Traditionally, you would approach the teacher or principal. Some of you may even be part of the advisory committees. Is this the only way?
What about if you don’t have time to call in or drop by the office? Many of us struggle with daily responsibilities and meeting immediate needs. Where do you find the time and space to have your voice heard?
Arguably, most parents do not see the giant hierarchy of the school board. They don’t necessarily come into contact with the administrative and executive staff. But if the changes you seek and the questions you have require dialogue at that level, what do you do?
Most parents may think they can bring their concerns up to the Principal level. But the puck does not stop there. Did you know that the Board of Trustees have a ton of influence on what goes on in Toronto schools? They essentially decide what initiatives and projects take priority.
Trustees should be your advocates. As a Trustee for Scarborough-Agincourt, parents can talk with me. I will open the doors, both online and face-to-face, to make sure you can access me in whatever mode works best for you. Trustees are to develop and maintain meaningful relationships with parents, students, staff, educators, and community members/organizations.
I’ve heard many parents advocating to maintain city services in Toronto for the sake of their children. I urge you to continue to be more vocal, especially with education. I’ve heard parents urge city councillors and Mayor Rob Ford to listen to the needs of the people they serve.