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.
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
The Alberta School Councils' Association (ASCA) provides a wealth of resources and information for school councils, including:
- School Council Resource Manual-gives background information on school
councils, how they should operate, and how they tie into the School Act.
It also explains school council regulations and how membership should
be set up;
- Online Community where members can network with others, stay current with news and events and join in provincial discussions;
- Workshops to enhance effectiveness and parent engagement;
PWSD 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 biannual Council of School Council General Meetings.
Upcoming Meetings for the 2016-2017 School Year
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, Sexsmith Secondary School
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Location TBA
Past General School Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes
Tuesday, April 12, 2016, Sexsmith Secondary School
Tuesday, October 27, 2015, Sexsmith Secondary School
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, Sexsmith Secondary School
Teleconference with the Minister of Education
An audio archive of past teleconferences with the Minister of Education is available online here.