The Walnut Grove Secondary School PAC (Parent Advisory Council) serves as the collective voice of parents of the school. The PAC acts as a liaison between parents and administration.
PACs are forums within each school community to discuss matters affecting your school and the education of your children. PACs strive to represent the diversity within their communities and contribute to the benefit of all students by:
- providing opportunities to educate and inform parents about the school
- involving parents in volunteer activities
- openly discussing parents’ concerns
Who Can Become a Member of PAC?
All parents and guardians of students registered in the school can participate and are members of the PAC.
What Governs A PAC?
As an autonomous body, the PAC is governed by its Constitution and Bylaws (which are updated as needed) and the School Act.
How Does A PAC Work?
Through their elected executives from parents in the school, PACs communicate with their parent community, gathering and discussing issues of importance regarding their school. In addition to PAC meetings, communication may also be done through newsletters, email, and the PAC website so that all parents have the opportunity for input. PACs, with strong participation from parents, have an important influence on life at the school and in creating a strong parent community at the school. There is strong evidence that increased parent involvement in the school results in increased student achievement, accomplishment, satisfaction.
Purposes of a PAC:
- To advise the school principal and staff on parents’ views and feedback about school programs, policies, plans and activities.
- To encourage parent involvement in the school, and to support programs that promote parent involvement.
- To communicate with parents, and to promote co-operation between the home and the school in providing support for the education of children.
- To assist parents in accessing the system and to advocate on behalf of parents and students.
- To provide financial support to the school, as determined by its membership.
- To advise and participate in the activities of the District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) and the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC).
The business of the PAC shall be unbiased with respect to race, colour, religion, politics, family status, gender, sexual orientation or physical or mental ability. The PAC is not a forum for the discussion of individual school personnel, parents, or other individual members of the school community.