School Board contacts, policies, forms, and responses

See the page on School Board Policies for important information about your rights and what to watch out for. If you're already well-informed, you can skip directly to the list of school boards to find yours by alphabetical order.

School Boards — A to B

Algoma District School Board – ADSB

644 Albert St E
Sault Ste Marie ON P6A 2K7

Board Type: Pub Dist Sch Brd (E/F)
Board Language: English
Region: Sudbury-North Bay Regional Office
Phone Number: (705) 945-7111
Toll-free: 1-888-393-3639
Fax Number: (705) 942-2540
General Email: see Contact page (currently listed as walshf@adsb.on.ca)
Website:
www.adsb.on.ca

Send the letter of intent to the Superintendent of Education responsible for your school. The board's webpage on Senior Administration (under About Us) lists each superintendent's name and phone number (no email, no schools, no responsibilities). If you don't know which superintendent is responsible for your school, you can send your letter of intent without an addressee. Email it to the general enquiries contact email address, or postal mail it to the board's mailing address.

ADSB letter of intent

ADSB doesn't have their own notification form, so you can just use a standard letter of intent template.

ADSB letter of reply

We haven't yet seen what kind of response letter parents typically receive from this board. If you receive one, please forward a copy to us so we can let other parents know what to expect.

ADSB policy/procedure

Their Policies page doesn’t list anything for Home Schooling. We hope this means they follow PPM131 directly. The only cautions are therefore the cautions that apply to PPM131. However, if you receive a policy document from them, please share it with us so we can let other parents know what to expect.

Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board – ALCDSB

151 Dairy Ave
Napanee ON K7R 4B2

Board Type: Cath Dist Sch Brd (E/F)
Board Language: English
Region: Ottawa Regional Office
Phone Number: (613) 354-2255
Toll-free: 1-800-581-1116
Fax Number: (613) 354-0351
General Email: info@alcdsb.on.ca
Website:
www.alcdsb.on.ca

Send the letter of intent to the Director of Education. The board's Contact Directory (under Board and Administration) lists the Director's Office without their name, so you can just use their title instead. There's no direct email address, but there's a link (labeled "Email") to a contact form that has attachment capabilities.

ALCDSB letter of intent

The ALCDSB Letter of Intent form is acceptable to use, being almost identical to PPM131 appendix B.

ALCDSB letter of reply

The ALCDSB letter of response to parents is similar to PPM131 appendix C except that it omits mentioning PPM131 and adds a paragraph about taking courses through the Independent Learning Centre (ILC).

Please note: they also have a Form B, which is only for investigations, not intended to be used routinely. If you are asked to fill it out, please contact us at OFTP before you respond so we can help you make an informed decision about how (or whether) to do so.

ALCDSB policy/procedure

Their Policies & Protocols page (under Board Administration) lists the following documents for Home Schooling, under the Administration section:

Please note that the above links go to the 2019 versions of these documents and may therefore become invalid if the documents are later revised. For comparison, here is the 2008 version of the Administrative Procedure A-2008-01-3 Home Schooling, which was still on their website at the time of publishing this information here.

The board's Procedures document is aligned with PPM131. It even includes an important policy prescription usually omitted by most school boards: that it "recognizes that the methodology, materials, schedules and assessment techniques used by parents who provide home schooling may differ from those used by educators in the school system. For example, the parent may not be following the Ontario curriculum, using standard classroom practices in the home or teaching with the standard school day or school year." Therefore, the only cautions about the ALCDSB's Procedures document are the same as the cautions that apply to PPM131 itself.

Avon Maitland District School Board – AMDSB

CAUTION - may be misleading

62 Chalk St N
Seaforth ON N0K 1W0

Board Type: Pub Dist Sch Brd (E/F)
Board Language: English
Region: London Regional Office
Phone Number: (519) 527-0111
Toll-free: 1-800-592-5437
Fax Number: (519) 527-0222
General Email: info@ed.amdsb.ca
Website:
www.amdsb.ca

Special note: AMDSB is one of the school boards that offers home-based distance schooling via online credit courses towards the OSSD, even for students from other school boards, but you must simultaneously be registered in a day school in order to enroll in the AMDSB online courses. See our blog post about Home Based Learning in the Teen Years for more information before deciding to switch to actual homeschooling.

For actual homeschooling (or enrolling in courses with other online schools as a homeschooler), send the letter of intent to the Superintendent responsible for Home Schooling. To find out which one that is, visit their webpage on Director & Senior Staff (in the Our Board submenu), which includes superintendents' name, phone, email, schools, responsibilities. The Superintendent whose responsibilities include Home Schooling is currently (Oct.2020) listed as Jodie Baker – Superintendent of Education (Student Support Services), 519-527-0111 ext. 208, jodie.baker@ed.amdsb.ca

AMDSB letter of intent

There's no link to their 299A Form on their website and we haven't yet received a copy of it from any parents. If you have one, please share it with us so we can let other parents know what to expect.

AMDSB letter of reply

There's no link on their website to any sample letter of response to the letter of intent, and no reply or form for it is mentioned in their Procedure document. Actual responses received by parents are similar to the sample provided in PPM131: they acknowledge receipt of the letter of intent, confirm the child is excused from attendance under section 21(2)(a) of the Education, enclose a copy of PPM131, and mention access to EQAO testing. In addition, they enclose a copy of their own AP299 procedure document and their Form B "for your use," and invite parents to get in touch if they have any questions. They end with the following:

Please feel free to make contact at any time with your local school principal to discuss your child’s program, or to explore ways of accessing curriculum and resources. If you require clarification concerning the procedures, please call me at 1-800-592-5437 or 527-0111 extension 113.

CAUTION: offers of help and resources = possibility of strings attached

AMDSB policy/procedure

Their Policies & Procedures page (under Our Board) lists Home Schooling as Administrative Procedure No.299: Home Schooling (under Educational Programming Materials).

CAUTION:
- omissions
- misinformation or misleading wording about
approving/excusing
parents being "encouraged" to provide excessive information
- the same cautions as for PPM131 itself

Bloorview School Authority

150 Kilgour Road
Toronto ON M4G 1R8

Board Type: Provincial/Hospital
Board Language: English
Region: Toronto and Area Regional Office
Phone Number: (416) 424-3831
Toll-free: none
Fax Number: (416) 425-2981
General Email: info@bloorviewschool.ca
Website:
https://bloorviewschool.ca/

Since this is a Provincial/Hospital board type, the usual procedures for withdrawing a child from enrolment may not apply. However, if they do, you can just use the standard letter of intent and send it to the school authority without addressing it to any specific person.

Bluewater District School Board – BWDSB

Box 190
351 1st Ave N
Chesley ON N0G 1L0

Board Type: Pub Dist Sch Brd (E/F)
Board Language: English
Region: Barrie Regional Office
Phone Number: (519) 363-2014
Toll-free: 1-800-661-7509
Fax Number: (519) 370-2909
General Email: info@bwdsb.on.ca
Website:
www.bwdsb.on.ca

This board's policy directs parents to send the notification to the principal, but you might also want to send it to the school board, since that's what the Ministry's policy (PPM131) directs you to do. Address it to the Superintendent of Education responsible for your school if you know which one that is, otherwise just to "Superintendent of Education for [name of school]." The board's webpage on Senior Administration (under About Us) lists each superintendent's name only (no schools, no responsibilities), and there is a single phone number, fax, and email address (info@bwdsb.on.ca), listed for all of them.

BWDSB letter of intent

In their Administrative Procedure document, they make reference to form AF 6225 “Home Schooling Notification of Intent Letter” but it's not included in the AP document itself and we could find no link to the form on their website. You can use a standard letter of intent instead. (If you've received a copy of the AF 6225 form, please share it with us so we can let other parents know what to expect).

BWDSB letter of reply

In their Administrative Procedure document, they make reference to form 6226 as providing a sample letter of reply, but we could not find a link to the form on their website. Actual responses received by parents contain 3 of the 4 messages included in a standard letter of reply: acknowledging receipt of the letter of intent, confirming that the child is excused from attendance under section 21(2)(a) of the Education Act, and mentioning the availability of EQAO testing. They omit the mention of PPM131.

BWDSB policy/procedure

Their Policies & Procedures page (under About Us) lists Home Schooling in the Students section, as Administrative Procedure AP 6225-D.

CAUTION:
- misinformation or misleading wording
- offers of help and resources = possibility of strings attached
- omissions
- the same cautions as for PPM131 itself

Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board – BHNCDSB

Box 217
322 Fairview Dr
Brantford ON N3T 5M8

Board Type: Cath Dist Sch Brd (E/F)
Board Language: English
Region: London Regional Office
Phone Number: 519-756-6369
Toll-free: none
Fax Number: 519-756-9913
General Email: info@bhncdsb.ca
Website:
www.bhncdsb.ca

Send the letter of intent to the Director of Education. The board's page on Senior Administration (Board > Contacts > Senior Administration) lists the Director's name and email address: DirectorsOffice@bhncdsb.ca.

BHNCDSB letter of intent

Page 7 of their Administrative Procedure document is their version of the letter of intent form. It's an acceptable form to use, being similar to the Ministry's PPM131 appendix B.

BHNCDSB letter of reply

Page 8 of their Administrative Procedure document is their version of the school board letter in response to a parent's notification. It includes all the same messages as PPM131's appendix C.

BHNCDSB policy/procedure

Their Policies, Procedures & ByLaws page (in the Board submenu) lists Home Schooling in the Students section, as Administrative Procedure AP 200.16 – Home Schooling

CAUTION:
- misinformation or misleading wording
- omissions
- the same cautions as for PPM131 itself

Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board – BGCDSB

RED FLAG — misinforms parents and contravenes PPM131

799 16th Ave
Hanover ON N4N 3A1

Board Type: Cath Dist Sch Brd (E/F)
Board Language: English
Region: Barrie Regional Office
Phone Number: (519) 364-5820
Toll-free: none
Fax Number: (519) 364-5882
General Email: bruce_grey@bgcdsb.org
Website:
www.bgcdsb.org

Send the letter of intent to the Director of Education or their assistant. The board's webpage on Administration (About Us> Administration & Trustees) lists the names of the Director of Education and all the Superintendents of Education under the heading Senior Administration, but without contact information (nor assigned schools or responsibilities). On the Directory page (About Us sub-menu), the Senior Administration list includes the name, position, and phone extension of the Director's Office Executive Administrative Assistant and the Superintendents of Education Executive Administrative Assistant. To obtain a related email address, we dug into the other webpages and (at the time) found an email address for the Executive Assistant to the Director of Education under About BGCDSB > Departments > Communications, but that page has since disappeared from their site. (At the time — fall 2020 — it was listed as Doreen Schultz at doreen_schultz@bgcdsb.org. You could probably derive other email addresses based on the way this one is constructed from the person's name.) You can also use the board's general email address if you can't obtain an email address by phone, or are not sure how up-to-date or accurate your information is.

BGCDSB letter of intent

As far as we can tell, they don’t have their own form, so you can just use a standard letter of intent.

BGCDSB letter of reply

Actual responses received by parents have included most of the same paragraphs as PPM131's appendix C sample reply: acknowledging receipt of the notification, stating the child is excused under subsection 21(2)(a) of the Education Act, mentioning the availability of EQAO testing. However, there is no mention of PPM131, and there is an additional paragraph that contains misinformation that is in direct contravention of the very purpose of PPM131:

RED FLAG!!!

If you decide to continue to provide home schooling in subsequent years, you are required [emphasis added] to provide written notification each year, prior to September 1st, of your intent and, in addition, submission of evidence [emphasis added] that you are providing satisfactory instruction at home.

CORRECTION #1: You are not "required" to send a yearly notification. PPM131 (just a policy, not the law) states merely that you "should" send one (not that you "must"). The board can certainly request one in any given year, and there is no reason not to respond with one (as a written confirmation) if that request is made, but there is no legal requirement to notify anyone that your homeschooling status has not changed.

CORRECTION #2: You are not "required" to send "evidence" of satisfactory instruction, and in fact you should not do so, as it is in direct contravention of PPM131. PPM131 was established with the specific purpose of revoking routine monitoring of homeschooling. It explicitly tells school boards to accept the letter of intent as evidence of satisfactory instruction and not to investigate the matter under normal circumstances. Please do not enable or normalize this overreach with any compliance. If they insist you submit anything beyond the letter of intent, please get in touch with us at OFTP before you respond, so that we can help you make an informed decision about how to respond effectively.

CAUTION:
- misinformation (see above)
- prejudicial wording

BGCDSB policy/procedure

Their Policy & Procedure page doesn’t list anything for Home Schooling. Given the letter of reply actually received, we suspect they do have a board-specific administrative procedure and are just not sharing it publicly on their website. If you receive a policy document from them, please share it with us so we can let other parents know what to expect.

CAUTION:
- lack of transparency
at the very least:
- the same cautions as for PPM131 itself

And the Red Flag mentioned above


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See the page on School Board Policies for important information about your rights and what to watch out for. If you're already well-informed, you can skip directly to the list of school boards to find yours by alphabetical order.