Serving on SBDM Councils

  • Serving on the School-Based Decision Making Council is one way to get more involved in your child's school. SBDM is the governing body that determines school policy for curriculum, staffing, discipline, scheduling, instructional practices, extracurricular activities, and other matters pertinent to the operation of the school. 

    A council is made up of elected parents, teachers, counselors, and principals. The term typically runs July 1 through June 30.

    To qualify to run, you must be a parent, stepparent, foster parent, or legal guardian of a student attending the school during the term of office. (You are ineligible if you are an employee or a relative of an employee of that school or the district office, or you're a school board member or the spouse of a school board member.)

    All newly elected SBDM parent members or those with a break in service must pass a background check. The first step is to schedule an appointment with FCPS Human Resources to request a child abuse and neglect (CAN) central registry report. Bring a photo ID and a valid driver’s license or original Social Security card. HR staff will also provide instructions to schedule a fingerprint appointment with the state IdentoGo system, including the list of acceptable identity documents and a coupon code to pay for the process.


    Web tip: For more information about these councils, visit