These contributions are used to purchase equipment and supplies to supplement the school's educational programs. The School Board sets the rate for each year. Voluntary contributions may be made in full, or by instalments, or in part.
Section 27 of the Education Act of 2004 states that:
- each contribution must be voluntary
- a child is not to be refused benefits or services because the child's parents do not make a contribution
- a child is not harassed for contributions
- any record of contributions is confidential