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Opportunities for Parent Involvement in the BWDSB               pdf.png  Download This Information

Type of involvement
(All are beneficial!)
Who to contact
Relevant policies/links
Supporting my child at home
Reading together, being interested in what’s happening at school,  valuing school and schoolwork, providing homework support, etc.
Your child’s teacher(s) Other parents  
Ontario Ministry of Education - Parent Resources

Council of Ontario Directors of Education – Parent Toolkits

People for Education – Parent Resources

TVO Parents – Parent resources
Attending classroom and school events
Concerts, performances, meet the teacher nights, open houses, parent information nights  
Your child’s teacher(s) Your school principal
Communications with my child’s teacher(s)
Can include: interviews; phone calls; e-mails; attending meetings regarding Individual Education Plans, etc. as required. Can be initiated by parents and teachers.
Your child’s teacher(s)
BWDSB Policy: Communications

BWDSB Administrative Procedure: Communication – Addressing Parent/Community Concerns 
Volunteering/ Coaching/ Guest speaking  
Can include: regular ongoing commitment in the classroom, library, or breakfast club; accompanying field trips and excursions; coaching sports; and, guest speaking.  
Your child’s teacher(s) Your school principal Other teachers
BWDSB Administrative Procedure: Volunteer Program

BWDSB Administrative Procedure: Volunteers Screening
Raising funds for capital improvements, class trips, etc.
Your child’s teacher(s) Your school principal
BWDSB Policy: Fund-raising in Schools

BWDSB Policy: Donations

BWDSB Administrative Procedure: Purchasing – Donated Assets
Participating on the Home and School Association
Several Bluewater DSB schools have independent Home and School Associations which undertake activities to support education. Individual members pay an annual membership fee to the umbrella Federation of Home and School Associations.
Your school principal  Your Home and School Association
Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations

BWDSB Policy: Home and School
Participating on School Council as a parent representative
Every school in Ontario is mandated to have a School Council (with parent, teacher, student, community, and non-teaching staff representatives who work to: a) improve pupil achievement through the promotion of parental and community participation in the education process; b) act in an advisory capacity to the school principal and where appropriate the Board; c) provide parents and students with a more responsible and active role in education programs and services; and, d) enhance the accountability of the education system to parents.  
Your School Council chairperson Your school principal
BWDSB Website – School Councils

BWDSB Policy: School Community Council

BWDSB Procedure: School Community Council

Ontario Ministry of Education – School Council Guide, Tips for School Councils

Council of Ontario Directors of Education – Parent Engagement resources
Participating on the school board’s Parent Involvement Committee as a parent representative
The mandate of the PIC is to: support, encourage, and enhance meaningful parent engagement at the board level; to improve student achievement and well-being; provide information and advice to the board on parent engagement; communicate with and support school councils; and, undertake activities to help parents support their children’s learning at home and at school.
The school board office  Your PIC co-chairs  
Ministry of Education - PIC Factsheet

Ministry of Education – PIC Handbook

BWDSB Website – Parent Involvement Committee

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