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Mission of the Albemarle County Public Schools Parent Council

The Parent Council’s mission is to serve as a forum for parents, educators, and school officials to share ideas and exchange information in order to further advance the quality of the public education system within Albemarle County.

  1. Provide a forum for sharing ideas and providing direction on Albemarle County School educational issues.
  2. Inform parents on current issues regarding the education system, and familiarize them with areas that need attention.
  3. Provide leadership and representation of Albemarle County schools for parents to effectively work together toward common goals and have an influential voice regarding the educational processes affecting their children.
  4. Advocate on behalf of the Parent Council with regard to communications of key issues to provide information to school PTO’s*, parents, and community leaders. *”PTO” represents any and all schoolwide parent organization that designates a representative to Parent Council.
  5. Act as a central point for sharing information among PTO’s for individual schools to enhance the strength and value of the PTO system.
  6. Initiate educational sessions on topics relevant to effective operations for the public school system.
  7. Promote an open and supportive relationship between parents and teachers, School Board, and administration.

Job Description
  1. Attend monthly meetings, or arrange for an alternate to attend.
  2. Relay information from Parent Council to your school on a regular basis by providing reports to your PTO, principal and school newsletter.
  3. Bring to Parent Council information about your school community.
  4. Inform yourself on issues so you can represent your school by voting on Parent Council initiatives.
  5. Connect your parent community to resources provided by Parent Council and the Albemarle County School System, i.e. meetings, informational programs, and distribute invitations to monthly meetings.
  6. Emphasize to your school PTO representatives the significance of their support and participation in Parent Council initiatives.
  7. Request your school PTO to support Parent Council through annual dues, to be used to advance Parent Council’s mission.