Blog Topic: Laws & Policies

Good News!! School Health Support Services Update

There has been a positive change in the service delivery model for School Health Support Services. The service delivery model for SHSS is now the same as it is for the Personal Support initiative. This means that the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) will still assess children for eligibility and determine the type and level

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Encouraging News from the Harris Government

I am encouraged with the recent news from the Harris government. There are some very positive things we have seen in the recent past. 1. Standardized Tests – As you can see from the announcements, Harris is high on standardized tests for all grades in the public school system. He has asked the independent schools

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Reaction to The Harris Government 21-Step Action Plan

I was amazed to read the words “”The government will eliminate the institutional bias against home schooling”” in the April 26, 2001 press release from the Harris government. I think that is a very bold and positive statement. It’s really something to celebrate! This forward thinking goal is included in The Harris Government 21-Step Action

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School Health Support Services Phase 2

The August 2000 issue of Home Rules published an article on the extension of school health support services by the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) to independent and home school children. Phase 1 of that initiative took effect in September, 2000. Children taught at home and those in independent schools finally have the

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Cambridge Court Case Report

What follows is a summary of some of the reporting that OFTP received from this event in Court. Cambridge Case – Part 1 A while ago I wrote a note about a family in Cambridge charged with truancy. As you may recall, the family decided to home school one of their 3 children because of

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Extended School Health Services for Homeschoolers – report of problems

In the August 2000 issue of Home Rules, it was reported by Albert Lubberts, President of OFTP, that School Health Support Services would be extended to all independent schools as well as home educated school aged children in the province. This new initiative came into effect on September 2000. The services covered are: occupational therapy,

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Extended School Health Services for Homeschoolers

On December 16, 1999 Elizabeth Witmer, the Minister of Health & Long Term Care (MOHLTC) announced the government’s commitment to provide School Health Support Services to all independent school and home educated school aged children in the province. This new initiative will come into effect in September, 2000. The expected cost to start up this

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Educating the School Board

The following letter was sent by a home schooling parent, Fred Joblin, to his local school board.  This letter was one of several communications back and forth that Mr. Joblin had with the superintendent of the Near North Board of Education as well as the school attendance counsellor. Apparently, the Near North Board of Education

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1999 – Ministry of Education Meetings Update

Talks with the Ministry of Education resumed on October 4th in Hamilton. In attendance were Jim Sebastian, Provincial School Attendance Counselor (PSAC), Pierce Thomas, president of the Ontario Association of Counseling and Attendance Services (OACAS), Glen Purcell, Scarborough attendance counselor, Des Brennan, attendance counselor from the Hamilton-Wentworth school board, Jack Barbibeau, Director from Home Schooling

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OFTP at Bill 160 Legislative Hearings

OFTP President Albert Lubberts outlined for the committee the education choices available to Ontario residents under the Education Act of this province. He stressed the fact that parents may, without government interference, choose to provide a learning environment at home under the sections dealing with private schools or under Section 21 which speaks of home

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