School are required to communicate to all families with information about School Councils, the election process as well as self-nomination forms for parents/guardians who are interested in being a Parent Representative. Please see this template nomination form to help get you started.
Over the next few weeks, please share this information using your school's usual communication channels to reach as many families as possible (i.e. email, School Messenger/Communicate, school newsletter or website etc.). These forms will need to be collected as hard copies or by email. Please allow two weeks for parents to express their interest for a Parent Representative position.
Virtual election process and online voting form
One week before the election, please make information about parent candidates, including their brief biographies from their self-nomination form, available to the parent community through your school's usual communication channels. This communication should also include information about the upcoming election.
As mentioned above, to limit the number of individuals in the school buildings, voting for School Councils should take place virtually. Schools can create a voting form via Google Forms or any another school-preferred online method. To create an online ballot using Google Forms, please follow these instructions.
Important considerations for your School Council election:
- The election is to select parent representatives, not executive positions (ex: Chair, Treasurer etc.) The executive positions are selected from elected parents once the council is formed at the first School Council meeting.
- If the number of interested parents is equal to or less than the number of vacant parent rep spots, it isn't necessary to hold a formal School Council election. For example, if your council has 5 parent reps and you have 5 parents who submit self-nominations, these candidates would be acclaimed as parent reps.