Parent Engagement

Durham District School Board (DDSB) recognizes the importance of partnerships with parents and guardians in creating positive learning environments. The School Community Council (SCC) is an advisory body that makes recommendations to the Principal and school board to further student achievement and well-being. Every school in the DDSB has an SCC. The SCC is made up of parents, school staff and community members and should represent the diversity of the school community.

Join our School Community Council

To join the SCC as a voting member at your school, contact the school Principal. You will need to fill out a nomination form in September. All members of the SCC are elected within the first 30 days of the school year.

School Community Council Handbook

Read the Durham District School Board School Community Council Handbook for more information about SCC organizational guidelines, tools and resources. You can also visit the Ministry of Education's website for more information about school councils.

SCC brochure

Frequently Asked Questions brochures are available in the following languages:

Meetings and Minutes

Monday, September 30 @ 6:30
Tuesday, October 29 @ 6:30
Monday, December 2 @ 6:30
Tuesday, January 28 @ 6:30
Monday, March 2 @ 6:30
Tuesday, April 28 @ 6:30
Monday, June 1 @ 6:30
SCC meetings are open to the public, but only those who are elected members will have a vote. 

2019-2020 Executive and Voting Members


Chair - Peter Ackie
Co-Vice Chairs - Crystal Leila and Sandeep Kakan
Treasurer - Erin Smith
Secretary - Effie Vidinovski and Janice Hummel

Voting Members:
- David Bates
- Jenny Callaghan
- Jacquie Chipman
- Jennifer Cooke
- Lauren Irwin
- Ruby Kakan
- Cheryl McKittrick
- Naomi Omar-Ali
- Penny Senior
- Kelly Williams 

Regional SCC meetings

Regional SCC meetings take place throughout the year and provide SCC members an opportunity to attend workshops and exchange ideas with SCC members from other schools in the DDSB. The Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) plans and executes the Regional SCC meetings with input from school community councils.

SCC guidelines, policies, and regulations

School Community Councils follow these guidelines and regulations:

Parent Reaching Out Grant (PRO Grant)

Apply for the Parent Reaching Out Grant through the Ministry of Education. This funding supports initiatives that get parents involved in student learning.