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Optional Attendance

Important Notice for 2020-21 School Year

Returning to School for the 2020-21 School Year

Optional Attendance for Regular Schools, Specialized Programs, Alternative Schools and French Programs for 2020-2021

For the 2020-21 year, consideration will be given to requests from parents to have their children attend their designated school by address instead of their Optional Attendance school. This includes students who are attending a French program through Optional Attendance (i.e., the school is not in their assigned French Pathway). Requests will be made to the principal of the designated school by address who will determine whether space is available.

In elementary schools, principals will use class size to determine space availability, as some students may have chosen remote learning.

In secondary schools, principals will determine whether a full-time timetable can be provided to the student. The principal may request a credit counselling summary to determine class availability based on the student’s credits earned to date.

If a student moves to their designated school by address, parents will have the choice keeping their child at the designated school or returning to their Optional Attendance school for 2021-22. A decision will need to be made by January 15, 2021 so that schools can determine the available space for the 2021-22 Optional Attendance process. Re-entry into an intensive French program is subject to Operational Procedure PR597 (French Immersion/Extended French) and cannot be guaranteed.

Elementary students who entered a school under Optional Attendance through the before and after school program will be able to retain their space in the school, even if they select the Virtual School option and do not make use of the before and after school program in 2020-21. There is no requirement, however, for the child care operator to hold a space for the students for 2021-22.


My child is in a specialized program. Can they return to their designated school by address and hold a spot in the program for the following year?

If space is available, the principal will facilitate the transfer back to the designated school. To determine your local school, please visit A space will be held at the specialized program for the 2021-22 school year, however parents will have to indicate their school choice by January 15, 2021.


I attend an Arts school but would like to transfer to an Arts school closer to my home. Is this possible?

No. Students can return to their designated school by address only, provided there is space. Alternatively, they can remain in their specialized program school or select the remote learning option.


My child attends an elementary school through Optional Attendance and he is in the Before and After Care program. If we select remote learning, can my child return to the school in 2021-22?

Yes. Although a space may not be held by the child care operator, the school will continue to hold a place for your child. The child care operator conducts its own registrations and although we work closely with them, we cannot require them to retain your space.

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