The Ottawa-Carleton Assembly of School Councils (OCASC) is an umbrella organisation for school councils and parents in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) to share information and facilitate communication within the OCDSB communities to enhance the education of all its students. OCASC works through:
- sharing information: the ever-popular “Chalk-It-Up” sessions provide an opportunity for school councils to share experiences, problems and solutions,best practices, and contact information
- facilitating communication; about current board activities and to provide input to board committees through OCASC’s representatives on the many OCDSB committees,
- representing its membership to board staff and trustees directly and through our representatives on the OCDSB’s committees.
For a detailed understanding of our mandate and practices, please refer to our Constitution.
OCASC usually meets on the third Thursday of each month, from 7-9pm. Meetings are held in the library of Fisher Park Public School, 250 Holland Avenue, just north of the Queensway.
OCASC invites all OCDSB school councils to become OCASC members. Councils are encouraged to elect or appoint one of their members as their OCASC delegate (or two who alternate) to attend meetings.
Meetings are open to the public but membership entitles a council to participate more fully and to vote on any issues regarding action to be taken by the executive on behalf of the assembly.
The annual membership fee of $35 helps us cover costs for items such as monthly meeting refreshments and copies, promotional materials, council training days, presentations, maintaining our website and newsletter and other educational conferences. A waiver of the fee is available upon request to any school council with financial constraints.
Each year we send a “Welcome to OCASC Information Package” out to every school, which includes a registration form which you can bring to a meeting or send it via Board mail from your school office, or regular mail to OCASC, 133 Greenbank Road, Ottawa, K2H 6L3. Thank you for your support!
Secondary Schools Committee
The Secondary Schools Committee (SSC) is a standing committee within the assembly. SSC recognizes the needs and challenges at the secondary level are much different from those at the elementary level, and focuses its discussions on topics pertinent to secondary school councils and parents. SSC meets on the second Thursday of each month. For more information, please visit the SSC page.