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 — T to V

Thames Valley District School Board - TVDSB

Box 5888
1250 Dundas St E
London ON N6A 5L1

Board Type: Pub Dist Sch Brd (E/F)
Board Language: English
Region: London Regional Office
Phone Number: (519) 452-2000
Toll-free: none
Fax Number: (519) 452-2395
General Email: contact form (ability to include attachment)
Website:
www.tvdsb.ca

Send the letter of intent to the Superintendent of Student Achievement responsible for your school, via their assistant. The board's webpage on Senior Administration (Our Board > About Us > Senior Administration) has a link to the Administrative Overview pdf listing the current school year's superintendents' name, assistant's name, schools, portfolio. Once you know the name of the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of Student Achievement for your school, you can find the assistant's phone number and online contact form ("email" — has file attachment capabilities) in the list on the Contact page, under Learning Support Services.

TVDSB letter of intent

They don’t appear to have a form of their own. You can use the standard letter of intent. However, if you receive a notification form from them (other than the PPM131 appendix), please share it with us so we can let other parents know what to expect.

TVDSB letter of reply

Their school board response letter is basically the same as the sample response provided by PPM131, except for some misleading wording ("requires") and the addition of a paragraph that may give the wrong impression about OSSD credits and post-secondary opportunities.

CAUTION:
- misleading wording ("requires")
- misleading wording (re: OSSD credits and post-secondary opportunities)

TVDSB policy/procedure

Their Policies and Procedures page doesn’t list anything for Home Schooling, and parents have only received a copy of PPM131 in the board's response, rather than anything board-specific. We hope this means they follow PPM131 directly. Therefore, the only other cautions (beyond those already mentioned for the letter of response) are the cautions that apply to PPM131 itself.

Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board - TBCDSB

459 Victoria Ave. West
Thunder Bay ON P7C 0A4

Board Type: Cath Dist Sch Brd (E/F)
Board Language: English
Region: Thunder Bay Regional Office
Phone Number: (807) 625-1555
Toll-free: none
Fax Number: (807) 623-0431
General Email: none
Website:
www.tbcdsb.on.ca

Send the letter of intent to the Superintendent of Education responsible for your school. The board's webpage about the Director's Office (Board > Departments > Director's Office) includes superintendents’ name, phone, fax, email, school type (K-6, 7-8+, 9-12). They can also be found on the page about Student Achievement (Board > Departments > Student Achievement).

TBCDSB letter of intent

They don’t appear to have a form of their own. You can use the standard letter of intent. However, if you receive a notification form from them, please share it with us so we can let other parents know what to expect.

TBCDSB letter of reply

We have not yet seen a reply letter from this school board. If you've received one, please share it with us so we can let other parents know what to expect.

TBCDSB policy/procedure

Their Policies page (Board sub-menu) 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.

Toronto Catholic District School Board - TCDSB

Catholic Education Centre
80 Sheppard Ave E
Toronto ON M2N 6E8

Board Type: Cath Dist Sch Brd (E/F)
Board Language: English
Region: Toronto and Area Regional Office
Phone Number: (416) 222-8282
Toll-free: none
Fax Number: (416) 229-5353
General Email: commdept@tcdsb.org
Website:
www.tcdsb.org

Send the letter of intent to the Superintendent of Education responsible for your school. The board's webpage on School Superintendents (Board > TCDSB Administration > Administrative Offices > School Superintendents) includes name, address, phone, email, family of schools.

TCDSB letter of intent

We don't appear to have a form of their own. You can use the standard letter of intent.

TCDSB letter of reply

Their school board response letter is similar to the PPM131's sample response letter, except that it doesn't mention PPM131. However, email responses appear to include a copy of PPM131. There is some misleading wording in the email message to which the reply letter is attached.

CAUTION:
- misleading wording ("Your request has been approved")

TCDSB policy/procedure

Their Policies and Procedures page (Board sub-menu) doesn’t list anything for Home Schooling. We hope this means they follow PPM131 directly. Therefore the only other cautions (beyond the ones listed for the letter of reply) are the cautions that apply to PPM131 itself.

Toronto District School Board - TDSB

If postal mailing the letter of intent, do not necessarily use the main address, which is as follows:
5050 Yonge St
Toronto ON M2N 5N8

Board Type: Pub Dist Sch Brd (E/F)
Board Language: English
Region: Toronto and Area Regional Office
Phone Number: (416) 397-3000
Toll-free: none
Fax Number: (416) 395-8280
General Email: GeneralInquiries@TDSB.on.ca
Website:
www.tdsb.on.ca

On the TDSB website, under Elementary School > School Choices, there is a submenu that includes the link to their brief webpage about Home Schooling. It includes three links: one for their notification of intent form, one for finding the Superintendent to whom you should send it, and one to a pdf Fact Sheet: Home Schooling - Support for Parents.

The fact sheet lists the Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents twice: under its own heading as an organization for support and information (no other groups or organizations are listed), and under the heading Support & Materials (for its resource directory).

Send the letter of intent to the Superintendent of Education for your area (see the map of school areas). To send it by email, first find your superintendent’s name on the map, then find the corresponding email address in the list of School Superintendents (About Us > Director of Education > Senior Team > School Superintendents). If you have no way to email your letter of intent and need to send it by postal mail instead, we assume you mail it to the Learning Centre for your area, since their addresses are listed in the header of their letter of intent form 553A:

Learning Centre 1
Superintendent of Education Offices
1Civic Centre Court, 2nd floor
Etobicoke ON M9C 2B3

Learning Centre 2
Superintendent of Education Offices
5050 Yonge Street, 5th floor
Toronto ON M2N 5N8

Learning Centre 3
Superintendent of Education Offices
140 Borough Drive, 4th floor
Scarborough ON M1P 4N6

Learning Centre 4
Superintendent of Education Offices
1 Civic Centre Court, 2nd floor
Etobicoke ON M9B 2B3

TDSB letter of intent

The TDSB letter of intent form (form 553A — a fillable pdf, signed digitally) is similar to PPM131's appendix B except that it includes a column for indicating which school the child last attended. This is not an unreasonable thing for them to ask, and we recommend you provide that information.

TDSB letter of reply

Their reply template (form 553B) is similar to PPM131's appendix C. One actual reply received by a parent included the addition of a paragraph about sending notification yearly before September 1st in subsequent years.

TDSB policy/procedure

The link for their notification of intent form goes to a Policies, Procedures and Forms page which in turn links to the letter of intent form and other pdf files related to homeschooling:

CAUTION:
- outdated wording ("child")
- misleading wording bordering on misinformation ("must" notify, "requirement to submit")
- misleading wording bordering on misinformation ("request")
- overreaching (using specific notification form)
- outdated information ("Section 20")
- misleading wording ("have" a child legally excused)
- omission (easier ways to access to Ontario curriculum guidelines)
- outdated information (CCAC)
- overreaching (possible attempts to dissuade)
- omission (how homeschooling can look different from school education)
- overreaching (mention of Children's Aid)
- the cautions that apply to PPM131

Trillium Lakelands District School Board - TLDSB

Education Centre
Box 420
300 County Rd 36
Lindsay ON K9V 4S4

Board Type: Pub Dist Sch Brd (E/F)
Board Language: English
Region: Barrie Regional Office
Phone Number: (705) 324-6776
Toll-free: 1-888-526-5552
Fax Number: (705) 328-2036
General Email: info@tldsb.on.ca
Website:
www.tldsb.ca

Send the letter of intent to the Superintendent of Learning responsible for your school. The board's webpage on their Board Directory (About Us sub-menu) includes superintendents' name, education centre, phone ext., assistant’s name and phone ext. (no email addresses). If you're unable to find out the name and email address of your school's superintendent, you can contact the Director's Office through the Executive Assistant, whose email address is linked to on their Board Departments page (About Us sub-menu).

TLDSB letter of intent

They don't appear to have a separate the letter of intent form. You can use one of the OFTP's templates, based on the Ministry's sample letter. However, if you receive a notification form from them, please share it with us so we can let other parents know what to expect.

TLDSB letter of reply

Their school board letter of reply is similar to PPM131's sample response letter, except that it omits the reference to PPM131, adds a reference to Ministry curriculum documents and where to obtain them, and adds a statement about sending the letter of intent on a yearly basis.

CAUTION:
- misleading wording bordering on misinformation ("must" send a yearly letter of intent)
- omission (no mention of PPM131)

TLDSB policy/procedure

Their Policies and Procedures 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.

Upper Canada District School Board - UCDSB

225 Central Avenue
Brockville ON K6V 5X1

Board Type: Pub Dist Sch Brd (E/F)
Board Language: English
Region: Ottawa Regional Office
Phone Number: (613) 342-0371
Toll-free: 1-800-267-7131
Fax Number: (613) 342-0277
General Email: inquiries@ucdsb.on.ca
Website:
www.ucdsb.on.ca

Send the letter of intent to the Superintendent of Schools responsible for your school. The board's webpage on Superintendents (Our Board > Director & Superintendents > Meet Your Superintendents) includes their name, phone, email. The page also includes a link to the UCDSB Family of Schools Map, where you can find which superintendent is the one assigned to your area. NOTE: they are referred to as Superintendent of Schools on their website, but as Superintendent of Education in their procedure document.

UCDSB letter of intent

They link you to the PPM131 appendix of sample forms. You can use our version of it instead: the same standard letter of intent wording but with the word "sample" removed from the heading and available as an editable .doc file.

UCDSB letter of reply

They use PPM131's sample response letter.

UCDSB policy/procedure

Their Policy & Procedures page lists Home Schooling as Policy 109 – Home Schooling and Procedure 109.1 – Home Schooling (with a link to PPM131's appendices for the sample forms). Their policy document simply states recognition of the right to "provide satisfactory instruction at home" and indicates part-time attendance may be possible depending on space and funding. Their procedures document contains a number of typos (what looks like some amalgamated sentences with parts missing, making them grammatically non-semantical) and the following:

CAUTION:
- misleading wording bordering on misinformation ("register" for homeschooling; "requirements")
- prejudicial practice (monitoring attendance) and wording ("unsatisfactory")
- overreaching ("review program options", provide tour, "share the school vision", "explain their obligation")
- misleading wording ("curriculum materials")
- outdated wording ("CCAC", "Long-Term Care Act", "child")
- misinformation ("must" provide letter from the school board)
- omission (how homeschooling can look different from school education)
- the cautions that apply to PPM131

However, it does also include the following:

4.1.5   the Home School Facilitator will demonstrate sensitivity to the individual differences and needs of families of home schooled children.

Upper Grand District School Board - UGDSB

500 Victoria Rd N
Guelph ON N1E 6K2

Board Type: Pub Dist Sch Brd (E/F)
Board Language: English
Region: Toronto and Area Regional Office
Phone Number: (519) 822-4420
Toll-free: 1-800-321-4025
Fax Number: (519) 826-9534
Superintendents of Education Fax: (519) 822-5894
General Email: inquiry@ugdsb.on.ca
Website:
www.ugdsb.on.ca

Send the letter of intent to the Superintendent of Education responsible for your school. The board's webpage on Senior Administration includes the superintendents’ names only. If you know the name of the superintendent responsible for your school, click on it to get to their own separate page that provides more details: areas of responsibility, schools assigned, and contact information (assistant's name, phone ext., and email address). If you don't know the name of the relevant superintendent, you'll have to click on each name until you find the right one based on their assigned schools.

UGDSB letter of intent

They don't appear to have a notification form of their own. You can use the standard letter of intent based on PPM131 appendix B. However, if you receive a notification form from them, please share it with us so we can let other parents know what to expect.

UGDSB letter of reply

Actual reply letters received by parents indicate they mostly follow the template of PPM131's appendix C, except that they omit the mention of PPM131 itself and add a sentence about yearly notification that includes misinformation: "Provincial legislation requires [emphasis added] that you give notice of home schooling each school year." This is untrue. There is nothing in any legislation (Act or Regulation) to that effect. PPM131 is not a law, it is just a policy (never went through any legislative process), and in any case it merely says parents "should" send notification each year, not that they "must" or "are required to" do so. The law itself (the Education Act) does not require notification.

UGDSB policy/procedure

Their Policies, Procedures and Protocols page (Board sub-menu) doesn’t list anything for Home Schooling. We hope this means they follow PPM131 directly. Therefore, the only cautions, aside from the one listed above, are the cautions that apply to PPM131. However, if you receive a board policy document from them, please share it with us so we can let other parents know what to expect.


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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.