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School Council and Principal Advisory Committee (PAC)

School Council and Principal Advisory Committee (PAC)

Are you looking for an avenue to participate in the education system at Northland School Division (NSD)? Contact your local school to become a School Council or Principal Advisory Committee member! We believe the contributions from School Councils and Principal Advisory Committees will help make NSD the best education system for our students. 

What is School Council

School councils are structured groups of parents, principals, teachers, secondary students and community representatives who work together to effectively support and enhance student learning. They provide a means for members of the school community to consult with and provide advice to the principal and the school board.

The Government of Alberta recognizes the value of parents and the community to be engaged in the education of children, and requires school councils in every school operated by a school board in Alberta. It is through school council that parents, community members and school staff have a means of participating in decisions that impact student learning success.

A school council is a vehicle to support meaningful parental involvement in decisions that affect the school and its operations. School council provides the venue for parents to reflect the wishes of the broader community for the education of its students and to actively participate in giving advice and support to the principal in the operations of the school.

Core Activities:

  • advises the principal and Northland School Division’s Board of Trustees on education issues that pertain to the school;
  • establishes & reviews school council’s goals, objectives, action plans and procedures;
  • communicates and consults with parents and community members;
  • meets regularly.

Established school councils:

  • focus on what is best for all students in the school;
  • consider the interests of all school stakeholders;
  • maintain and reflect the culture of the school;
  • represent the parent voice in the school community.

Click here to view What is School Council brochure. 

Click here to view the School Council Reference Guide. 

Click here to view School Councils Regulation.

Click here to view information about School Councils within the School Act (Section 22). 

Principal Advisory Committee (PAC)

As of September 14, 2017, the Board of Trustees mandate the formation of a Principal Advisory Committee (PAC) in the circumstance that a School Council is unable to form; or a PAC is preferred. A PAC has the the same opportunities and involvement as a school council would as per the School Act and the School Council Regulations. 

If you have any questions please contact your local school https://nsd61.ca/schools