SD73 Continues to Support Families through the Student and Family Affordability Fund

Posted On Friday September 01, 2023

The Kamloops-Thompson Board of Education is pleased to announce the continuation of the Student and Family Affordability Fund for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year.

On August 29, 2022, the Ministry of Education and Child Care announced that school districts in BC would be provided with a one-time fund ($60 M) called the Student and Family Affordability Fund intended to provide additional funds to parents to offset costs of food through meal programs in the school, school supplies, and any additional fees so that students can take part in activities, such as field trips, athletics, and fine arts. School District No. 73 received $1,656,248 in November 2022.

This initiative was designed to ease the financial strain on families by offering support for various student expenses, including school supplies, course fees, academy fees, and enhancement fees, as necessary.

Last year, we were pleased to provide almost 4,000 student meals, supplies (6,000 times) and fees (10,000 times), which was approximately half of the Student and Family Affordability Fund Grant. This year, we are fortunate to carry over the other half of the funds to support families in the 2023-2024 school year.

“We appreciate that families will continue to access the Student and Family Affordability Fund, which will once again be available to SD73 families this year,” said Heather Grieve, Board Chair. “This fund reduced some of the stress of school-related expenses at a time of economic challenge for many families.”

Given the continued economic challenges with inflationary living costs of food, clothing, and housing, families are even more stressed when they have pressures of paying for school supplies and fees.

“We are grateful to reduce these pressures by continuing to provide families with the choice to be supported with school fee reimbursements,” said Rhonda Nixon, SD73 Superintendent.

The best way to learn more about these funds is to access the information directly from your school. Your school principal has been provided with how to access school fee reimbursement using SchoolCash online. Additionally, there are other ways to access the funds through the school secretary.

Further details will be provided through Back-to-School communications directly from your school.

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