Every public school has a school community council consisting of the principal, elected school employees and parents. Parent members must exceed the principal and staff by at least two. Charter schools may use the charter board if it has a two parent member majority or a process may be set up to elect a Charter Trust Lands Council with a two parent member majority. Parent members are elected by parents. Parent input is important in the decisions made by councils.
School improvement is the responsibility of everyone, from students and parents to professionals and public officials. As councils clarify roles, expectations, and responsibilities, councils increase the likelihood of all contributing significantly to this most important enterprise. School community councils are one way we can work together to make schools more successful. A council is an advisory body. All of its actions and plans are overseen by the local school board or local charter board. The tools currently available on this page, along with others being developed, are intended to encourage parent involvement and to help school community councils work smoothly and effectively.
Encouraging Parent Involvement
Models from Utah Schools
|Kearns High School||McPolin Elementary||Roy Junior High|
|NEW REQUIREMENT FOR COUNCILS THIS YEAR – DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP||Rules of Order and Procedure|
|Creating a Timeline for the Year||ElectionChecklist|
|Required Information for School Websites||Compliance Checklist|
|School LAND Trust Program Information|
Principals are required to make the school staff aware of how the school is using trust funds annually. These flyers are prepared to support principals in that responsibility.
|Staff Information Flyer – Elementary||Staff Information Flyer – JH/HS|