What is the St Brigid Catholic School Parent Council (CSPC)?
School councils like our CSPC are required under Ontario’s Education Act. Their purpose is to improve student achievement and enhance accountability of the education system to parents (O. Reg. 612, s. 2(1)). Members of our CSPC are parents/guardians of students at St. Brigid’s, and they are elected yearly in the first month of each school year.
What does St Brigid’s CSPC do?
The goal of the CSPC is ultimately to support student success at our school. Typically, our CSPC has done this by:
- Holding regular meetings. CSPC meetings are held 6-7 times per year. Updates are given by our principal, vice principal, staff representatives and various members of the CSPC. Requests/recommendations are made and/or voted on by CSPC members. All parents/guardians are invited to attend, and anyone may request time to speak on a school-related item.
- Sending out updates, requests and occasional surveys to parents. To date we have done this mainly by email, either through our distribution list or via our principal. Our website (www.stbrigidcspc.ca) also contains information.
- Making recommendations/requests to our principal and to the Board, on matters that concern parents. Most recently our CSPC has been in contact with our principal, trustee and other Board staff regarding a safe return for all student to St. Brigid’s this fall.
- Holding community events, and supporting school-wide initiatives. We do this to help families learn together, connect better to our school and to meet other families within the school. Engaging families has also been shown to improve student achievement.
- Fundraising to support enhanced learning experiences and purchase some types of equipment for students to use at our school. All funds raised by the CSPC are reported on by our treasurer at each CSPC meeting.
- Various smaller initiatives are also aided or carried out by CSPC members, as well as other parents at the school.
Who can be on St Brigid’s CSPC?
Any parent/guardian of a child currently attending St. Brigid’s is welcome to run for a volunteer position on the CSPC. Not all roles require the same time commitment, but all CSPC members are expected to attend most if not all CSPC meetings.
**For 2020-2021, online parents CAN be part of St Brigid’s CSPC but they could
then not be part of the St. Anne CSPC – it has to be one or the other.**