The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP Act), which applied to school boards on September 1, 1998, establishes what are known as fair practice rules for the collection, use and disclosure of personal information within the custody or under the control of a school board and other such local public bodies.
When school boards collect personal information directly from individuals about whom the information is about, these individuals are entitled to be advised of:
- the legal authority for the collection;
- the purpose for which the information is collected; and
- the title, business address and business telephone number of an officer or employee of the public body who can answer the individual's questions about the collection.
The information collected on the school registration form contains personal information covered by the FOIP Act. This information is collected pursuant to the provisions of the Education Act, its regulations and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This information is required in order to properly register your child within St. Albert Public Schools, and is necessary and related directly to the school board's obligation to provide each student with an educational program that meets their needs, to provide a safe and secure school environment, to protect the child's rights and to determine eligibility for programming and funding.