Frequently Asked Questions 

Why have such a program?

What are parent participation hours?

How many hours are required?

Can both parents from the same family work at the same time to obtain hours for each person?

Can I hire outside help to fulfill my participation requirements?

Can an older school age child from my family fulfill any of my parent participation requirements?

What if I miss a shift?

If I have all my required 50 hours of participation before the end of the school year, do I still need to continue working my shifts in my regular scheduled category?

How are my hours recorded and submitted?

What if I do not get all my required hours for the year?

What do I need to do if I want to transfer to another category?

Why have such a program?
The purpose of the program is to promote a spirit of community and pride amongst our families, and provide tangible economic benefits to our school. As parents we play a vital role in the education of our children and by your commitment we can work together to create a better school for our children. [top]

What are parent participation hours?
Participation hours represent the actual time parents spend performing their duties within their category.  If you feel that your present category will not provide you with the required 50 hours of participation there are several opportunities available throughout the school year to obtain addition hours. Opportunities for additional participation hours will be posted in the school newsletter and on the school website. [top]

How many hours are required?
Parents are required to work a minimum of 50 hours throughout the fiscal school year, which runs from July 1st to June 30th.

Can both parents from the same family work at the same time to obtain hours for each person?
No, hours are allowed per family only, not per person therefore it is not allowable to get double hours. [top]

Can I hire outside help to fulfill my participation requirements?
No, it is against school policy to hire outside help and therefore unacceptable. [top]

Can an older school age child from my family fulfill any of my parent participation requirements?
No, they are not permitted to perform Parent Participation duties. Parent involvement in the school is one of the primary purposes of the Parent Participation Program. [top]

What if I miss a shift?
Any parent who fails to work a shift a scheduled participation shift will be fined at a rate of $25.00 per hour for each hour missed. Parents must understand that if they cannot work a particular shift, it is their responsibility to find a replacement. [top]

If I have all my required 50 hours of participation before the end of the school year, do I still need to continue working my shifts in my regular scheduled category?
Yes, you are still expected to show up and work all of your scheduled shifts until June 30. If you do not show up for your shift you will be billed as a missed participation shift at the rate of $25.00 per hour for each hour missed. [top]

How are my hours recorded and submitted?
Each time a parent works a participation shift the hours will be recorded on a sign-in sheet.  Parents should also keep a record of their own hours and dates worked.  The sign in sheets will be submitted weekly for regular scheduled categories (example bingo, noon hour supervisors, library etc.). In other categories where parents are required to work independently they will be responsible for ensuring that all hours are accurately recorded on their own sign in sheet for a one month period and then submitted the first week of each month for the previous months hours. The Participation Coordinator will collect these sign in sheets and keep an ongoing record of parent hours for the year. [top]

What if I do not get all my required hours for the year?
Any family that has not completed the minimum 50 hours of participation by June 30th will be fined at a rate of $25.00 per hour for all outstanding hours. [top]

What do I need to do if I want to transfer to another category?
A Transfer Request Form needs to be completed if you want to transfer out of your present category. This form is available from the school office, and can be returned back to the office when completed. Although parents’ preferences will be accommodated whenever possible, the actual assignment of category will depend on the current needs of the school. [top]