The School Site Council (SSC) is the organization by which the school community comes together to chart the school's path to improvement.
The basic principle underlying the establishment of the School Site Council (SSC) is that those individuals who are most affected by the operation of their school should have a major advisory role regarding how their school functions. This advisement occurs through:
- The collaborative development of a School Improvement Plan including a budget, which is reflective and supportive of the plan.
- The continuous review of the implementation of the plan.
- The assessment of the effectiveness of the plan.
- The ongoing review and updating of the school plan.
The SSC is uniquely suited to carry out this function since it is representative of all segments of the school community. Being composed of the principal, teachers, other school personnel and parents (student at secondary level), it provides a forum for the school community to come together to identify common goals and establish a plan to achieve these goals.
Roles and Responsibilities
The primary task of the SSC is to ensure that the school is continually engaged in identifying and implementing curriculum and instructional practices that result in both strengthening the core academic program and ensuring that students have access to and success in the program. This is accomplished by the SSC through:
- Participating in the development of the Single Plan for Student Achievement.
- Determining the organizational structure, operations and by laws of SSC.
- Monitoring of school effectiveness.
- Reviewing and updating Single Plan for Student Achievement.
- Recommend the Single Plan for Student Achievement to the school board for approval.
- Establishing and approving the annual budget as part of the Single Plan.
- Establishing continuous communication links.
- Participating in the school decision-making process.