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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: As of Sept. 2019, provincial law no longer dictates that all school boards must have policies that force staff to keep secrets from parents. However, many public and Separate (Catholic) school divisions continue to keep secrecy policies in place. It is now elected school board trustees - not provincial government MLAs - who are choosing to keep these specific clauses.
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Parents for Choice in Education has researched all public and Separate (Catholic) school division policies in Alberta, for what the previous law had required "The principal is responsible for ensuring that notification, if any, respecting a voluntary student organization or an activity... is limited to the fact of the establishment of the organization or the holding of the activity."
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Our Parental Rights section has more information. (LINK)
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Note: Our team has worked hard to gather as much publicly available information as we could find. However, if you know of additional policy information or changes, or notice any errors, please email admin@parentchoice.ca
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Secrecy wording still in policy?School DivisionLink to PoliciesLink to specific PDF of Safe and Caring policyLocation of Notification policy in the document
Link to additional policy of interest
Additional notes (footnotes at bottom of chart at C72)
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yesAspen View Public PolicyPDFpage 3
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yesBattle River PolicyPDFpage 3
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yesBlack Gold PolicyPDFpage 3
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yes Buffalo Trail Public PolicyPDFpage 2
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yes Calgary School District PolicyPDFpage 7
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no Canadian Rockies PolicyPDF
The previous language is there verbaim, but leaves out the notification if any portion.
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yes Chinook's Edge PolicyPDFpage 2
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yes Clearview PolicyPDFpage 2
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yes Edmonton PublicPolicyPDFpage 2
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yes Elk Island Public PolicyLinkon webpage (no pdf)
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yes Foothills PolicyPDFpage 2Policy
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yes Fort McMurray Public PolicyPDFon webpage (no pdf)
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yes Fort Vermilion Board websitePDFpage 1
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yes Golden Hills PolicyPDFpage 2
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yes Grande Prairie PolicyPDFpage 3
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yes Grande Yellowhead Public PolicyPDFpage 2
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yes Grasslands PolicyPDFpage 3
Sharing of students' personal information
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no High Prairie PolicyPDFClause not there
Clubs will be started as specified in Education Act section 35.1 also additional language about all students have access to washrooms that are congruent with their gender identity;
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no Horizon PolicyPDFClause not there
Language that allows for no notification by refering to other acts..
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yes Lethbridge PolicyPDFpage 2Additional Policy
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no Livingstone Range PolicyPDFClause not there
Clubs will be started as specified in Education Act section 35.1 also additional language about all students have access to washrooms that are congruent with their gender identity;
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yes Lloydminster Public PolicyPDFpage 2
Phrases used : "Ensure the principles of confidentiality", "best interests of the child"
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yes Medicine Hat PolicyPDFpage 2
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yes Northern Gateway PolicyPDFpage 3
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yes Northern Lights PolicyPDFon web page, no pdf
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yes Northland PolicyPDFpage 3
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no Palliser PolicyPDFwebpage
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no Parkland Policyweb page#23
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yes Peace River PolicyPDFpage 2
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yes Peace Wapiti PolicyPDFpage 3
p. 4 Participation in a GSA is not included in the student records and is protected under privacy law
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vague Pembina HillsPolicyPDF
No mention of notification, but states the club will "maintain the right of confidentiality"
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no Prairie Land PolicyPDF
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no Prairie Rose PolicyPDFdocument>Policy Manual>Administrative guidelines>Administrative>A225 Welcoming and Caring
Starting clubs as per Section 35.1 of the Education Act and FOIP referred to, but nothing on notification explicitly.
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yes Red Deer Public PolicyPDFpage 3
main page>Division&board>Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity>page 3
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yes Rocky View PolicyPDFpage 3
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yes St. Albert Public PolicyPDFStarting clubs Section 35.1 and FOIP referred to, but nothing on notification explicitly
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yes St. Paul EducationPolicyPDFpage 2
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yes Sturgeon Policywebpage1.7
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yes Westwind PolicyPDFwebpage
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yes Wetaskiwin PolicyPDFpage 3
administrative procedures>AP 177
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vague Wild Rose PolicyPDFpage 3 section 7
Notification is only to take place in "some situations could occur that would justify disclosure to parents or others." The situations are listed in the document.
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yes Wolf Creek PolicyPDFpage 3
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SEPARATE (CATHOLIC) DIVISIONS
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noCalgary Roman Catholic Policy200 Instructional Programs> AP 262 Extracurricular Student Activities
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noChrist the Redeemer PolicyPDF
Notification will be sent to parents of clubs starting. Though the clubs must be started upon request
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yesEast Central Alberta Catholic PolicyPDFpage 4
Notification is optional. Note #1 and Note #2 (see C72)
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noEdmonton Catholic PolicyPDFpage 4
Notification of new clubs is sent to all parents. Note #1 and Note #2 (see C72)
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noElk Island Catholic PolicyPDFpage 6
Notification of new clubs is sent to all parents. Note #1 see C27 plus the caveat that states that the right to maintain the denominational character of Catholic schools will govern
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yesEvergreen Catholic PolicyPDFpage 3
States: Groups are not used for protest against or advocacy for anything that is not in accordance with the Catholic faith foundation of the school.
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yesFort McMurray Roman Catholic PolicyPDFpage 2
At the end of the document is a caveat that states that the right to maintain the denominational character of Catholic schools will govern.
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noGrande Prairie Roman Catholic PolicyPDF
Note #1 see C27 and the policy states that comply with all provisions under the
Education Act respecting support for student organizations.
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noGreater St. Albert Roman CatholicPolicyPDFpage 8
Notification respecting a voluntary student organization is limited to the fact of the establishment of the organization
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yesHoly Family Catholic PolicyPDFpage 8
Note #1 and Note #2 (see C72)
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yesHoly Spirit Roman Catholic PolicyPDFpage 3
Note #1 and Note #2 (see C72)
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yesLakeland Roman CatholicPolicyPDFpage 6
At the end of the document is a caveat that states that the right to maintain the denominational character of Catholic schools will govern.
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noLiving Waters Catholic PolicyPDFpage 69 of document Administrative Procedure 160, Section #2 Compliance with the Education Act with regards to student organizations.
Note #1 and Note #2 (see C72)
p.134 The A.T.A's Safe and Caring Curriculum has been accepted for use.
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noLloydminster Roman Catholic PolicyPDF
The establishment of student alliances for gender and sexual diversity will take place in student alliances will take place in accordance with SCSBA document linked
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yesMedicine Hat Roman Catholic PolicyPDFpage 4
Note #1 and Note #2 (see C72)
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yesRed Deer Catholic PolicyPDFpage 7
Note #1 and Note #2 (see C72)
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yesSt. Thomas Aquinas Roman CatholicPolicyPDFpage 5 Additional Policy
Note #1 and Note #2 (see C72)
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Note #1CCSSA's Life Framework contains vague language and the following concerning notification: If a student discloses information to a staff member, regarding her or his sexual orientation or gender identity, it is important to respect the student’s right to confidentiality subject to the necessity to protect the safety of the student and others.
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Note #2The Caveat that states that the right to maintain the denominational character of Catholic schools will govern
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