Resources for Advocating for Your Child

Our PAC website has a variety of resources for parents, accessible here:
http://www.heatherparkpac.info/p/resources.html

A few to point out are:
Guidelines for resolving problems – our school district’s guidelines for problems resolution.This one pager gives direction on where to go if you don’t receive satisfaction with regards to your issue. The recommended order is the teacher or staff member with whom the issue may be, then the principal or vice-principal (Steve Fleck or Dan Watt), then the assistant superintendent (John McLay), superintendent (Brian Pepper), the board of trustees, and then the student appeals branch.

Another useful document is here:
BCCPAC Guide to Speaking up for your child – this is a parent guide for advocating for your child, written by the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils. From the introduction:

Something is bothering you about your child’s education and you can’t quite put your finger on it.

Or you know what is bothering you, but you don’t know what to do.

You are not alone. Many parents worry about how, when, or even if, they should act. Sometimes parents don’t have the time or confidence to deal with their concerns. Others fear that raising a concern will make the situation worse for their children.

Often parents are unsure about where they “fit” in the public school system when it comes to speaking up for their children. Some don’t feel welcome, for example, when they have concerns about bullying, their children’s progress or how their children are treated by staff.

Our children and youth spend much of their lives in school. Naturally, parents feel the need and the responsibility to make sure their children are treated well and receive a good education. As a parent, you love your children – you know them best and you are committed to their well-being for the long term. You are responsible for ensuring your children’s best interests are first and foremost. The people who work in the public school system are responsible for hearing your concern and working with you to solve the problem. 

This guide is designed to give you a basic understanding of how to deal more successfully with problems your child is facing in school. It provides you with:
•   An outline of parents’ and students’ rights and responsibilities.
•   A guide to working through a problem.
•   An approach for dealing with parents’ fears.
•   Information about bullying/harassment.
•   Tools to help parents stay on track.
•   Information about the public school system.
•   Places to look for more help.

The District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) also has a number of resources available, many specific to PAC:
http://sd57dpac.ca/?page_id=32

Please let us know if there is any more information that we could provide.