District Advisory Councils

The Family of Schools District Advisory Councils (DACs) are mandated to help shape an education system that is focused on and meets the needs of learners, by advising the Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning  on education matters..

District Advisory Councils Role

  • Advise the minister on education issues
  • Identify education priorities within their own district
  • Engage school communities in discussions
  • Foster collaboration among school councils, home and school associations and the community

The councils will consider a balance between local issues brought forward by council members and topics that the minister is seeking advice on.  Priorities identified and discussed previously at DACs include:

  • Early interventions for students
  • Healthy school food for all Island students
  • Homework guidelines
  • Staffing models and meeting school needs
  • Class size and composition
  • Common assessments
  • PsychEd assessments
  • Late French immersion
  • Flexible learning

District Advisory Councils Membership

  • One parent from each school council/home and school association in the family of schools
  • Two students from high schools within the family of schools
  • One teacher from a school within the family of schools
  • A regional director of the P.E.I. Home and school Federation for each family of schools

Members can be elected or appointed, it is up to each DAC to determine its own process. 

  • Parent and teacher terms are two (2) years, with the option to renew once, for a maximum of four (4) years of service. 
  • Student terms are 1 year, with the option to renew once, for a maximum of two (2) years of service.
Family of Schools Enrolment (2019/2020)
District Advisory Councils are based on existing families of schools
Bluefield 3,062
Charlottetown  7,866
Three Oaks 2,924
Kensington / Kinkora 635 / 425
Montague 1,747
Morell / Souris 512 / 524
Westisle 1,995

Meeting Format

Representatives are encouraged to bring any information forward to the council meetings that may be of interest to other parents, teachers and students. Agendas are based on action items carried forward as well as any new business any member would like added. 

Often guests attend to provide information to members about priorities, programs and services offered by the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning or Public Schools Branch.

At the end of the meeting, representatives are encouraged to go back to their school community and gather information on the priorities for their school and areas that might be discussed at the next meeting.

Transparency and accountability

Key themes from council meetings and reports will be posted in the RESOURCES section of this site by family of schools. (Please note: This is not a comprehensive record. A summary of discussion is provided to each DAC for consideration before posting online).


Published date: 
December 10, 2020