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Horizon School Division
Creating a better world, one student at a time.
SCC Information
Each SCC consists of 2 types of members:
1. Elected (Representative) Members; 
  • 1.1.1. Parent or guardians of pupils who attend that school; 
  • 1.1.2. Community member means an elector who resides within the attendance area for that school community council’s school or the geographic area for a school community council as determined by that school’s board of education if an attendance area has not been defined. 
Five to nine parent and community members elected at the Annual General Meeting  
2. Appointed (Permanent) Members; 
  • 1.2.1. The School Principal; 
  • 1.2.2. A teacher; 
  • 1.2.3. Representatives from First Nation(s) which have students who live on-reserve and are enrolled in this school; 
  • 1.2.4. One or two high school students for secondary schools 
What do SCCs accomplish?

SCCs are an integral, purposeful and valued component of school division governance. They develop a shared responsibility for learning success and the well-being of our children and youth. Their primary purpose is to encourage and facilitate parent/caregiver & community engagement in school planning and improvement processes.

Educational studies demonstrate that there are many benefits to community involvement in schools:
  • Students see improved marks & graduation rates, increased involvement in classroom activities, a more positive attitude towards homework, higher attendance rates and greater enrollment in post-secondary education.
  • Parents/Caregivers benefit from enhanced communication between with administrators and teachers, more opportunities for learning activities in the home and a better understanding of how schools operate.
  • Community benefits with increased cost-effectiveness, thanks to the pooling of time, money and effort, and strengthened community pride through involvement in the school’s achievements.
What are their responsibilities?

SCCs are intended to enhance parent and community involvement in the education of today’s youth. They work collaboratively with the school to improve student learning and well being. Their responsibilities include the following:
  • Understanding the community (in statistical terms, where possible)
  • Collaborating on Learning Improvement Plans with school and division staff
  • Providing advice to the school, Board and other agencies, advocating for their school and community
  • Taking initiative to engage the community around the school’s goals
  • Reviewing the fees and fundraising of the school to provide a community perspective
  • Must be prepared to attend regular meetings. The council must meet at least five times a year, plus an annual meeting. SCCs may choose to meet more often
All of this supports parent/caregiver and community involvement in the school.

Why should I become involved?

You'll want to become involved in your SCC if you say "yes" to one or more of the following questions:
  • Are you interested in the education of the children in this school?
  • Are you willing to stand for election for a 2 year term?
  • Are you able to attend meetings on a regular basis?
  • Do you have ideas about how to involve parents and the community in the school?
  • Do you have experience, talents or skills that would help the work of the council?
"How can I become involved?"

You can become involved in SCCs through 2 easy steps...

1.  Come to a Community Information Meeting at your school.

2.  Accept a nomination for a Council position. If there are less than 9 nominees, you will be acclaimed for a 2 year term. If there are more than nine nominees, an election will be held.

You can find out more about School Community Councils, the dates for the Community Information Meetings and the first Annual Meeting by contacting your school principal.