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SD10 DPAC/PAC District Protocol: DPAC and PAC Protocol

District Parent Advisory Councils (DPAC) / Parent Advisory Councils (PAC)

­Parents are a major part of the equation in SD10, whether it’s helping out on ski days, driving kids to field trips and sporting events, coaching or serving hot lunches.

Joining your school Parents’ Advisory Council (PAC) is a great way to provide your input and keep up to date of what’s happening at your school.

Visit the BC Federation of Parent Advisory Council for more information on Parent Advisory Councils and to view the Constitutions and Bylaws.

What is DPAC?

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 and curricula. Many DPACs are offered seats on school district committees such as policy, finance or budget and healthy lifestyles.

What is PAC?

The School Act gives parents the right, through PACs, to assume an advisory role in every school. PAC is the officially recognized collective voice of parents of their school. A PAC, through its elected officers, may advise the school board, the principal and staff of the school respecting any matter relating to the school other than matters assigned to the School Planning Council (SPC).

PACs are forums within each school community to discuss matters affecting your school and the education of your children. Parents’ voices are a tremendous value to their school. They offer a wealth of ideas and support in the challenges that face all public schools. PACs strive to represent the diversity within their communities and contribute to the benefit of all students by:

  • providing opportunities to educate and inform parents about the school;
  • involving parents in volunteer activities; and
  • openly discussing parents’ concerns and aspirations for their schools.


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School District 10 Arrow Lakes serves the communities of north Slocan Lake and the Arrow Lakes with schools and programs in Nakusp, Edgewood, Burton and New Denver.

Our innovative approach to learning and the beautiful mountain settings that surround these communities, provide our students with unique learning experiences that gain praise in our province and beyond. We are well-recognized for innovation in place-conscious learning, environmental education, and for creatively personalizing learning experiences for our students.

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