PARENTAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES WHEN DEALING WITH SCHOOL CONCERNS
- If you have a concern about your child's education, health or safety at school you should speak to your child's teacher, school counsellor or school principal.
- If your concern involves possible serious legal or ethical matters related to "inappropriate" employee conduct, and you feel you cannot discuss the matter with the employee involved, you may contact the Principal, Secretary-Treasurer, Superintendent, Director of Instruction or District Principal.
- Where the decision of a School District Employee significantly affects the education, health or safety of a student, the student or his/her parents may appeal the decision.
- Copies of the District's Appeals Bylaw and appeal forms are available to you at the schools, at the School Board office or at www.sd47.bc.ca (click on Governance, then Appeals Bylaw). NOTE: The appeal process requires you to have properly consulted the employee(s) involved before appealing. It could result in you presenting your case before the Board of Education.
- A student or parent may appeal a decision of the Board of Education to a Superintendent of Achievement (Ministry of Education). Not all Board decisions may be appealed. See the School District No. 47 Appeals Bylaw for further information or go to www.studentappeals.gov.bc.ca
- Respect the confidentiality of all concerned.
There is a direct relationship between regular attendance and academic success. Benefits gained from regular classroom instruction cannot necessarily be made up. If Your Child Is Absent please provide a written note in the student's agenda stating the date and the reason for absence.
In an effort to improve communication between home and school, Brooks has enlisted the 'help' of an automatic callout system called 'SchoolConnects' for students' absences and for certain other communications bound for home.
There are a couple of key features to the system:
- In our previous system, only one phone number was able to be entered for each student. In the new system, parents can be called on both home and cell phones, and an e-mail will be sent. For people who share parenting responsibilities in more than one home, all custodial parents will now receive notifications.
- Please ensure that your e-mail address(es) and phone numbers are up-to-date with the school. To update this information please either call the school at 604-483-3171 or preferably email our Office Manager Heidi Gable at: Heidi.Gable@sd47.bc.ca
- Parents are able to sign-up to receive text message notifications. Here's how you can sign-up for this:
- Create a message to the number 56360 rather than a phone number
- In the body of the message, simply type in the word "Join"
- If your cell phone number is on-record at the school, you will receive a confirmation message saying you've opted in. However, if you receive a message requesting your contact the school, please do so and you'll be able enroll 24hours later.
- On occasion, we will be using this system to broadcast other information (e.g. snow days, ferry cancellations, etc.). Please let us know if you do not wish to receive this information via this system.
If you require general information please check out our school website at: www.sd47.bc.ca/school/brooks If you require specific information about that you can not find there please contact the main office.
Please do not telephone the school to deliver personal messages to your son or daughter. Let them know about appointments, work, etc., before they leave for school. Please do not call your son or daughter's cell phone during class time.
If you want student progress surveys, advice, career information or post secondary information, please contact the counsellors' office.
Contacting Teachers by Email
Email is the most efficient method of communicating with teachers at Brooks. Go to the Brooks Secondary website, www.brooks.sd47.bc.ca., click on 'Contacts', scroll down and click on the teacher's name. Please be sure to forward your email address to Heidi Gable (firstname.lastname@example.org) as that will ensure we can send you school information and the newsletter.
You should check your student's planner regularly and use it for home/school communication. Students without a planner will have to arrange and pay for a replacement book and use it. The planner serves as a hall pass for all students.
It is the student's responsibility to carry their own Planner at all times.
In addition to a rigorous academic program, Brooks also offers a variety of dual credit programs and challenging electives. For more information, please contact any counsellor. For more information about curriculum please visit https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/.