WARNING: This article explains the new homeschooling regulation in general and gives suggestions for fulfilling your legal obligations. This is not a legal opinion nor is it legal advice. For information specific to your situation, consult a lawyer. This article does not replace the content of the official guide mentioned in section 459.5.1 of the Education Act, which will be developed by the Minister and will be released no later than July 1, 2019. See AQED’s strategy.
Below you will find the three types of problems that may result in a request for an additional meeting by the Ministry, along with a brief explanation of each one. We will add further details to this section as we obtain more information from our members about the meetings.
Difficulty related to implementing the learning project
If the Minister's representative feels there is a problem with the implementation of your project, he or she may ask you for another meeting to remedy the situation. Your child will be required to attend this meeting. You will be contacted at least 15 days in advance to arrange a date and means of communication.
If a progress report is deemed inadequate
If the Minister's representative finds that one of your reports does not adequately assess the child's progress, he or she will send you a written notice and recommendations on the basis of which you can adjust the report or find other solutions. You may also request a meeting with the Minister's representative to assess your child directly.
You will have 30 days to send the Minister either a new assessment or a request to assess your child.
Shortcomings in your child's progress
The Minister's representative will contact you to schedule a meeting if he or she feels, after reviewing your reports and any other documents you have sent, that there are shortcomings in your child's progress. The aim of the meeting is to better identify the cause of these shortcomings and to remedy them. The child will have to participate in this meeting. You will be contacted at least 15 days in advance to arrange a date and means of communication.Heads up!
The word “shortcomings” is subject to interpretation, but it is clear in the new law and in the regulation that children do not have to be measured according to external criteria or standards. They must have progressed at their own pace. The regulation does not specify that progress should be in all areas; evidence of overall progress should be acceptable.
If your child is not progressing at all, in any area, is it important to have a valid reason for this lack of progress, and to propose solutions to help the child.
If your child has made progress in some areas but little progress in others, be prepared to talk about it and suggest solutions for the following years.
General remarks and recommendations
Don't hesitate to ask AQED for advice to prepare you for these meetings and help you find solutions.
We encourage you to remain respectful and to treat the Minister's representative and other stakeholders cordially. Keep your children's well-being at the centre of every interaction.