​​​​​​The School Act defines an Independent Student as 18 years of age or older, regardless of where they live. Once a student becomes an Independent Student, he or she will have all the rights, powers and benefits and be subject to obligations as set out in the School Act.

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP Act) of Alberta requires the CBE to disclose information to students who are the age of majority and then only to others with the written consent of the Independent Student.

Independent Students may elect to provide written consent to share access to information with their parent/guardian(s). This is done by having the Independent Student complete the Release of Independent Student Information form, which is available at our school office. This form allows the school to continue to share student information with the parent/guardian on matters such as report cards, attendance records, field trip details, suspension matters, course options, etc. 

Visit the CBE website for the Administrative Regulation 6000 - Independent Students.​​

Independent Students

Students who turn 18 years old during the school year must be recognized and treated as an Independent Student from the date of their 18th birthday.  Independent Students maintain all the responsibilities of an adult and cannot transfer these responsibilities to their parent/guardian(s). Schools must take instructions from the Independent Student for all matters, including but not limited to:  consents and waivers, attendance, field trips, suspensions, damage to property, and emergency contacts.

A Notification letter of the changes in rights and responsibilities of Independent Students should be sent to the parent/guardian(s) of the student the month prior to the student turning 18 years old.

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