Parent Involvement

The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board values the participation of parents as partners in education and provides a variety of opportunities to encourage parents to become involved in our schools. Together, these avenues create a robust parental involvement program.

The Board is guided by key values, one of which is “We foster parental involvement and community engagement to build partnerships that support student learning.” We believe that parents play a vital role in the education of their children and in the success of schools.

NEW Parent Resources

The Parent Involvement Committee has supported the creation of updated resources and information for parents, in a wide variety of areas, to help parents and guardians better understand and be more involved in their children's education. The resources include engaging videos and links to curriculum and Ministry documents. Please click here to visit the Parent Resources page. 

Parent Involvement Committee

We are looking for three community representatives to sit on the Parent Involvement Committee. Please click here to learn more about being a Community Rep.

Anyone interested in this opportunity is invited to submit a letter of interest to Director of Education, Dr. Jennifer Leclerc by November 7, 2018.

The role of the Parent Involvement Committee is to work with parents, school councils and community partners to:

  • support and enhance meaningful, inclusive and constructive parental involvement in all of our schools, in order to improve student achievement and well-being;
  • seek out the advice and ideas of school councils, other parents and partners to plan and implement strategies to involve more parents;
  • provide advice to the Board on the effectiveness of communications, events and other initiatives that affect relationships with parents and school councils; and
  • approve expenditures for activities or projects funded with the Ministry of Education’s Parent Involvement funding.

Click here to read the school board's Parental Involvement Policy

Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants 2019/2020

The Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants program provides funding to school boards to lead projects with a focus on the identification and removal of barriers that prevent parents and families from participating and engaging fully in their children's learning.

New for the 2019-2020 school year, the Ministry of Education has changed the Parents Reaching Out Grant application process. Previously, school councils applied directly to the Ministry of Education for funding. Going forward, the Ministry has provided an allocation to be distributed by school boards.

We are pleased to announce that the 2019-20 application process for Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grant funding is now closed! Completed applications were submitted for consideration by January 10, 2020.

KPRDSB has received $19,511.66 in Pro Grant Funding for the 2019-2020 year, and applications that meet the criteria are eligible for a maximum of $1,000.

These criteria support projects that work with parents or seek parent input on how schools can:

  • Provide a safe and welcoming school environment;
  • Maintain open communication with teachers;
  • Respect parents as valued partners within the education system in relation to decisions about their child’s education; and,
  • Inform parents about content within the Ontario Curriculum.

For further questions and information, please contact Jennifer Stephen, Supervisor- School Business Operations at

Please click here for application or Printable PDF

Information to Support Parent Involvement

Parents and community members may be confused by the acronyms and abbreviations used by educators. To help parents better understand these short forms, a list of commonly used abbreviations has been compiled.

Commonly Used Abbreviations List

The following short video provides five quick ways in which all parents can become involved in their children's education: Click here to view our Parent Involvement POWTOON.

Please click here to visit our Parent Resources page for more information on how to help your child with literacy, math and information on a host of other educational topics.

Help to Encourage Parent Involvement at your School!

Our Board values the participation of parents as partners in education and provides a variety of opportunities to encourage parents to become involved in our schools. Together, these avenues create a robust parental involvement program.

The Parent Involvement Committee is suggesting a number of activities administrators, school councils and school communities can consider to foster and generate parent involvement at your school!

Planning Parent Engagements, A Guidebook for Parents and Schools 

A Message from the Council of Ontario Directors of Education:

When we look closely at patterns of success for our students, there is ample evidence that achievement and positive school adjustment come from the support and guidance of parents and those who guide the learning and attitudes of our young people.

As school system leaders, the members of the Council of Ontario Directors of Education are very aware of the power and benefits of parent engagement.

In this Guidebook you will find examples of useful exercises and proven techniques for involvement and support.

Here is some more information about Parent Involvement from the Ministry of Education

Click here to view Parents Matter Fact Sheet

Click here to view Parent Involvement Committee Fact sheet

To learn more about the Parent Involvement Committee, please contact:

Greg Kidd
Manager, Corporate Affairs