Theme Three - Relationships and Partnerships

Our school district has a long-standing reputation, and rightfully so, of being a place where relationships matter, partnerships are essential, and community connections are extensive and honoured. In service to our focus theme of student success, we are committed to a system infused with positive relationships that reflect our core values. At the district level we are also committed to ongoing and meaningful engagement with partner groups including organizations representing teachers, support staff, parents and the WSANEC community, and all management staff. And we realize that we can only thrive if we are connected to the community at large, both formally through liaison work and shared processes, and informally through day to day interactions.

Goals

Parents in Saanich will have meaningful involvement with schools and the school district, beginning with parents being engaged at the school level both in support of their own children and in support of the operation of the school. School Parent Advisory Councils (PACs) will be strong partners in school-based decision-making and effective advocates for the children and families they serve. The Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils of Saanich (COPACS) will be an effective voice at the district level for parents and PACs including through involvement in Board decision-making processes.

Objectives

3.1.1

Parents will report that they feel welcome and supported in their schools.

3.1.2

Parent Advisory Councils will have full and effective involvement in schools both in their contributions to school-based decision-making and their support of and advocacy for parents.

3.1.3

COPACS will report feeling invited into district processes in support of parents, and that they are supported by the district in being strong advocates for the rights and wishes of parents.

The Board’s partner organizations, namely the Saanich Teachers’ Association, CUPE 441 and COPACS, will be routinely and meaningfully connected to the work of the school district. As well, district partnerships with the W’SANEC School Board will be evident and effective.

Objectives

3.2.1

Representatives of the Saanich Teachers’ Association will report that they are routinely and meaningfully connected to the work of the school district.

3.2.2

Representatives of CUPE 441 will report that they are routinely and meaningfully connected to the work of the school district.

3.2.3

Representatives of the WSANEC School Board will report that they are respectfully invited into and meaningfully connected to the work of the school district.

3.2.4

Representatives of COPACS will report that they are routinely and meaningfully connected to the work of the school district.

The Board, and school and district leaders, will continue to engage community members, agencies and educational partners in ways that support connection, dialogue and effective decision-making in support of students and school programs.

Objectives

3.3.1

Community representatives will report that they view the Board as well as district and school leaders as reaching out with information and invitations to be involved in the life of schools and the school district.

3.3.2

Community forums will be held at times when the Board and community should be connected in meaningful processes, and these forums will be viewed by participants as being effective and worthwhile.

3.3.3

Input and feedback will be solicited from the broader community in ways that support effective decision-making by the Board and district leadership team.

3.3.4

Partner agencies will report that their involvement with the school district is meaningful and supportive of student success.

3.3.5

Educational partner agencies, including early learning and post-secondary, will report that their involvement with the school district is meaningful and supportive of student success.

In keeping with the overwhelming commentary from the Board’s 2016 visioning process, relationships and culture will continue to be central to the success of the school district.

Objectives

3.4.1

Members of the school district community will report that relationships are the key to the success of the school district.

3.4.2

Members of the school district community will report that their involvement makes a difference and that their input to decisions has been heard and respected.

2020