Why does OCSB have policies on the books that are against court decisions and the written law about exemptions from Religion courses and mass/retreats? Why won’t they update their policies and give a simple process for parents to obtain their rights?
Other catholic boards have published processes (although one is being taken to the OHRC for the process being too arduous and nasty (I believe)).
The only way a board can refuse exemption from these courses is if the parents are on the tax rolls of the English Separate school system. Both Catholic and non-Catholic high school students who have parents on the Public School property tax roll can be exempted by parental request. For orthodox Catholics, this is to get your children away from crazy liturgies and anti-Catholic “catholic” religion classes.
HONESTY is a true Catholic virtue!
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The OCSTA knows the truth! Catholic kids must be exempted if their parents are MPAC public board supporters
Other “catholic” school boards have published processes (albeit arduous) for students to be exempted from Religion courses and masses/retreats
PDF of SMCDSB Policy:
Court decision allowing students exemptions from masses/retreats:
Related pdfs from ocsta: