Police checks for all parents at alternative schools
The alternative school Élan is asking all parents of children at their school to fill out a police check form. But some of those parents say the school is going overboard and they refuse to do it.
The Commission Scolaire de Montreal is defending itself by saying legally they have to ask parents who work with children to fill out a police check form and that they assume all parents of children at alternative schools will be helping out at some point.
The Lester B. Pearson School Board Chairperson Suanne Stein Day told CJAD that they only ask parents who volunteer with children to fill out the form.
“If you happen to be a working parent who doesn’t have time to volunteer, then you don’t have to fill out the form. This is a standard practice for people working with minors and we haven’t had any parents get offended by it.”
Stein Day says none of the police check documents are sent to the schools and that the information is passed on to the principal only, if it affects the safety of the children. She says details of criminal records are never revealed.
All police checks are paid for by the Lester B. Pearson school board.
Photo: Commission Scolaire de Montréal