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Did you know that parent involvement positively affects student success? There are many ways for you to be involved with your child’s school, or simply as a community member. You can serve on the Parent Involvement Committee, volunteer at your child’s school, and learn about School Councils. Becoming more involved has many benefits. You’ll get to know teachers, the principals, as well as other parents better. You’ll also develop skills and knowledge that could help you in your own career. Read from the topics below to find our how Trillium Lakelands District School Board wants you to be involved!

Children do better in school when their parents play an active role in their education. This can be as simple as reading each evening with your child, attending school events and functions, or participating on the School Council.

Each year, a School Council is formed by election at your child’s school. This council has the opportunity to meet regularly with the principal and to liaise between the school community and school administration.

Who can be a member of the School Council?
The School Council consists mainly of parents of students in the school. The principal, one teacher, one other staff member, and a community representative are also members of the School Council.

How can I become a member of my School Council?
Contact your school principal to find out more information about becoming a School Council member.

What resources are available to School Councils?
Parent Reaching Out (PRO) grants are your school council’s opportunity to receive the additional support for resources you need to help support student learning.

There are two types of PRO grants:

Grants for schools are available to school councils only. They can apply for grants to support initiatives that focus on reaching parents who may not be involved in their child’s school because of language barriers, unfamiliarity with the Ontario school system or other factors.

Grants for regional/provincial projects are available to parent organizations and to school boards, non-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions working in partnership with parents.

For more information on the program, please call 416-325-2929 or toll free 1-800-387-5514. For persons with a hearing disability, call 1-800-268-7095.

Where can I find more information about school councils?
The School Councils Procedure can be found at the following link:

The District School Council / Parent Involvement Committee (DSC-PIC) helps schools through School Councils to make it possible for parents to engage in their child’s education. They find ways to reduce barriers for parents who find getting involved more challenging. They also provide opportunities for parents to have a voice that will be taken into account at the Board level.

2019-2020 DSC-PIC Meetings

  • Thursday, November 21, 2019
  • Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • Thursday, May 7, 2020

These video-conference meetings will be held at the following locations:

Muskoka Education Centre, 1271 Cedar Lane, Bracebridge
Haliburton County Education Centre (formerly known as Archie Stouffer Conference Centre), 12 Vintage Crescent, Minden
Lindsay Education Centre , 300 County Road #36, Lindsay

Please contact Wendy Browne in the Director’s Office if you would like to join by teleconference.

2019-2020 Regional Chairs
City of Kawartha Lakes – Grant Boudrault 705-934-3937
District of Muskoka – Debbie Marling 705-641-0944
County of Haliburton – Jenn Sharp 705-457-6564

2018-2019 DSC-PIC Meetings

Meetings for the 2018-2019 school year will take place at 7 p.m. on the following dates:

District School Council – Parent Involvement Committee Newsletters

2017-2018 Newsletters

2016-2017 Newsletters

Parent Engagement Reporting Forms
Parent Engagement Spending  and  School Council Annual Report

Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants
PRO Grants for School Councils support projects that help identify and remove barriers to parent engagement that may prevent some parents from fully participating in their children’s learning. School councils may develop proposals individually, with other school councils, or with other groups in their school or community. Each school may apply for a maximum of $1000. To learn more about PRO grants for school councils, please visit the ministry website at:

2018-2019 PRO grants for TLDSB schools

2017-2018 PRO grants for TLDSB schools

2016-2017 PRO grants for TLDSB schools

IMPORTANT NOTE: Grant applications must be made in consultation with the school principal. The password to the online survey must be shared with the school principal and a copy of the application, and the final report if successful, sent to Wendy Browne in the Director’s Office at

PRO Grants Slide Presentation_School Councils

For more information please contact the Director’s Office at  1-888-526-5552 or 705-324-6776 extension 22118.

2017-2018 DSC-PIC Meetings

Thursday, November 16, 2017 2016-2017 Annual Report  Meeting Notes  People for Education conference: Report 1, Report 2, Report 3, Report 4
Thursday, January 18, 2018   Meeting Notes
Thursday, March 22, 2018  Meeting Notes   Parents Reaching Out Grant Application 2018
Thursday, May 10, 2018   Meeting Notes

2016-2017 DSC-PIC Meetings

Thursday, November 3, 2016  DSC-PIC 2015-2016 Annual Report    Meeting Notes
Thursday, December 1, 2016 Meeting Notes
Thursday, March 2, 2017 Meeting Notes
Thursday, May 4, 2017  Meeting Notes

2015-2016 DSC-PIC Meetings

Thursday, November 3, 2016  Meeting Notes  2014-15 DSC-PIC Annual Report
Thursday, December 3, 2015  Meeting Notes   P4E Conference Summary
Thursday, March 24, 2016 AGENDA **CANCELLED due to inclement weather**
Thursday, May 5, 2016  Meeting Notes

2014-2015 DSC-PIC Meetings

Thursday, October 30, 2014     Meeting Notes
Thursday, December 4, 2014    Meeting Notes
Thursday, February 12, 2015    Meeting Notes
Thursday, May 7, 2015               Meeting Notes

2013-2014 DSC-PIC Meetings

Thursday, October 17, 2013          Meeting Notes
Thursday, November 28, 2013    Meeting Notes
Thursday, February 6, 2014         Meeting Notes
Thursday, May 1, 2014                  Meeting Notes

Who is on the DSC-PIC?
All TLDSB School Council Chairpersons or designates; One Trustee representative from each region of the Board – all trustees are invited to attend meetings; One Principal representative from each region of the Board – all principals are invited to attend meetings; The Director of Education or designate; The Manager of the Director’s Office.

Who Chairs the DSC/PIC?
The DSC-PIC is jointly chaired by three regional chairpersons. If you are interested in the position of Regional Chair, please contact Catherine Shedden at 1-888-526-5552 or 705-324-6776 extension 22118.

Every school board in Ontario is mandated to have a Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). The role of the SEAC is to: Make representation to the Board in respect to any matter affecting the establishment, development, and delivery of special education programs and services for exceptional students of the Board.

SEAC members provide feedback and suggestions to board staff regarding programs and initiatives for students in TLDSB. SEAC membership includes trustees, community representatives (members at large) and representatives of parent associations.

To find out more about how SEAC operates, SEAC membership and the duties of our SEAC members, please view the links below.

SEAC Meetings generally occur the first Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Video conference access is available in Muskoka and Lindsay at the Education Centres. Video conference opportunities can be arranged in Minden at the Haliburton County Education Centre by request. Members of the public are welcome to attend SEAC meetings as observers, with advanced notice. Please contact the superintendent of Specialized Services office at 888-526-5552 to make arrangements.

Please note: Individual student, family or school cases and issues are not discussed at SEAC meetings. Should you have a concern or require specific support please contact your school principal or school special education resource teacher and/or follow the TLDSB steps for concern resolution.

Community associations and organizations that currently service on TLDSB SEAC include the Learning Disabilities Association of PeterboroughCommunity Living HuntsvilleCommunity Living Kawartha LakesAutism Ontario – Peterborough ChapterTourette Canada – Muskoka ChapterFASD ONE, and Five Counties Children’s Centre.

Trillium Lakelands District School Board believes and recognizes that volunteers enhance the learning experiences of our students. The Board appreciates that by engaging members of our communities, volunteers can model positive relationships, and good citizenship.

Volunteer Programs:
• Foster a strong school and community partnership.
• Enhance the quality of education.
• Expand learning activities.
• Provide innovative programs and enrichment activities using community skills and resources.
• Optimize learning opportunities for students, staff and volunteers.

There are many volunteer opportunities in our schools, these include help with:
• field trips
• breakfast programs
• reading programs
• library
• arts and crafts
• safe arrival
• special event days
• drivers
• school council
• coaches
• career day

If you are interested in volunteering at your school, please contact your school principal. For more information, view our Volunteer Policy and Procedure or download our Volunteer Brochure.

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