Custody of Children
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The CBE has a policy of neutrality. Quite simply this means that in every, and all, situations where there may be a custody dispute between the student's parents it is the responsibility of the teachers, the staff, the schools and the CBE to remain neutral at all times. CBE staff are not permitted to provide letters of opinion or support or to be interviewed by lawyers, parents, or other professionals pertaining to a custody dispute. If you have extraordinary concerns regarding the safety of your child, please discuss them with the Principal of your child's school.
The school requires a current true copy of the order governing the custody/access of a registered student to be kept in the child's file at school. This does not mean that the school or the CBE are in the position of enforcing that order. The School Act requires us to have a copy of the order so that we can clearly identify who has legal access and consequently who is entitled to review the student record. It is the custodial parent's responsibility to see that the school has the most recent order governing the custody/access of the student.
This policy is enforced by our Administrative Regulation 3059, which can be reviewed along on the CBE website.