Parents of School District 57 students won't see any increases to school fees, when their children return to class in the fall.
On Tuesday night, the district's board of education approved the schedule of school fees for the 2021-22 school year.
"This year, because of the hard work of everyone involved, there will be no increase in the fees," trustee Ron Polillo said. "(And) no student that can't afford to pay those deposits (or fees) will be turned away, with our financial hardship policy."
While most school fees are relatively small, things like $6 for padlocks for student lockers, participation in programs like the Shas Ti Kelly Road Secondary School Hockey Academy can cost $100 or more.
The district's financial hardship policy commits the district to ensure no student is denied the ability to participate in a course because their family can't afford it. Information about the specific fees and deposits for each school, and how to access the district's financial hardship program, will be provided to students at the beginning of the school year.