Saskatchewan Home Based Educators has worked closely with the ministry of education for several years. This allows SHBE to track the changes in the directions the Ministry of Education has been providing to school divisions over the past 3 or 4 years. SHBE is trying to make the process of filing paperwork easier for parents to endure, so that they can get on with what really matters: nurturing and raising (i.e. educating) their children. If you find these resources helpful, please join with SHBE by purchasing a membership and “liking” us on Facebook.
Here are some resources to assist parents to file their paperwork, created by SHBE in consultation with Home School Legal Defense Canada (HSLDA):
- Guide to using SHBE templates
- Notice of intent (link to publications Saskatchewan)
- Written Education Plan Template
- Annual Progress Report Template
- Brochures: Is it Legal?, Getting Started, How to File
- Fact Sheet on Home Based Education in Saskatchewan
Prior to the most recent version of the Ministry of Education Home Based Education Policy Manual, there was a summary of the Supreme Court of Canada decision that laid the legal basis for home based education in Canada, authored by the Saskatchewan Provincial Government, included as Appendix F. Along with an archived copies of various documents of the Saskatchewan Provincial Government that are relevant to Home Based Education in Saskatchewan.
- Appendix F – Constitutional and Legal Context
- Saskatchewan Home-based Education: Policy and Procedures Manual 2016-17
- The Home-based Education Program Regulations, 2015
- The Education Act, 1995
- Goals of Education for Saskatchewan (1985) (Note: While a Home-Based Education Program must be “not inconsistent with the Goals of Education for Saskatchewan”, these goals are not the same as “Broad Annual Goals”.)
- Previous Policy Manuals: 2012, 2014
- Previous Regulations: 1995, 2012, 2013
While the policy manual has not changed since 2016, many families have found school divisions have been increasingly forceful in requesting more and more detailed “broad annual goals”, as well as collating separate written education plans to require broad annual goals that are “different” from other siblings in the same family (even though “specific to” does not mean “different from”, and even though a different written education plan is submitted for each child – therefore being “specific to” a single child). These new interpretations constitute de facto barriers to home based education and have arisen due to changes in the direction school divisions have received from the Ministry of Education. In recent years the province and school divisions have exceeded what is required to protect their “compelling interest” in the education of children, and are certainly going beyond “the least intrusive means”.