Optional Attendance

posted Nov 9, 2016, 9:22 AM by Judith-Lynn Laman

It is once again, time for Optional Attendance.  The following schools are open to Elementary Optional Attendance https://www.hdsb.ca/schools/Documents/Schools-OpenTo-Elementary-OptionalAttendance2017.pdf


The following are key points to remember:


§  Applications will be accepted from December 1 - January 31, 2017

§  Make your school community aware of these dates (Newsletter [ad attached], Synervoice, E-mail, etc.)

§  All tracking will be maintained in Trillium

§  All JK/SK applications will be reviewed in September

§  In Mid-February Receiving schools will communicate decisions to parents (Send a copy of the optional attendance application form with the appropriate box indicating "Approved" or "Not Approved" and Appendix C.  Do not send a letter.  Do not send student registration information.)

§  Send a copy of all denied requests to your Superintendent

§  Transfer the student to the receiving school.  The receiving school must immediately mark them as optional attendance on the Out of Catchment section in Trillium.


All applications received after January 31, 2017 should receive a Late Letter (Appendix D) - These will be reviewed during the third week of September.



Parents are not required to reapply each year after approval.  However, all optional attendance requests granted are subject to renewal annually. This statement in the policy allows Principals and SO’s to redirect optional attendance students back to their home school for reasons such as: Boundary Reviews, Safe Schools, Programming etc.)

Elementary Optional Attendance Application Form:  https://www.hdsb.ca/Documents/Elem%20Optional%20Attendance%20Application.pdf

Procedure:  https://www.hdsb.ca/Documents/ElementaryOptionalAttendance.pdf