BC Christian Academy is known for its warm and caring environment where parents of our students are actively engaged and supportive of our mission. This has a profound effect on our students’ success. When parents get involved and show interest in their child’s school and education, not only do students perform better, but it also sends a positive message that there is a strong partnership between families and BCCA in our vision of equipping our children to impact the world for Christ.
In 2010, BC Christian Academy implemented its first Parent Participation Program (PPP). The philosophy around the development of the PPP was to assist in developing a stronger Christian community, as well as reduce the financial constraints on the school through rallying our families to volunteer in the school. Each family commits to volunteering a set number of hours each year, as set by the Board of Directors.
The program has proven to be very successful. Families have found that through volunteer work, they have come to understand the heart of the school better while making new, long-lasting relationships. As well, the cost savings to the school has been substantial over the years, allowing the school to put more money back into the educational programs for the children and ensuring the teaching staff is adequately compensated.
As we consider the new realities of COVID19, we need to plan carefully and adopt a different approach to our Parent Participation Program (PPP) this year. Last April, our administration made the decision of waiving any unfulfilled parent volunteer hours during the second semester of the past school year. Our guiding principle in all of this is the health and safety of everyone in our school community.
This school year 2020-21, please be informed that the fulfillment of PPP hours is not mandatory but parental help and support at a safe distance are still strongly encouraged. May we not forget that over the years, it is the support of parents and families like yours that built the strong community of BCCA.