Legal Information - Education FAQ's

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Q:  Where do I have the right to attend school?

A.  In most cases, you have to attend a school in the school district where you live.


Q.  When must my child start school?

A.  A child is required to attend school at age 6. A child may start school (junior kindergarten) at the age of 4 or turning 4 in the calendar year, or at the age of 5 or turning 5 in the calendar year (senior kindergarten), if those programs are offered by your board.


Q.  What if I don’t have transportation to get to school?

A.  School boards may provide transportation, but don’t have to. If the board does provide transportation, then it cannot discriminate against students with disabilities and must provide transportation for them, even if the school has to arrange for a different form of transportation or have the driver change its bus routes.

 


Q.  What if I don’t want to go to school?  Do I have to go?

A.  Unless you have a legal excuse not to attend you must stay in school until your 18th birthday. If you regularly skip school, you can be charged with truancy.


Q.  I am a parent and I would like to educate my child at home. Is this possible?

A.  Yes, provided that you set up a home-based course of study and your local board is satisfied that the home-based course satisfies the requirements for an education program. Contact your school board to discuss options.


Q.  What if my child is suspended?

A.  Being suspended from school is a serious matter. If the suspension lasts more than 5 days, make sure your child is admitted to a program for suspended students so he or she does not get too far behind. Even for shorter suspensions, ask the school to provide homework.


Q.  What happens if I am suspended?

A.  If you are suspended, the principal must tell you, your parents (some age exceptions apply) and teachers as soon as possible. This is followed by a notice of suspension in writing giving the details of the suspension, information about the right to appeal and whether the principal is considering expulsion


Q.  How long can suspensions last for?

A.  A student will not be able to attend classes or participate in any school-related activity for anywhere between 1-20 days.


Q.  I feel I’ve been suspended unfairly, what can I do?

A.  Your parents or you (some age exceptions apply) must write a letter to the supervisory officer named in your notice of suspension and ask for an appeal. You must give the supervisory officer notice of your intention to appeal within 10 school days of the start of the suspension.

Suspension appeals must be held within 15 school days of receiving your written notice saying that you want to appeal the suspension unless everyone agrees to extend the time.


Q.  What happens when I am expelled?

A.  First, you will be suspended (see "What happens if I am suspended?") from your school and all extra-curricular activity for 20 days pending an investigation.

If you are suspended pending a possible expulsion, the letter will also tell you which suspended students program you are being referred to while the investigation is taking place. If after an investigation the principal recommends expulsion, he or she will prepare a report and the matter will be referred to the school board for a hearing and to decide if you should be expelled.


Q.  I feel I’ve been expelled unfairly, what can I do?

A.  You have the right to appeal to the Child & Family Services Review Board.


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