How does PAC, DPAC and BCCPAC differ from one another?
A PAC advises the school administration on any matter relating to public education. A DPAC advises the school district on any matter relating to public education. The BCCPAC advises and meets regularly with Ministry of Education staff and provincial education partners on behalf of parent resolutions.
Who does PAC and DPAC report too?
A PAC reports to the parents of their school, and the DPAC reports to the PACs in a district.
Are PAC’s and DPAC’s self-governing?
PACs and DPACs are given their responsibilities and powers through legislation in the School Act. They are autonomous bodies, which means they are self-governing, and not a committee of a school, or school district.
Can a Board of Education Chair interfere with meetings between the superintendent and DPAC?
A DPAC can set up meetings with whomever they think is appropriate. If there is opposition to a meeting between a superintendent and DPAC from a Board of Education, that issue must be resolved between the superintendent and Board of Education.
Can trustees attend PAC and DPAC meetings?
Yes. Trustees are welcome to attend PAC and DPAC meetings as invited guests. PAC and DPAC meetings are for parents of children at that school and/or district. Trustees, superintendents, education staff and community members should be considered as guests if attending. Many PAC and DPAC bylaws provide direction on the level of participation of invited and what to do if a trustee or school district employee is also a parent at a school.
Can invited guests be asked to leave a PAC or DPAC meeting?
Absolutely. The PAC or DPAC chair has the responsibility to ensure the meeting runs smoothly and respectfully. Should an invited guest become disruptive, they must be asked to leave. If the behaviour continues at subsequent meetings, this guest can be asked to not return, and if required, an alternate is to be asked to attend the meeting in their place.
Do we carry liability insurance as a group, and do we have liability coverage for functions outside of school?
BCCPAC itself does not have a blanket insurance to cover things like this. Each PAC/DPAC is different and as such us is independent from BCCPAC. Some districts (not all) may cover the activities of PACs/DPACs under the Schools Protection Liability Program. It is recommended that you ask the school principal to see if this is included for your PAC/School District.
When coverage is available and who is covered by the Schools Protection Program Liability coverage?
The Schools Protection Program Liability coverage is primarily designed to protect the school district, and its employees while they perform their duties, against liability claims.
To the extent that liability arises from their authorized duties on behalf of the school district, coverage under the program, may also extend to include the activities of:
- Members of committees
- Volunteer workers
- Student teachers
- Student population
- Students participating in Work Experience programs
- PACs, DPACs, members and employees, School Planning Councils (SPC)
Does the liability coverage extend to PACs?
Yes. The liability coverage of the program extends to cover PAC’s, members, and employees, with respect to authorized activities in connection with the school district. This coverage does not apply to claims brought by a member against another member.
How does BCCPAC stand on school closures?
BCCPAC does not take a position on school closures as these are district specific. We will provide information on what your PAC may want to address, as it relates to the school closures in your district.
In regard to BCCPAC, the member PACs and DPACs put forward resolutions which constitute our “position” on many issues. School closures has not been an issue raised at previous Annual General Meetings (AGM). Further information can be found on the School Closures blog post.
You may want to seek out some guidance from your district PAC in regard to the consultation process.