Parent Involvement Committees

Frequently Asked Questions about PICs and Regulation 612-00

For general information on Parent Involvement Committees and how to become involved.

1. Why does the government require school boards to establish Parent Involvement Committees?
A. Research shows that everyone benefits when parents are engaged in their children's education. PICs work at the board level to support, encourage and enhance parent involvement in support of student achievement and well-being.

Regulation 612/00 gives clear direction on the purpose of these committees and outlines their composition, mandate and function.

The regulation reinforces the important link between parents and a board's director of education and trustees. It is an important part of the government's commitment to improve student achievement and well-being, to close the gap in student achievement, and to build public confidence in publicly funded education.

2. Who was consulted on the regulation?
A. During the 2009-10 school year, the ministry consulted on the parent engagement policy and the regulation with a broad range of education partners, including current parent involvement committee members from across the province as well as members of the Minister's Partnership Table. The Partnership Table includes representatives of the four provincial parent associations, trustees, directors of education and principals, federations and unions.

The regulation came into effect for the 2010-11 school year.

3. What support is the government providing for Parent Involvement Committees?
A. Currently, school boards across the province receive annual funding of $5,000 as well as 0.17 cents per student to fund their Parent Involvement Committee plus $500 for each school council. Both groups can apply for Parents Reaching Out Grants, which are provided annually to support parent engagement.

In addition, the ministry has developed a practical handbook to help members understand the purpose, mandate, role, responsibilities, composition, function and operating procedures of Parent Involvement Committees.

The ministry also provides practical support by sponsoring an annual PIC symposium where members from across the province meet to learn more about the government's parent engagement policy and regulation, and share effective practices for parent engagement. The symposium offers a variety of workshops and sessions on topics of interest to PICs, as well as opportunities to discuss challenges and to share good ideas with each other and with ministry staff.

4. Are local differences allowed?
A. The regulation provides flexibility to suit local needs. The intent of the regulation is to support parent-led committees at the board level by providing the mandate, composition and function of the committees.

5. How does strengthening the role of the committees encourage parents to get involved in their children's education?
A. Parent Involvement Committees and school councils support parent engagement at the school and board levels. School boards and schools receive input from the Committee and school councils on how to better engage parents in their children's learning at home and at school.