At HCDSB, we are proud of the vibrant partnership that exists between home and school. We know that children do best at school when their parents are engaged in their education, and so we encourage parents and guardians to explore the various ways they can become more involved in their child’s learning and in the life of the school.
One of the best ways to get involved is by joining your Catholic School Council.
Catholic School Councils – What are they?
Catholic school councils are legally constituted bodies of elected and appointed representatives of the local school community established for the purposes of developing, encouraging and promoting activities which will enhance the quality of school programs and improve the levels of student achievement.
School Council elections usually occur by September 30th annually, depending on the individual school.
To be eligible, a person must be a parent of a pupil who is enrolled in the school at which the position is being sought and must meet the requirements of Ontario Regulation 330/10 of the Education Act.
Interested candidates should contact the Principal at their local Catholic school.
Benefits of a Catholic School Council?
- Catholic school councils increase local involvement in the education process and subsequently improve teaching and learning within our schools.
- Catholic school councils ensure the shared responsibility and collaborative undertaking of the Catholic Education of our children by parents, schools, parish and community.
- Catholic school councils enable all of our partners to work with education professionals to set the future direction of the school, identify education priorities and determine strategies for achieving goals.
- Catholic school councils serve as a vital link between all of our partners and the School Board.
- Catholic school councils, through commitment and creativity, will generate a strong community spirit. Community spirit makes a school more than just a building – it creates a learning environment where students feel the commitment of fellow students, principal and staff, clergy, community and families. This shared commitment will make the common goal a reality.
- A school council is entitled to hold its meetings at the school.
- All members of each Catholic school council shall take an oath to respect, promote and uphold the teachings and values of the Catholic faith and the Board’s Mission Statement and Governing Values.
- The Catholic school council shall be the official advisory group to the principals and/or the Board, and shall advance advice in writing.
- The school principal and, or the Board shall respond in writing to all advice advanced by the local Catholic school council, under Ontario Regulation 330/10.
- Membership on the Catholic school council must include the following:
- Parents/guardians (who must constitute a majority of the members of the school council)
- School principal
- Teacher representative (selected by teaching staff of the school)
- Non-teaching staff representative (selected by non-teaching staff of the school)
- Parish representative (selected by the parish)
- Secondary school student representative (secondary schools only)
- Community representative.
- Membership on the Catholic school council may include the following:
- An elementary pupil (appointed by the principal after consultation with the school council), as per Ontario Regulation 330/10.
- An association member, as per Ontario Regulation 330/10.
- All members of the Catholic school council must be Catholic.
- Notwithstanding the above, in addition to the membership requirements of Ontario Regulation 330/10, provision may be made by a Catholic school council for the election of up to two (2) non-Catholic parents/guardians of Catholic children attending said school.
- The chair and/or co-chairs of the Catholic school council must be Catholic.
The Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) is a group of parents, trustees and Board staff who support parent engagement and serve as a vital link in Catholic education amongst the home, school, parish community.