Guide to Saskatchewan School Law
Edited by Keith Walker, Jerome Chomos and David Burgess
Available from S.E.L.U. (306)-966-7634 or firstname.lastname@example.org
S.E.L.U. C/O Department of Educational Administration,
28 Campus Drive, University of Saskatchewan,
Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7N 0X1
$34.95 (plus GST & shipping) - ISBN 978-0-9811730-0-9
There are a number of Statutes (Acts), Regulations and Orders that
directly relate to the provision and delivery of educational services
in Saskatchewan. These legal documents outline how “schooling” is
to be governed and operated in the Province and elaborate a variety
of salient and mundane topics. Sometimes we have found these documents
difficult to access and insufficiently consolidated for practical
For us, putting this Guidebook together was all about providing
an accessible, non-partisan, user-friendly guide to these legal parameters
for teachers, aspiring teachers, trustees, school administrators,
central office administration, parents and interested community members.
Obviously, A Guide to Saskatchewan
School Law is not a legal text but rather a non-legal
interpretation of the Education Act and a variety of other legal
texts for the general informational use of laypersons. WHEN
A PARTICULAR LEGAL OPINION IS SOUGHT, A LAWYER OUGHT TO BE CONSULTED.
It is also important to note that the information found is this
and other guides to school law is subject to change. The 13 Parts,
and Appendices (14), of this guide are provided as a starting
place for questions and curiosities that parents, trustees, new
and veteran teachers, school administrators, school support staff,
school division personnel, and others may have about the formal
elements of school law in Saskatchewan.
We have placed the content of Saskatchewan school legislation under
a number of themes and headings:
PART 1.0: The Student and the School. In
this part we provide information on attendance at school, operation
of schools, provision for education, types of schools, learning resources
and particular programs in Saskatchewan, language and culture programs,
special education, and student health and welfare.
PART 2.0: Parents and the Community. This part
of the guide defines who parents are, their rights and obligations,
as well as outlining community use of school facilities.
PART 3.0: The School Teacher. This part deals with
non-teaching staff, teacher qualifications and certification, teacher
classification, teacher accreditation, the hiring of teachers, conditions
of employment, teachers’ duties and functions, teacher suspension,
dismissal and other disciplinary action.
PART 4.0: The School Principal. This section of
the guide reviews the qualifications and appointment of principals,
their employment status, duties and functions and describes the roles
and functions of vice-principals and assistant principals.
PART 5.0: Collective Bargaining. Provincial collective
bargaining, local collective bargaining, and settlement of disputes
are briefly described in this guide.
PART 6.0: Saskatchewan Provincial School System. This
section provides a description of the Saskatchewan government department
responsible for education (“Saskatchewan Learning”) and
outlines the Minister of Learning’s duties and powers. In addition,
the appointment of ministry officials, the Education Council, the
Educational Boundaries Commission, and the legal instruments of the
Minister of Learning are described.
PART 7.0: School Divisions, the Conseil Scolaire and School
Boards. School divisions, the conseil scolaire and school
boards are legally described, together with their membership, duties,
and powers. Joint Boards, school districts, local school boards,
and local school advisory committees are also reviewed.
PART 8.0: Administration of School Divisions. The
duties of Board chair, director of education and superintendent of
administration are outlined in this part of the guide.
PART 9.0: The Basics of School Division Budgets. This
part of the guide provides an overview of how education is financed
in the Province of Saskatchewan. The guide gives a brief description
of annual operating budgets, capital budgets, and borrowing powers
of Boards and the conseil scolaire. This part of the guide also provides
a description of legal status of school property.
PART 10.0: Fransaskois Education in Saskatchewan. An
overview of Francophone education, its establishment, structures,
general program, funding and administration are outlined in this
part of the guide.
PART 11.0: Independent Schools. An overview of
the provisions for the registration of independent schools in Saskatchewan,
the types of independent schools, the funding, staffing, administration
and inspection of independent schools is provided.
PART 12.0: Home-based Educational Programs. An
overview of registration obligations, parental rights and responsibilities,
boards of education responsibilities, monitoring authority and funding
PART 13.0: Aboriginal Education in Saskatchewan. An
overview of the key documents, trends and organizational patterns
for provision of educational services to First Nations persons in
Saskatchewan is provided.
PART 14.0: Appendices. In the appendices of this
guide, we provide a collection of ethics codes, rights and freedoms
documents, federal and provisional statutes pertaining to education
in Saskatchewan and key documents that pertain to education in Saskatchewan
About the Editors
Burgess is a professor in the Department of Educational
Administration at the University of Saskatchewan. His
current teaching and research interests rest in the
areas of organizational theory and philosophy, comparative
organization and politics of educational administration,
and school law. Prior to academia, Dr. Burgess served
as a consultant with the United Nations in Geneva.
completing a career as a high school teacher, assistant
principal and principal, Jerome Chomos has spent a
number of years as a sessional lecturer in the College
of Education at the University of Saskatchewan. He
has a continuing interest in the practical application
of law in the educational context and continues to
write on legal topics for educators. Jerome occasionally
lectures and provides workshops on the law in education.
has worked as a manager, teacher, administrator, minister,
and professor in public, private, and non profit sectors
for over three decades. For the past 18 years Dr.Walker
has been a research professor with the Department of
Educational Administration and the Johnson Shoyama
Graduate School of Public Policy at the University
of Saskatchewan. His current work focuses on leadership
and governance, organizational development and effectiveness
and professional ethics.