What is OCASC?

What is OCASC?

The Ottawa-Carleton Assembly of School Councils (OCASC) is an umbrella organization for school councils and parents of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) to share information and facilitate communication within the communities of the OCDSB in order to enhance the education of all its students. OCASC represents its membership to the OCDSB, government and the wider community. The representative for Pleasant Park is Simone Kortstee, with Lisa Hagedorn as an alternate.

What does OCASC do?

OCASC has recently categorized its services to school councils in three divisions: (a) sharing information; (b) facilitating communication; and (c) representing its membership.

At OCASC meetings, the ever-popular “Chalk-It-Up” sessions provide an opportunity for school councils to share experiences, problems and solutions, best practices, and contact information for further communication. Meetings also provide an opportunity for school councils to stay informed about current board activities and to provide input to board committees through OCASC’s representatives on the many OCDSB committees.

OCASC committee representatives participate fully in OCDSB committee meetings, presenting the views and voice of school councils. OCASC also represents schools councils, as a collective, to board staff and trustees on many issues on an ongoing basis.

When and where does OCASC meet?

OCASC generally meets on the third Thursday of each month. Meetings are held in the library of Fisher Park Public School, 250 Holland Avenue, just north of the Queensway. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m., and are expected to end by 9:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to arrive at 6:45 to register and sign in.

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