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Policy 317 Student Fees

Policy Statement

It is the policy of the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) that every student is entitled to benefit from the education system without the payment of fees for learning materials, supplies, activities, and textbooks.  While no student shall be excluded from participating in any school or program-based event or activity or be denied access to school resources on the ability to pay, some student activities, enhanced programming, specialty programming, and optional programs may require a fee for participation. The UGDSB is committed to minimizing student fees that are consistent with the purposes and principles of public education while maintaining equity of access to its programs and services.

The intent of this policy is not to reduce or cancel programs, sports, or extra-curricular opportunities for students. Instead, it provides an opportunity to revise how programs have traditionally been funded and to reimagine how all students are offered the same or similar experiences while at the same time removing barriers and reducing costs for families.


First adopted: August 2011 (as Fees for Learning Materials and Activities)
Revision history:  February 2018, January 2024 (New name; effective September 2024)