Withdrawal Option

As the name of this step implies, parents have the option to withdraw their child or children from being registered with thee as home schooling students. The “Home School Regulations” of the Alberta “School Act” actually provide for two scenarios regarding withdrawing a child from a home schooling program:

1. Scenario One: Parent Terminated Programs

2. Scenario Two: School Board Terminated Programs

In the case of scenario two, the parent(s) does have an opportunity to appeal the board’s decision.

Let’s look at both scenarios as well as the appeal process.

1. Scenario One: Parent Terminated Programs

For various reasons, parents may find it necessary to withdraw their child or children from the home schooling program here at thee, and the official terminology for doing so is, “terminating the home schooling program”. You simply need to phone, fax, or email the Sherwood Park thee office to notify the staff of your decision to terminate your home school program (please also notify your Facilitator). You will then soon receive, from the thee office, a Notification of Withdrawal form that you will need to complete, sign, and return to the thee office for the purpose of officially requesting the thee staff to close your child or children’s personal student file(s).

2. Scenario Two: School Board Terminated Programs

The Board of The Home Education Exchange/Morinville Christian School is responsible to the Government of Alberta to ensure that students registered with The Home Education Exchange are learning and developing at a reasonable rate, given their individual abilities. Should a situation arise where the student’s education is being neglected, The Home Education Exchange will send a letter to the parent, with a copy to their Facilitator, indicating the deficiencies in the implemented program with suggestions for improvement. If, at the next Facilitator visit, the Facilitator has not observed an effort on the part of the parent(s) to remedy the situation, the thee office will send a letter to the parent(s) to advise the family that their registration with Morinville Christian School has been revoked with reason, and the thee staff will mail a copy of this letter to the family’s resident school board.

The Appeal Process

If the parent(s) wants to appeal the decision made by the home school board to terminate his/her/their student’s program, the parent(s) will need to send a letter summarizing the grievance to the school board (address below), with a copy sent to The Home Education Exchange.

Since private schools are under no obligation to provide home education support to the public, there is no further appeal beyond the Chairman of the school board.