The School Act recognized District Parents’ Advisory Councils (DPAC) in 2002 but many DPACs were established long before that. DPACs are the legislated parent voice at the school district level, representing the collective views of school Parents’ Advisory Councils (PAC) in a school district.
DPACs advise the board of education on any matter relating to education in their school district. DPACs advocate for parental involvement in the education system and give input into the development of education policy. As an official stakeholder, the DPAC is offered seat(s) on district committees such as policy, finance or budget etc.
Who Can Become A Member Of DPAC?
DPACs are comprised of elected parent representatives from PACs and serves as an umbrella organization for the PACs in their school district. The DPAC is governed by its own Constitution and Bylaws. DPACs are NOT required to register as a non-profit or under the BC Societies Act.
What Does DPAC Do?
DPACs support and encourage PACs and parents in accessing the school system at all levels by providing regular forums for the exchange of ideas and information to ensure that public education serves the best interests of all students.
The business of the DPAC shall be unbiased in respect of race, colour, religion, politics, family status, gender, sexual orientation or physical or mental ability. The DPAC is not a forum for the discussion of individual school personnel, parents, or other individual members of the school community.
The Role Of An Elected DPAC Representative
The roles, duties and responsibilities of elected DPAC representatives vary but generally, DPAC representatives:
- Act as a liaison between the PAC and DPAC by attending DPAC meetings
- Communicate and obtain information to and from PAC
- Bring forward issues that may be common to more than one school