Frequently Asked Questions

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What does the Durham Catholic Parent Involvement Committee do?

  • Supports parent involvement at the regional level;
  • Acts as a link between parents with the school board's director of education and trustees;
  • Seeks the advice and ideas of school councils, other parents and partners;
  • Advises the school board on topics that matter to parents; and
  • Plans and implements strategies to involve more parents at the regional level.

Who sits on the Parent Involvement Committee?

  • Majority of the PIC is made up of Parents (Up to 16 Parent Members which include the officers);
  • A Parent is the Chair;
  • Director of Education (or Designate);
  • A Trustee (or designate trustee); 
  • Community Representatives (up to 3 members);
  • School Principals/Vice Principals (maximum one from elementary and one from secondary);
  • Teaching Staff (maximum one from elementary and one from secondary); and
  • A Non-Teaching Employee of the Board.

How do I get on the Parent Involvement Committee?

  • Must be a parent or guardian of a student currently enrolled in one of our schools;
  • You can be nominated or nominate yourself during election time - usually held in October. Elections are held each year; and
  • Contact the board office, your principal or school council or contact us.

Who makes up the Executive members in the Parent Involvement Committee?

  • Chair;
  • Vice-chair;
  • Secretary; and
  • Past Chair (Only if they are still a Parent Member).

What is the difference between a school council and the Parent Involvement Committee?

School councils focus on the local school and community. Parent Involvement Committees focus on things that affect more than one school. They also discuss issues that matter to parents across the school board.

How many times does the Parent Involvement Committee meet? When and where?

We meet once a month, from September to June, of each school year. We also meet once or twice over the summer to plan for the upcoming school year. The monthly meetings are held at the Catholic Education Centre on a weeknight from 7 pm - 9 pm (unless otherwise noted). For the exact dates, please check our meeting dates on this website.

For the exact dates, view our meetings calendar.

I have a question or concern regarding my child's education - who should I call?

Education is a shared experience involving the home and the school and it can be strengthened by open communication between the two. Should a concern about your child's education arise, follow these steps:

Step 1: Contact the classroom teacher and discuss the situation. As a parent or guardian, your child's teacher is always recommended as the first point of contact. If unable to help you directly, he or she will seek to advise you on whom to contact for further information.

Step 2: If the situation has not been resolved contact the Principal and request help in dealing with the matter.

Step 3: If necessary contact the Superintendent in charge of the school involved. Call 905-576-6150 and ask for the name of the superintendent for your child's school.

Step 4: If necessary contact the Director of Education at 905-576-6150 ext. 2317

Step 5: If necessary and if the situation has not been resolved contact your local Trustee.

 

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