JN: Student Fees, Charges and Financial Hardship

Classification: 
J: Students
Code: 
JN

The Board of Education is committed to providing a wide range of educational opportunities for all students.

The Board will provide free of charge to school-age students resident in the district and enrolled in an educational program at one of its school:

  • instruction in an educational program sufficient to meet general graduation requirements;
  • educational resource materials necessary for participation in the education program; and
  • field studies where attendance is mandatory and/or assessment will take place.

Under the School Act, the Board may charge fees for goods and services:

  • for the purchase or rental of tools, equipment and materials necessary for a student’s participation in a trades program (the Board may alternatively require students to provide their own tools, equipment and materials necessary for participation in a trades program);
  • for the purchase or rental of a musical instrument for the student’s personal use (the Board may alternatively require a student to provide his or her own musical instrument for the purposes of participation in a music class, course or program or a fine arts class, course or program with a music component);
  • for paper, writing tools, exercise books, and other school supplies and equipment intended for students’ personal use;
  • for materials and equipment beyond that which is necessary to meet the required learning outcomes or assessment requirements of an educational program provided by the Board;
  • for the expenses such as transportation, accommodation, meals, entrance fees and equipment rentals for optional trips or special events; and
  • for a specialty academy.

Students may also be required to pay for being involved in processes not directly required for graduation in the K-12 program; examples of such fees would include fees required to enroll in the Challenge Process, writing examinations for equivalency, or examinations for programs outside the Provincial Examination process.

Fees may also be charged for extracurricular activities, membership in a student association, yearbooks, combination locks for lockers, etc. Administrators will monitor the charging of such fees to ensure that the spirit of the School Act is observed.

The Board is authorized, by law, to charge tuition fees to non-resident students (see JECB Admission of Non-resident Students).

POLICY - FINANCIAL HARDSHIP

The Board of Education Trustees is committed to ensuring that no school-age student will be denied an opportunity to participate in a course, class or program because of an inability to pay fees.

PROCEDURE – FINANCIAL HARDSHIP

The Board recognizes that some families may not be able to afford school fees. Board policy is that no student of school age will be denied an opportunity to participate in a course, class or program because of financial hardship.

Applications

Parents and guardians unable to pay some or all of a school fee are invited to speak to their child’s teacher, school counsellor, and/or the school Principal.

Confidentiality

All financial hardship applications and discussions shall be confidential, with a view to facilitating the student’s participation.

Actions

Actions that may be taken to address barriers to participation include: partial payment or complete waiver of the fee, payment by installment, and/or fundraising activities to reduce overall costs.

Publication

The Board’s financial hardship policy shall be published in each school’s schedule of fees, included on excursion and activity permission forms, referred to in school newsletters, published on school websites, included in application forms for educational programs requiring payment of fees or for which students are required to provide their own special equipment, and teachers and administrators shall be alert to such cases.

Current practice codified 1982 DMT Responsibility:

Cross References: 
IICA: Fields Studies; JECB: Admission of Non-resident Students
Adopted Date: 
Monday October 18, 1982
Revision Date: 
Aug 1990
Nov 1997
Jul 2008