Policy Document

Policy Document

Below is a list of policies arising from resolutions that:

  • have been approved since 1999 and
  • remain active resolutions of the Federation.
1. Affiliations
1.1 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils shall be affiliated with the Canadian Home & School Federation. (2000)

2. Safety Issues
2.1 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils supports the mandatory use of safety restraints on school buses. (1999)
2.2 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils supports the adoption provincially of programmes for schools to teach all members of the school community about the reality of bullying and to assist students in the development of self help skills. (2001)

3. Special Needs Issues
3.1 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils supports the provision of adequate services for students with special needs and is willing to work with the appropriate organizations in order to improve education for special needs students in this province. (1999)
3.2 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils supports the provision of additional teacher allocations for all students who need remedial assistance but do not qualify for Special Education. (1999)
3.3 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils supports the introduction of teacher allocations specifically for remedial reading. (2000)

4. Professional Development Issues
4.1 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils urges the Department of Education to provide adequate professional development for teachers on curriculum delivery and classroom management, ensuring that instructional time is maximized by providing sufficient substitute days. NLFSC urges the Department of Education to offer optional evening, weekend and summer training and to negotiate with teachers to add a block of professional development time before the start of school each year. (1999)
4.2 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils urges the Department of Education to allocate the number of substitute teacher days for professional development separately and independently from the number of substitute teacher days for non-discretionary leave. (2001)

5. School Council Issues
5.1 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils supports the development of a provincial funding policy for School Councils by the Department of Education, including a basic operational grant for all School Councils. (1999)
5.2 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils supports the provision of additional Government funding to reflect operating expenses of each school council in Newfoundland and Labrador. (2000)
5.3 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils supports the protection of school council members by the Government-funded provision of school council travel accident insurance. (2000)
5.4 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils support the development of a policy by the Department of Education to allocate through the school boards, sufficient funds, earmarked to operate school councils. (2002)
5.5 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils supports the provision of workshops for parents involved in home and school associations and school councils. (2002)

6. Technology Issues
6.1 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils supports the provision of adequate technology technicians to schools. This allocation should be in the range of one technician for every school or combination of schools with 100 networked computers. (1999)
6.2 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils supports the provision of technology education to Department Heads, as is currently the allocation policy and practice of the Department of Education for other curriculum specific Department Heads in our school system. (1999)
6.3 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils supports the provision of funding for technical support at a rate of 1 technician for every 65 computers in the schools of our province. (2000)

7. Extracurricular Issues
7.1 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils requests the various organizations involved in school tournaments, festivals and fairs to coordinate a schedule so that there will be no conflicts. (2000)

8. School Building Maintenance Issues
8.1 As most government buildings are maintained at a cost of $2.50 per square foot, and schools are maintained at a cost of $0.55 per square foot, the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils recommends that funding for schools’ maintenance be increased to a standard more in keeping with that spent on other publicly maintained buildings. (2000)
8.2 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils recommends regular air quality testing in all the province’s schools, that the recommendations be followed up, and that air quality reports be forwarded to the respective school councils. (2001)

9. Funding Issues
9.1 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils urges the Department of Education to increase the per pupil grant to school districts to provide adequate funding for all approved school programmes. (2001)
9.2 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils requests that the Department of Education state publicly that Government does not fund 100% of the cost of textbooks and field trips up to Grade 8 and that such costs must be covered by parents. (2001)
9.3 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils requests that the Minister of Education disassociate School Councils from any responsibility connected with local level funding. (2001)

10. Substitute Teacher Issues
10.1 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils urges the Department of Education to not recover the costs of over-runs in substitute teacher days for non-discretionary leave from school boards. (2001)

11. Food and Nutrition Issues
11.1 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils encourages School Councils to work in a co-operative manner with their respective School Boards to move forward the development of Food and Nutrition policies for schools to improve access to nutritious food for students in schools throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. (2002)

12. Teacher Allocations
12.1 The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils urges the Department of Education to not reduce any teacher allocations for the next three years. (2002)