Camps (which are defined as any overnight, curriculum-related trip) are the exception to the Ministry of Education Donations scheme. Whether a school Board of Trustees opts in or out of the scheme, a donation for camps can still be asked for. Whether the parent pays a donation for the camp or not is up to the parents, but the school cannot stop a student from attending a camp if a donation has not been paid. All students are entitled by law to participate in curriculum-based activities.
If the Board of Trustees opts into the scheme, it cannot ask parents for a donation towards curriculum-related day trips.
If the Board of Trustees does not join the scheme, it can ask for a donation towards curriculum-related day trips, but it cannot stop a student from going on the trip, regardless of whether a donation has been made or not.
Regardless of whether a school Board of Trustees provides a choice of an in-school achievement standard assessment or an out-of-school achievement standard assessment, if the ski trip is curriculum-based, any student in that class is entitled to go, donation paid or not.
With an overnight Outdoor Education trip, a school’s Board of Trustees can ask for a donation, but if it's part of the curriculum, assessment or not, they cannot restrict who goes.
School Boards should provide alternative assessment opportunities for students who don't go on a curriculum-based trip if a student is sick, injured or other reasons. But, as all students are entitled to go on a curriculum-based trip, they cannot be restricted from going if they have not made a donation.
A trip overseas, if part of the curriculum, entitles every student to go without paying. If it’s not part of the curriculum, school boards can charge for the trip and/or fundraise.
With outdoor education classes that are over-subscribed, schools may select students for a class based on their published criteria, but it is unlawful to restrict students based on their ability to pay a donation.
School boards can ask for a donation towards outside instructors for overnight camps, but parents have the choice of donating or not and the school board cannot restrict who goes on the camp.