The Bear's Den - Problems at School?

January 12, 2017

The BearPaw Legal Education and Resource Centre has a new resource for parents with children in school. From information about attendance to what do if your child has been suspended or expelled, this resource is available free of charge.

It is important to know that students and parents have rights and responsibilities related to attending school, suspensions and expulsion. Click here to download or order the resource.

Attending School

Responsibilities of students & parents:
• According to the School Act, in Alberta students between the ages of 6 and 16 must attend school.

• Students may be required to attend school in an attendance area set by the school board. Students in the attendance area may be given preferenceover students who do not reside there.

• These laws also say students must attend school regularly and be on time

• There are exceptions for students who are unable to attend school, including those related to sickness and other unavoidable reasons, such as religious holidays, a suspension or expulsion still in effect, or if the school board feels the student’s parents have enough evidence to keep them out of school.

• If there is reason to believe the student does not have a good reason to not attend school, an attendance officer may try to find the student and send them back to school and may accompany them if they believe they need to do so.

For more information on Suspensions and Expulsions from the BearPaw Legal Education and Resource Centre click here