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Jan 18

Field trips and financial hardship

We want to let all parents know that all field trips at Heather Park are offered with consideration to families that may not be able to afford the fees.  This is in accordance with SD57 policy items which read:

1.     All communication with students and/or parents regarding fees and deposits must include a statement that explains that fees will not be a barrier to student participation in school activities.

2.    Schools will have in place procedures for ensuring reasonable access for all students wishing to participate in curricular and co-curricular activities.

DEFINITIONS:

“Curricular” means of or pertaining to courses or activities directly relating to prescribed learning outcomes outlined by the Ministry of Education

“Co-curricular” means of or pertaining to activities that, while not required, are intended to enhance the prescribed learning outcomes outlined by the Ministry of Education (e.g. field trips, band concerts, debating clubs, etc.)

“Extra-curricular” means of or pertaining to activities that do not have as their primary focus the prescribed learning outcomes outlined by the Ministry of Education (e.g. international trips at spring break, athletic teams, school dances, etc.)

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With this in mind, the following statement will be included on our field trip permission forms:

It is the policy of School District No. 57, Ecole Heather Park Elementary School and the EHPES Parent Advisory Council that no student should have miss out on classroom-based field trips and special activities due to financial concern.  With this in mind, we invite parents and guardians to contact Bev Schreiner at school by phone (250.962.1811) or email at bschreiner@sd57.bc.ca to discuss how we can help.  Options for financial support include a full or partial waiver of fees or deferred payment plan.

Please contact Steve Fleck 250.962.1811 ex 1045 with feedback on this issue.