Hamilton Education Law Program

Empowerment Squared’s Hamilton Education Law Program (HELP) empowers students and families to meet challenges that one may encounter in the school system. HELP provides information and resources for navigating issues related to student discipline, special education, bullying & harassment, and the right to attend school.

What is Education Law?

Education law is a legal discipline covering issues about schools, from kindergarten through higher education. Youth may encounter many issues throughout their time in school that may have legal implications. However, families and students, especially those unfamiliar with the education system, are often unaware of their rights and responsibilities in Ontario.

HELP Sessions for Students (Ages 14 – 17)

We offer students the opportunity to engage and learn about issues in the school system that may affect them, and develop strategies to affirm their rights. This program is directed to high school students and answers questions students may have around issues like suspensions, skipping classes, and cyberbullying.  After attending HELP, students will be able to recognize breaches of the Education Act that they or their peers may experience.

Summer Program Schedule (1:00 pm – 2:00 pm):

August 6, 2019 – Right to Attend School
August 13, 2019 – Bullying & Harassment
August 20, 2019 – Special Education
August 27, 2019 – Student Discipline


Location:
 Empowerment Squared, 162 King William Street, Suite 103, Hamilton, ON

Cost: Free

Fall/Winter Program Schedule:
To be announced

Registration is mandatory.  On the days of the program, participants will be provided with material and writing utensils.

HELP Workshops for Adults

Parents, guardians and caregivers are offered the opportunity to engage and learn about issues in the school system and their roles and responsibilities. After attending HELP workshops, parents will be able to recognize breaches of the Education Act and direct themselves to the appropriate resources to assist students in conflicts with the system, while also being equipped to advocate effectively for themselves.

Workshop Schedule:
All workshops will cover four topics, unless otherwise stated; Right to Attend School, Bullying & Harassment, Special Education and Student Discipline

July 6, 2019 (11:00 am – 1:00 pm)
August 24, 2019 (11:00 am – 1:00 pm)

Specific Topic Workshops: Right to Attend School
Tuesday June 11, 2019 (1:00pm – 2:30pm)
Saturday June 22, 2019 (10:00am – 11:30am)

Ages: Parents, guardians and caregivers

Location: Empowerment Squared, 162 King William Street, Suite 103, Hamilton, ON

Cost: Free

Registration is mandatory for each workshop.  During the workshop, participants will be provided with material and writing utensils.

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