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!
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:
- Thursday, November 8, 2018
- Thursday, January 17, 2019
- Thursday, March 21, 2019
- Thursday, May 9, 2019
District School Council – Parent Involvement Committee Newsletters
- DSC-PIC April 9, 2018 Newsletter
- DSC-PIC March 8, 2018 Newsletter
- DSC-PIC January 23, 2018 Newsletter
- DSC-PIC June 30, 2017 Newsletter
- DSC-PIC May 16, 2017 Newsletter
- DSC-PIC April 18, 2017 Newsletter
- DSC-PIC March 9, 2017 Newsletter
- DSC-PIC February 14, 2017 Newsletter
- DSC-PIC January 11, 2017 Newsletter
- DSC-PIC December 10, 2016 Newsletter
- DSC-PIC November 23, 2016 Newsletter
- DSC-PIC November 10, 2016 Newsletter
- DSC-PIC October 21, 2016 Newsletter
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: https://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/schools.html
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
2013-2014 DSC-PIC Meetings
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.
- TLDSB Special Education Advisory Committee Policy
- TLDSB Special Education Advisory Committee Procedure
- SEAC Regulation 464/97
- Ontario Ministry Information on SEAC
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 Peterborough, Community Living Huntsville, Community Living Kawartha Lakes, Autism Ontario – Peterborough Chapter, Tourette Canada – Muskoka Chapter, FASD ONE, and Five Counties Children’s Centre.
• 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
• arts and crafts
• safe arrival
• special event days
• school council
• career day