Administrative Procedure 303
The Division recognizes the rights of a student determined to be an independent student as defined by the School Act.
Independent Student means a student who is:
- 18 years of age or older, or
- 16 years of age or older, and
- who is living independently, or
- who is party to an agreement under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act.
An Independent Student is entitled to exercise all the rights and powers, receive all the benefits, and is subject to all the obligations that the student's parent/guardian is entitled to exercise, receive, or is subject to, and the student's parent/guardian shall not exercise those rights, receive those benefits, or be subject to those obligations.
- A student who is 18 years of age or older is, by statute, an independent student, however only the student him/herself may give consent to be treated as such.
- Any student who is between 16 and 18 years of age may request to be considered an independent student.
- The student shall complete the Independent Student Declaration Form (303-1).
- To determine independent status, the Principal shall consider the following criteria:
- the circumstances of the request (residence, relationship with parent/guardian);
- parent/guardian confirmation if the student is between 16 and 18 years of age; and
- the written statement or a statutory declaration.
- If the Principal determines that the criteria for independent student status are met, the student shall be recognized as an independent student and this status shall be entered on the student information system.
- If the Principal determines that the criteria are not met, then the student and the parents/guardians shall be advised in writing.
- In the event that circumstances change and the student no longer meets the criteria for independent status, the student and parent/guardian must inform the Principal of the change in writing. The Principal shall then enter the information to reflect the change of status on the student information system.
- All correspondence shall be directly with the independent student unless the student provides written consent allowing the Principal or a designate to provide information to parents/guardians.
Section 3, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 30, 44, 45, 60, 61, 113 School Act
Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act
Last Updated: May 2016