The Division recognizes the right granted under the Education Act for students age sixteen (16) years or older to declare themselves independent students and be granted the same rights that a parent would possess under the Education Act. The declaration process, however, must be done in harmony with the following procedures and is subject to the judgement of the Principal or Superintendent.
- To be eligible to be an independent student, a student must be:
- Eighteen (18) years of age, or older; or
- Sixteen or seventeen (16 or 17) years old and:
- Living independently, and
- Living pursuant to a support agreement under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act.
- As an independent student, the student:
- Has the right to access his/her student files, records and marks and the right to control access to those files;
- Is responsible to pay all required fees or rentals;
- Is responsible for daily and punctual attendance at school and abide by all responsibilities outlined in Administrative Procedure 330: Student Attendance.
- If the student is declared independent, his/her parent(s) shall not exercise those rights ordinarily entitled to a parent(s) under the Education Act.
- The status of a student may change during the course of the school year as the student's circumstances or commitments change.
- The student shall initiate the process to declare his/her status as independent by contacting the Principal of the school in writing.
- For students sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) years of age, the following evidence must be presented to the Principal for review before a decision is made:
- Verification of age;
- Indication of a rental agreement or other such living arrangements;
- Child Welfare papers indicating student’s status, if applicable;
- Evidence of financial accountability;
- Indication of commitment to attend and study;
- Statement from a parent indicating their awareness of the status of the student, where possible.
- The Principal will make the decision. If the independent status is granted, the student’s records and files will be so documented.
- If the Principal does not grant independent status, the student has the right to appeal the decision to the Superintendent.
Section 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 16, 21, 52, 53, 197, 222 Education Act
Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act
Approved: April 11, 1995
Amended: November 13, 2000; August 21, 2018