Canada Court Watch - Family Justice Review Committee
Policy and Position Statements

Primary and secondary schools


The Family Justice Review Committee has received a number of complaints from children and parents in regards to their treatment by school officials.

Some of the complaints we receive include:

  • That school officials are preventing children from having contact with siblings and parents at school when there is no court order preventing such contact.

  • That school officials are making their own interpreting of court Orders.

  • That non-custodial parents are being told that they cannot have access to a child's school records without the permission of the custodial parent or being told to go to the custodial parent for the records (which causes conflict)

  • That non-custodial parents are being told that they cannot participate in activities at their child's school because they are a non-custodial parent.

  • That non-custodial parents are being told by school officials that they cannot take their child our for lunch like other parents just because they are being told that it is not their regularly scheduled time to be with their child.

  • That teachers are refusing to meet with non-custodial parents just because the parent is the non-custodial parent.

  • That schools are helping parents to medicate children with psychiatric drugs such as Ritalin and Risperdal.

In the matter of children's schools, it is the position of the Family Justice Review Committee:

  • That parents should have equal access and equal opportunity to involve themselves with their children at school unless this is specifically not allowed by court Order.

  • That parents of divorce and/or separation have the same right to take their children out for lunch from school just as any other parent would be allowed unless their is a court Order which specifically denies them contacting their child at school.

  • That schools provide copies of report cards and school records to non-custodial parents upon the request of the non-custodial parent.

  • That all schools boards should provide instruction to all school officials in their jurisdiction in regards to the rights of children and parents and how school officials should deal with the special issues which affect children and families of separation/divorce.