Extra-curricular activities are not part of the official education program in any public school in B.C. Participation in student council activities, or activities organized by the students themselves, are strictly voluntary.
Student Council Activities
Sample Letter to the Principal
Victoria School Board Fees Policy
Extra-curricular activities are not part of the official education program in any public school in B.C.
The School Act is silent about extra-curricular activities.
Students are not required to participate in any kind of extra-curricular activity sponsored by the school.
The School Act does not recognize extra-curricular activities as part of any educational program at any grade level in any public school.
A student cannot be punished, or receive a lower mark, for failure to participate in any extra-curricular activity.
For religious, ethnic, cultural or other reasons, a student cannot be punished, or discriminated against, for failure to participate in an extra-curricular activity.
Any fees that are charged for participation in an extra-curricular activity are voluntary.
If a student wishes to participate in an extra-curricular activity, but does not have the funds, the school authorities, in an effort to enable all students to participate equally, will usually provide such funds to a student on a strictly confidential basis.
Finally, it is highly unprofessional for any school personnel to violate the concept of (confidentiality) in dealing with any student on any matter.
Participation in student council activities, or activities organized by the students themselves, are strictly voluntary.
All such activities are not part of the education program.
If student groups sponsor or organize such activities, a fee cannot be imposed on a student to participate in such activities.
In the interests of fairness, and equality of opportunity, school principals should ensure that no student is prevented from participating in the activity for lack of funds— especially if the activity is taking place during school hours.
The Supreme Court has ruled that the education program, “means everything
that is done by the teacher for his or her class during school hours. If such
instruction includes such things as field trips and other illustrative 'hands
on' experiences, then any expense involved cannot fall upon the student.”
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