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School District 5
Southeast Kootenay
About Us

Who is the SE Kootenay DPAC?

The District Parent Advisory Council of School District 5 Southeast Kootenay, known as “DPAC” is the umbrella organization that brings together Parent Advisory Councils (PACs) in School District 5 -- Cranbrook, Fernie, Sparwood, Elkford and the South Country.

The purpose of the Council is to support, encourage and improve the quality of education and the well being of students in School District 5 by:

  1. Exchanging ideas and information among Parent Advisory Councils in the School District.
  2. Providing information regarding educational and community matters to parents and Parent Advisory Councils
  3. Providing the parental voice to education decision-making organizations affecting the School District.

The aims and objectives of the Southeast Kootenay District Parent Advisory Council shall be:

    1. To promote the interests of public education by fostering co-operation and communicating among parents, students, educators and school district representatives.
    2. To advise the school board on parental views about the school district’s programs and policies.
    3. To communicate with PACs about school district policies, programs, and activities.
    4. To provide leadership in developing and understanding the rights and responsibilities of parents within the education system.
    5. To assist parents and PACs in accessing the system.
    6. To assist its members in obtaining information about school, district and provincial programs and policies, and in communicating with district representatives.
    7. To liaise with partner groups and community organizations.
    8. To promote a positive image of the public school system within the district.