Welcome to Westmount Secondary School’s School Council
What is a School Council?
PURPOSE OF SCHOOL COUNCILS
Under the Education Act Regulation 612 , school boards in Ontario are required to establish a School Council for each school within the board. The purpose of the School Council is “through the active participation of parents, to improve pupil achievement and to enhance the accountability of the education system to parents.
THE ROLE OF THE SCHOOL COUNCIL IS TO:
- Advise the principal and, where appropriate, the school board
- Place students’ interest first
- Support school success planning goals
- Encourage parent and community involvement
- Promote positive attitudes towards public education
Held third Monday of every month
2020-2021 Dates: Nov. 23; Jan. 18; Feb. 22; Mar 25; April 19; May 17
Time: 7 pm
Location: MS Teams Platform
To participate in meetings we will need to email a MS Teams calendar event invite. If you wish to participate, please email Sandra Cardwell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Constitution and Elections:
[A revised Constitution will be uploaded soon]
School councils are governed by Ontario Regulation 612 which sets out the purpose, membership and election requirements for school councils. Under section 2(1),
Every school must have a School Council and members include:
- Parents (must comprise the majority of the membership)
- Teacher from the school
- Student (in high schools with some provisions for student membership in elementary schools)
- Non-teaching staff member
- Community representative(s) appointed by the council
- Home and School Association representative from the school (if a Home and School Association is a partner at the school.)
School Councils have voting members:
- Chair or Co-Chairs (must be parent members)
- Other possible roles (at the discretion of the Council)
- Members (see above). Note: Once voting membership is established, School Council must have quorum to vote. Quorum is 50% of the voting membership plus one.