Parent Representatives - College and High School

Verified 27 May 2021 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Parent representatives in middle and high schools are elected annually. They participate in the life of the school, in particular by facilitating relations between parents and teachers.

General

Any parent of a pupil may be elected as a full or alternate representative, unless he is already a member of the board of directors of the establishment. Thus, the CPE: titleContent who would at the same time be the parent of a student enrolled in the same school cannot be elected representative.

A parent of a student who wishes to run for office may be a member of a parent-student association, but this is not mandatory.

The parent who wants to apply must register on a list of applications. Each list must contain at least 2 names of candidates and not more than twice the number of seats to be filled.

The lists of candidates must be given to the head of school 10 free days before the vote.

In high school, there are 5 representatives of parents of students in each board of directors. At the college, there are 6 or 7, depending on the size of the institution.

Schedule

Elections are usually held in early October.

Who can vote?

Every parent of a pupil can vote, regardless of nationality. However, if parental authority has been taken away, the parent of the pupils cannot vote.

Each voter has one vote, regardless of the number of children enrolled in the school.

How to vote?

  • On site, by going to the settled polling station in the school
  • Either the vote under closed cover can be sent by mail or deposited by the student at the school

Method of voting

The ballot is a list ballot.

A list is made up of parents of pupils, whether or not they are members of a parents' association.

The list must have at least 2 names. It may not contain more than twice the number of names than the number of seats to be filled.

Candidates shall be entered on the list without specifying whether they are candidates or alternates.

The order of the candidates on the list determines the allocation of seats.

The list shall bear the name either of the federation presenting the list, or of the association of parents of pupils presenting it, or, in other cases, of 1er candidate.

This is a proportional list vote with the strongest remaining.

The electoral quotient is calculated, i.e. the number of votes cast divided by the number of seats to be filled. To get a seat, the list must get as many votes as the electoral quotient. If there is one vacancy left, the list that has the largest vacancy will get it.

For example, there are 3 vacancies, 4 lists of candidates and 207 votes cast. The electoral quotient is therefore: 207/3 = 69. So it takes 69 votes to get a seat.

Tableau - Results of votes and distribution of seats

Number of votes obtained

Seats obtained

Votes remaining

List A

72

1

3

List B

85

1

16

List C

20

0

20

List D

30

0

30

The last seat will be allocated to the list with the strongest remaining number, that is, list D with 30 votes. She thus gets 1 seat.

In the event of a tie, the vacancy shall be allocated to the list which obtained the largest number of votes.

In the event of a tie in the number of votes, the remaining vacancy shall be allocated to the oldest candidate.

FYI  

if seats are not filled due to a lack of candidates, the school principal shall draw lots among the parents of eligible student volunteers. The draw must be organized within 5 working days after the results.

Parent representatives facilitate relations between parents and staff.

They can intervene with the directors of institutions to raise a particular problem, to ensure a mediation at the request of one or more of the parents concerned.

A room in the school may be made available to representatives of parents of pupils on a temporary or permanent basis. It may be used in particular for the organization of meetings, during and outside school time.

They participate in class tips and the board of directors (6 or 7 representatives in middle schools, 5 in high schools).

They also participate in the disciplinary council (3 representatives in middle schools and 2 in high schools).

In high schools, 2 representatives attend the Delegates' Council for High School Life (CVL).

FYI  

the representative of parents of pupils may also be elected to sit on a departmental, regional, academic or national council. On that occasion, he may be granted days off to carry out his mission.

Representatives are elected for the duration of the school year.

Their term of office shall end on the day of the firstre meeting of the Board following their renewal.

Mayotte

Any parent of a pupil may be elected as a full or alternate representative, unless he is already a member of the board of directors of the establishment. Thus, the CPE: titleContent who would at the same time be the parent of a student enrolled in the same school cannot be elected representative.

A parent of a student who wishes to run for office may be a member of a parent-student association, but this is not mandatory.

The parent who wants to apply must register on a list of applications. Each list must contain at least 2 names of candidates and not more than twice the number of seats to be filled.

The lists of candidates must be given to the head of school 10 free days before the vote.

In high school, there are 5 representatives of parents of students in each board of directors. At the college, there are 6 or 7, depending on the size of the institution.

Schedule

Elections are usually held at the end of September.

Who can vote?

Every parent of a pupil can vote, regardless of nationality. However, if parental authority has been taken away, the parent of the pupils cannot vote.

Each voter has one vote, regardless of the number of children enrolled in the school.

How to vote?

2 possibilities:

  • Travel to the settled polling station in the school.
  • Send the vote in closed mail by post or have it deposited by the student

Method of voting

The ballot is a list ballot.

A list is made up of parents of pupils, whether or not they are members of a parents' association.

The list must contain at least 2 names, and may not contain more than twice the number of seats to be filled.

Candidates shall be entered on the list without specifying whether they are candidates or alternates.

The order of the candidates on the list determines the allocation of seats.

The list shall bear the name either of the federation presenting the list, or of the association of parents of pupils presenting it, or, in other cases, of 1er candidate.

This is a proportional list vote with the strongest remaining.

The electoral quotient is calculated, i.e. the number of votes cast divided by the number of seats to be filled. To get a seat, the list must get as many votes as the electoral quotient. If there is one vacancy left, the list that has the largest vacancy will get it.

For example, there are 3 vacancies, 4 lists of candidates and 207 votes cast. The electoral quotient is therefore: 207/3 = 69. So it takes 69 votes to get a seat.

Tableau - Results of votes and distribution of seats

Number of votes obtained

Seats obtained

Votes remaining

List A

72

1

3

List B

85

1

16

List C

20

0

20

List D

30

0

30

The last seat will be allocated to the list with the strongest remaining number, that is, list D with 30 votes. She thus gets 1 seat.

In the event of a tie, the vacancy shall be allocated to the list which obtained the largest number of votes.

In the event of a tie in the number of votes, the remaining vacancy shall be allocated to the oldest candidate.

FYI  

if no representative has been elected or if seats are not filled due to a lack of candidates, the inspector of national education shall draw lots among the parents of eligible student volunteers.

Parent representatives facilitate relations between parents and staff.

They can intervene with the directors of institutions to raise a particular problem, to ensure a mediation at the request of one or more of the parents concerned.

A room in the school may be made available to representatives of parents of pupils on a temporary or permanent basis. It may be used in particular for the organization of meetings, during and outside school time.

They participate in class tips and the board of directors (6 or 7 representatives in middle schools, 5 in high schools).

They also participate in the disciplinary council (3 representatives in middle schools and 2 in high schools).

In high schools, 2 representatives attend the Delegates' Council for High School Life (CVL).

FYI  

the representative of parents of pupils may also be elected to sit on a departmental, regional, academic or national council. On that occasion, he may be granted days off to carry out his mission.

Representatives are elected for the duration of the school year.

Their term of office shall end on the day of the firstre meeting of the Board following their renewal.

Reunion

Any parent of a pupil may be elected as a full or alternate representative, unless he is already a member of the board of directors of the establishment. Thus, the CPE: titleContent who would at the same time be the parent of a student enrolled in the same school cannot be elected representative.

A parent of a student who wishes to run for office may be a member of a parent-student association, but this is not mandatory.

The parent who wants to apply must register on a list of applications. Each list must contain at least 2 names of candidates and not more than twice the number of seats to be filled.

The lists of candidates must be given to the head of school 10 free days before the vote.

In high school, there are 5 representatives of parents of students in each board of directors. At the college, there are 6 or 7, depending on the size of the institution.

Schedule

Elections are usually held at the end of September.

Who can vote?

Every parent of a pupil can vote, regardless of nationality. However, if parental authority has been taken away, the parent of the pupils cannot vote.

Each voter has one vote, regardless of the number of children enrolled in the school.

How to vote?

2 possibilities:

  • Travel to the settled polling station in the school.
  • Send the vote in closed mail by post or have it deposited by the student

Method of voting

The ballot is a list ballot.

A list is made up of parents of pupils, whether or not they are members of a parents' association.

The list must contain at least 2 names, and may not contain more than twice the number of seats to be filled.

Candidates shall be entered on the list without specifying whether they are candidates or alternates.

The order of the candidates on the list determines the allocation of seats.

The list shall bear the name either of the federation presenting the list, or of the association of parents of pupils presenting it, or, in other cases, of 1er candidate.

This is a proportional list vote with the strongest remaining.

The electoral quotient is calculated, i.e. the number of votes cast divided by the number of seats to be filled. To get a seat, the list must get as many votes as the electoral quotient. If there is one vacancy left, the list that has the largest vacancy will get it.

For example, there are 3 vacancies, 4 lists of candidates and 207 votes cast. The electoral quotient is therefore: 207/3 = 69. So it takes 69 votes to get a seat.

Tableau - Results of votes and distribution of seats

Number of votes obtained

Seats obtained

Votes remaining

List A

72

1

3

List B

85

1

16

List C

20

0

20

List D

30

0

30

The last seat will be allocated to the list with the strongest remaining number, that is, list D with 30 votes. She thus gets 1 seat.

In the event of a tie, the vacancy shall be allocated to the list which obtained the largest number of votes.

In the event of a tie in the number of votes, the remaining vacancy shall be allocated to the oldest candidate.

FYI  

if no representative has been elected or if seats are not filled due to a lack of candidates, the inspector of national education shall draw lots among the parents of eligible student volunteers.

Parent representatives facilitate relations between parents and staff.

They can intervene with the directors of institutions to raise a particular problem, to ensure a mediation at the request of one or more of the parents concerned.

A room in the school may be made available to representatives of parents of pupils on a temporary or permanent basis. It may be used in particular for the organization of meetings, during and outside school time.

They participate in class tips and the board of directors (6 or 7 representatives in middle schools, 5 in high schools).

They also participate in the disciplinary council (3 representatives in middle schools and 2 in high schools).

In high schools, 2 representatives attend the Delegates' Council for High School Life (CVL).

FYI  

the representative of parents of pupils may also be elected to sit on a departmental, regional, academic or national council. On that occasion, he may be granted days off to carry out his mission.

Representatives are elected for the duration of the school year.

Their term of office shall end on the day of the firstre meeting of the Board following their renewal.