School Advisory Councils (SACs) play an important role in supporting student success at the community-level.
SACs are volunteer organizations that receive their authority from the Education Act (2018) . The establishment of SACs and their roles and responsibilities are set out in the Education Act and the Ministerial Education Act Regulations .
- SACs are advisory bodies to individual school principals, regional centres for education (RCEs), and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) on a range of issues related to their local schools and the overall school system.
- SAC membership can vary, but generally consists of the school principal, parents/guardians, teachers, other school staff, students, and community members. SAC membership should reflect the diversity of the school community.
- In 2018, focus groups were conducted with SAC chairs and principals about enhancing the role of SACs. As a result, SACs now have a stronger voice in regional and provincial policy development, more professional development and networking opportunities, and a budget that supports the SACs mandate and operations.