Parent and Community Involvement
Topic: Parent and Community Involvement
Issue Date: 29/06/2015
Effective Date: 21/12/2007
Review Year: 2012
- Principals shall:
- create, facilitate, communicate, and encourage opportunities for meaningful parent and community involvement in school matters, including opportunities to provide advice on the development of the school's mission, vision, philosophy, internal policies, annual education plans, annual results reports and budget;
- provide school councils with provincial test results and measures, an interpretation of those results and measures, and access to public information, such as minutes of board meetings;
- foster staff acceptance, understanding, and co-operation in matters relating to parent and community involvement;
- facilitate the formation of and support for school councils in accordance with Section 22 of the School Act and as outlined in Alberta Education's Alberta School Council Resource Manual (also see: School Act Alberta Regulation 113/2007 - School Councils Regulation);
- facilitate communications about and support parent participation in the Parents as Partners program, which offers opportunities for local school councils, parents, trustees and district staff to interact with each other;
- establish guidelines for the involvement of volunteers in the school; the District as a local public body is governed by Alberta's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act; it is important that volunteers be informed about and agree to the confidentiality requirements regarding personal information of students, staff and parents;
- ensure that parents have access to information about the progress of their children, and about budgets and programs in the school and the District; and
- provide parents and community members with information regarding appeal procedures.
- Communications shall:
Respond to community groups seeking district endorsement of community activities or projects.
Community groups are asked to prepare an application, no longer than two pages in length that provides the following information:
- Name, address and contact information of the community group making the request.
- Type of endorsement being requested, including details on how the referral letter will be used and where the Edmonton Public Schools' logo will appear.
- Specific timeframe in which the referral letter and/or District's logo will be used.
- Brief description of the activity or project endorsement is being requested for, including specific target dates, budget and anticipated results.
- Details of how the activity or project is aligned with the District's mission, priorities and mandate.
- List of current funding sources.
- Applications are to be sent to the attention of the Director of Communications at:
Edmonton Public Schools
Centre for Education, One Kingsway
Edmonton, Alberta T5H 4G9
- Applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis and must be submitted to the Director of Communications by 12:00 noon on September 1, December 1, March 1 or June 1.
- All applications will be reviewed by a committee of six district stakeholder representatives and replied to in writing within 60 days of the submission deadline.
- Those community groups who submit successful applications to use the Edmonton Public Schools' logo must agree to follow the District's Visual Identity Guidelines.
AA.BP Stakeholder RelationsAB.AR Appeal ProcessesCO.BP Fiscal Oversight and AccountabilityDIBA.AR Liability Insurance of Volunteer DriversEKB.AR Maintenance and Upgrading of School BuildingsGI.AR Teaching and Learning ResourcesGICA.AR Field TripsFreedom of Information and Protection of Privacy ActAlberta Education - Alberta School Council Resource ManualSchool Act - Alberta Regulation 113/2007 - School Councils RegulationSchool Act
(please see Section 22 of the School Act)