B.C. parents have always found ways to support their children academically at home. Now they also have a legal right to volunteer in their children’s schools, as well as opportunities to participate in other ways.
Volunteering isn’t for everyone, but it can be a good way to get more directly involved in your children’s education. And there are a number of established groups that give parents a voice:
Parent Advisory Councils (PACs) are the official voices for parents at the school level. If you have a child in a B.C. public school, you are automatically a member of the school’s PAC. However, you do not have to actively participate unless you want to.
Another way to get involved is through your School Planning Council. This is an advisory body, in place at each school, that works with the school community (parents, students, educators, service providers, etc.) to develop a School Plan, designed to improve students’ success. School planning councils also consult with their local boards of education on issues such as staffing, resources and programs and services provided to the school.
Each School Planning Council is made up of:
- three parents
- one teacher
- the school principal, and
- in secondary schools, one student from Grade 10, 11 or 12.
At the school-district level, parents have a voice in the system through District Parent Advisory Councils, and through the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils at the provincial level.
There are also many volunteer opportunities available in schools. To find out more, contact your school directly.
For information on the Langley District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC), visit their website www.langleydpac.ca. For information on individual school PACs, contact your neighbourhood school.