School councils have a legislated role at their schools and are there to ensure the best possible education for students. Our school councils are comprised of democratically elected representatives of our parent community. Together, they:
- focus on student learning and the best interest of all students,
- provide a forum through which parents and other members of school communities can contribute to improving student achievement and school performance,
- make recommendations to the school principal and the Board on any matter they see impacting accountability and academic excellence and;
- serve as a communication and information channel between the school and community
School Council Elections
Parents or guardians of a student enrolled in a Hamilton-Wentworth school can vote in an election and run for a position. Call your child’s school for more information on nominations and elections.
Parents/guardians of a student attending one of our schools can vote in a school council election and run as a parent member. Parents can nominate themselves by completing a nomination ballot and returning it to the school. Contact your school’s principal for a nomination ballot.
Every year, the school council will elect a chair from the parent members. The chair is responsible for facilitating meetings and accurately representing the school council’s position on issues. The council may also elect a co-chair, vice-chair, secretary or treasurer.
Term of Office
Council terms for elected and appointed positions are for a one-year term. Members can seek re-election each subsequent year and the executive positions may be limited by individual school council constitutions.
- Ontario Regulation 612/00, School Council Regulation
- Ontario Regulation 613/00, a regulation to amend #298
- View the Ministry’s backgrounder on these regulations.
Supports for School Councils
- School Council Handbook (revised November 2020)
- School Councils: A Guide for Members
- Parent Involvement Committee at HWDSB
- Parents Reaching Out (PRO) grants
- 2020-21 School Council Start Up Virtual Session Recording (HWDSBtv)
- Email Overview for School Council Chairs
- School Council Bylaw Toolkit
- School Council Bylaws Worksheet – fillable PDF (save to computer before editing)
- Cannabis Information Document SMHA-CAMH
- Secure Schools
- Parent Engagement Policy
- Strategic Directions
- Resolving Concerns at HWDSB
- School Council 101 Presentation
- School Council Bylaws Presentation PP, School Council Bylaws Presentation PDF
- School Council Communications PP, School Council Communications PDF
- School Council Elections Presentation PP, School Council Elections Presentation PDF
- School Council Fundraising Presentation PP, School Council Fundraising Presentation PDF