NYC schools are required to have either a Parent Association (PA) or a Parent Teacher Association (PTA). "PA" is a Parent Association and "PTA" is a Parent/Teacher Association. In you monthly meeting, parents can vote as to which type of entity they will be establishing.
These organizations advocate for students and families, update parents and families about the school plan, and run activities for parents and families. PA/PTA's can support schools in a number of ways, including: hosting parent workshops, organizing activities for families (both academic and social), by raising funds and running volunteer events.
PA/PTA Elections PowerPoint
How to lead your PA/PTA/SLT Elections using Zoom
Parent University: PA/PTA Elections (Spanish)
Zoom: The Basics
How to set up a meeting in Zoom
Zoom Meeting Controls
How to Configure Zoom Audio/Video
How to Share your Screen in Zoom
Google Meet: The Basics
How to use Google Meet
Ask Your Parents
Every school has it's own video platform that they utilize for school meetings. Please ask your parents in your next PA/PTA meeting which platform is best for them. If there are folks who don't know how to use the platform that gets the best response, then show them this page on our D7 website to help them learn the platform so that they can participate without the fear of not knowing how to navigate the election meeting.
Google Meet vs. Zoom
Chancellor's Regulation A-660 governs PA/PTA's and The Presidents' Council.
** Please find the regulations in English, Spanish, French & Bengali.
** The PA/PTA Bylaws Training document is available in English.
** The PA/PTA Bylaws templates are in English, Spanish and French.
** For your convenience, we have also included an updated copy of the District 7 Schools Directory
Chancellor's Regulations (CR) A-660
PA/PTA Financial Documents
PA/PTA's are allowed to fund raise in order to enrich students' education - including for classroom materials, school-wide improvements, enrichment activities, after-school programs, and other student needs.
There are numerous ways to raise money for your school, such as direct appeals; sales of merchandise, food and other items at events; and crowdfunding campaigns. PA/PTAs also can secure funds to pay for specific programs or activities through grants from foundations, elected officials or organizations.