Parent School Support Committee

As set out in the NB Education Act of 2001, a Parent School Support Committee (PSSC) is a school community group having an advisory relationship with the school principal. Each PSSC is a 6-12 member committee with the majority of the members being parents who are elected at a school election in September. One teacher is also elected by the school staff to sit on the committee, as well as a Home and School representative, a student, and any community members the committee wishes to appoint.


PSSC Members

The Parent School Support Committee is a three year term of office for parent members and a one year term of office for other members. A seat may become vacant throughout the school year if a member:

► dies or resigns.

► was an eligible parent when elected but whose child is no longer enrolled at that school.

► contravenes the Education Act or regulations.

► is convicted of an indictable offence.

► becomes an employee of that school.

► misses 3 meetings in a 12-month period without good reason.

Please visit your local school website for a listing of PSSC members.


PSSC Meetings

Parent School Support Committees meetings are established through the chair and principal of the school. The chair and the principal also set the agenda. The principal must attend all meetings and the District Education Council member representing the school may optionally attend. There must be a quorum at meetings for decisions to be made. All meetings are open meetings.

In each school, the minutes of meetings are posted and a copy of meeting minutes can be obtained from the school secretary. Contact your local school for more information.


PSSC Startup Information

►  Meetings & Motions

►  Brochure

►  Declaration

►  Election Presentation

►  Information Booklet

►  Committee Manual – PSSC Handbook

►  Member Training​

►  Poster​

Option 1

► Watch the introduction of the video. The introduction is finished at 3 minutes 40 seconds.

► Share what is happening at your school in regards to NPDL. The following questions were answered on the video. You may want to let the questions guide your own school presentation.

o Why does your school utilize NPDL?

o How has your school changed?

o How have things changed for your students?

o Why NPDL?

o How have your students demonstrated change​​?

o How does this help your students?

o What are some projects at your school?

o What would you say to someone starting NPDL?

► Get PSSC members to respond to the discussion questions and share answers. See page 2 in this file for the handout.


Option 2

► Watch the entire video.

► Share what is happening at your school.

► Get PSSC members to respond to the discussion questions and share answers. See page 2 in this file for the handout.


Option 3 (For schools not doing NPDL at this time)

► Watch the entire video.

► Get PSSC members to respond to the discussion questions and share answers. See page 2 in this file for the handout.

► The NB Provincial K-8 Report Card Parent Brochure mentioned in the video does not appear on the screen. You may want to print off a copy for each member of your PSSC. The link is provided below.

Parent Guide Brochure

► The video is divided in three sections. There are three points in the video where you can pause and have a discussion. Questions you might discuss are:

o What do you think is important in this section to guide the work of the PSSC? What did you learn?

o What questions do you have?

► At the end of the video, you may want to share your school’s report card with your PSSC. What trends are evident in the data?