagement/School-Councils;
  • Protocols for School Messenger usage by School Councils will be posted on the Principal’s page under Parent and Community Engagement;
  • Principals will continue to facilitate School Council meetings using Google or Zoom. Councils will use the School Council Zoom account to facilitate executive, working group meetings as well as for community networking.

Meetings 

School Council executive and working group meetings may be held;

School Council meetings may be held or postponed until October, 2020; 

The existing School Council membership remains in office until the date of the first meeting of the School Council after the elections (under Education Act, O. Reg. 612/00: School Councils and Parent Involvement Committees);

School Council meetings should be held virtually given the new protocols on numbers allowed to meet in person. Further guidelines will follow.

Elections

With 14 days’ notice, elections of parent members of School Council will be held within 30 days after school re-opening, which will be by the week of October 19, 2020 where feasible;

  • Virtual school parents/caregivers are eligible to be members of their home School Council.  They are eligible to hold executive positions (e.g. voting membership, chair, etc.);
  • All other election/appointment of School Council non-parent/caregiver members may be held in the same timeline;
  • Notifications for Council elections and nominations process may now begin;
  • Schools are required to ensure that all families are informed of the School Council elections. Notice may be provided via School Messenger (phone/e-mail, virtual school newsletters, posting on website, flyers posted on school door or fence etc.). All efforts possible to notify parent/caregivers must be made although the challenges of the current Covid context may preclude paper distributions to students;
  • Election notification must include a nomination form (Virtual School) or email/call-in nomination process with  set  date/time for the opening and the closing of nominations, date/time of the elections and the process for casting ballots. 

Fundraising

All School Council fundraising except for the School Cash Online and online donation module and in-kind donations in compliance with TDSB fundraising policies and procedures, will be postponed until November 1, 2020.  Information on cash online donation can be found at: https://tdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/457/153/false/true;

For safety reasons, TDSB cannot allow fundraising for HEPA air filters; HVAC related items. The rentals and or purchase of tents is also not permissible at this time;

It is important to note that the TDSB has been working over the summer to review building ventilation and filtration systems and is implementing a number of strategies to improve ventilation in our schools and to increase the volume of fresh air to the maximum extent possible;

We continue to follow our practice which prohibits fundraising for anything the government would typically cover. In the coming weeks, we will be providing additional guidelines to help support schools and School Councils with regards to fundraising.

During these unprecedented times, we are called upon to act and to pivot where necessary to respond to our changing environment.

 

 

School Councils are an excellent way for you to get involved in your child’s education. Every TDSB school has an elected School Council. Your School Council is an important forum for involving parents/family and community in matters that impact the education of students.

 

Diverse Family Working Together

 

 

 

 


 

PCEO
School Council Webinars

The Parent and Community Engagement Office is offering three webinars for school councils to help you better understand school councils, bylaws and school council effectiveness. The webinars will take place on the dates and time below. All webinars will be available via YouTube. Links to the live webinar stream will be posted on this page on their respective dates listed below:

School Council 2020 2021 Planning
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
6:30 P.M

School Council Effectiveness
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
7:00 P.M

School Council Bylaws
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
7:00 P.M

Basics of School Councils
Thursday, February 28, 2019
7:00 P.M

Our Mission
To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and well-being
and to acquire the knowledge, skills
and values they need to become responsible, contributing members of
a democratic and sustainable society.
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