In addition to making sure that their children are present every day at school, parents play an active role in their child’s learning by communicating with teachers and school boards. Some school boards have a local Home and School Association, which provides a forum for parents, teachers and principals to talk about the school system. These associations also allow parents to talk to other parents within their school community.
Teachers are required to communicate with parents. This communication can happen in a number of different ways, including formal report cards, periodic parent-teacher meetings, as well as telephone and written communication.
School community councils provide another forum for parents to be involved in their children’s education. Each elementary and secondary school in Ontario must have a school community council, which is made up of parents and other members of the school community. School community councils may work with schools to help decide on issues such as dress code rules, school improvement planning and fundraising policies.
Teachers in Ontario are expected to work together to uphold a professional and efficient work environment. Any teacher who learns of unprofessional conduct within the school staff and who reports these charges to a principal or school board, must inform the teacher about whom they are making the report, in writing within 72 hours. The only exception to this is if the conduct being reported is of a sexual nature. In this case, there is no obligation to inform the teacher in question of the report being made against him or her.