Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Police State that is SD40

So, my 2 teenaged sons have been attending school here in New West since kindergarten.

I can't honestly remember the last time I had to provide a lot of documentation proving that we're all residents of New West, but I suppose in the dark, distant past (kindergarten?) I must've done this.

Then, earlier this year, I received a notice from our son's middle school that SD40 was now moving to collect the required documentation from New West families with kids in Kindergarten, Grade 4 and Grade 8. When Older Son was in Grade 8, we never received such a notice, but oh well, I guess times change and required documentation gets more, well, required. What, exactly, it's required for, is not explained.

OK, so let's just have a look at this list of required documentation.

Here we go folks, be prepared to be totally amazed, then appalled, and then finally incredulous, at this exhaustive list, and if you don't have children in the school system, well, be thankful.

I am supposed to prepare:
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1. One of the following  for each parent
- Canadian birth certificate
- Canadian passport
- Canadian citizenship card
- confirmation of landing/permanent residence AND passport
- permanent residence card
- first nations or band card

2. For the student, one of the following:
- Canadian birth certificate
- Canadian passport
- Canadian citizenship card
- confirmation of landing/permanent residence AND passport
- permanent residence card
- first nations or band card
- refugee claimant documentation
- district letter of authority if parents are on work or study permit

3. proof of BC residency for parents, two of the following (all must show name and address)
- long term tenancy agreement
- property purchase agreement
- income tax statement
- property tax statement
- utility bill
- ICBC registration
- other legal documentation proving BC residency

4. proof of guardianship, one of the following:
- paper birth certificate of child, with both parents named (certified English translation, if req'd)
- Canada Child Tax Benefit notice
- parent's confirmation of permanent residency, or records of landing, or valid immigration documentation with kids named
- other original documentation that proves that you are indeed the guardian of this kid, to the satisfaction of the school principal.

Note: if the parents don't live together, provide a written agreement, or court order.  If you are a guardian, provide documentation showing legal guardianship in the form of a court order, or will. Notarized forms may not be sufficient.
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Got that?

Remember, no photocopies!! SD40 needs the original documents!! The idea is, I guess, that you show up at the office at 9 am one fine morning with the stack in hand, and the secretary will kindly photocopy it for you while you wait, and then you can go. Oh, yes, you'll have to call in sick that morning, but it's all for the good, right?

To put it quite bluntly, this is completely, whackdoodle, over-the-top retarded.

SD40 needs a minimum of 6 separate, original pieces of documentation to "update their records"? Excuse me? Let's put this in perspective. This is more than it takes to become a Canadian citizen, to qualify for BC medical coverage, or to buy a house.

If they think I'm gonna comply, they're smokin' dope. I'm gonna be callin' the magic number at the bottom of the notice and giving them an earful. And writing every single school trustee.

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, my answer would be no.

    send your kid in with his birth certificate, and let them figure the rest out

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