PAC Communication with Parents

What, in your experience has been the most effective way your PAC has communicated with parents?

  • Through listserv, Email (for documents), which solicits feedback
    • To be sent in a timely manner
  • Tea open to all parents, held during the day – a week following a PAC meeting
  • Parent class reps
  • PAC rep to go to kindergarten orientation to invite new members to join in
  • Bulletin board on the street or in the school
  • Planner in the classroom for student/parent/teacher communication; handouts, flyers
    • Paper handouts/notices tend to get more attention over emails
    • Be sure to include contact info on notices: facebook page, twitter, email, website, etc.
    • Also include a call for volunteers/participation on all notices/handouts
  • High school app
  • Teacher website and/or blog
  • PAC or school facebook account or twitter feed
    • Advantage of using social media is that it’s always current
  • PAC website linked to the school page
    • Must be updated at appropriate intervals
    • Good to have the web info fed to social media pages (and vice versa) to direct traffic
  • One-on-one meetings; face-to-face communication
    • Parent to parent messaging – parents pass on the information on to other parents
  • First week of school have sign-up sheets for volunteer opportunities throughout the year
  • PAC meetings – encourage attendance with guest speakers (e.g. teachers, counsellors)
  • Monthly PAC newsletter sent by listserv (including contact information for parent feedback/input) or distributed at community gatherings
    • Note: while beneficial, newsletter requires strong commitment from PAC/individual to ensure that it is generated monthly and sent out
  • Having PAC committees (with a primary point of contact) reach out for volunteers for specific purpose/event

How do you communicate with parents who do not attend your PAC meetings? How do you get input from them?

  • Email notification via listserv
  • Annual PAC social
  • PAC website
  • Face-to-face communication, playground conversations with parents to solicit their concerns and opinions so their views can be brought to meetings even if they don’t attend in person
    • Approach parents directly and ask for their assistance
  • Involving each class
  • Through school events: g. multicultural dinner and meeting, afterschool PAC meeting
  • PAC ‘corner’ in the school’s newsletter
  • At the high school level, have a PAC exec member attend individual parent meetings for certain groups/clubs so that input can be sought, information can be conveyed
  • PAC table/booth at school events where input/feedback can be collected
  • Class reps – solicit their ideas
  • Parent surveys (e.g. Survey Monkey)
  • Bulletin board in the school where parents can write concerns, questions, provide input
  • Put something divisive/controversial on the PAC meeting agenda to encourage greater attendance, and bring more parents out. Also works to have a guest speaker/presentation on the agenda (mini-PIE in between standing agenda items)
  • Plant gate at school: hand out flyers to parents at the start/end of school
  • Call out in monthly PAC and/or school newsletters