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School Supplies

Posted on 06/15/2020
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Where can I find my child’s school supply list?
Visit your child’s school website for a direct link to your child’s grade level supply list. Click on the links below to view your child's school supplies page. 

What will it cost to purchase school supplies for my child in ELP/K-6?
Our goal is to ensure that there is a consistent cost and school supply expectation across the Division. School supply lists across the division will all fall into the following price ranges: 

Grade Level

Approved $ Range

ELP/K

$40 - $45

Grades 1-3

$50 - $55

Grades 4-6

$55 - $60

School supply lists were generated so that all grade levels classes in your child’s school will have the same supply list. Families have the option to purchase school supplies online through School Start. Watch for a letter from your child’s school if you choose to order with schoolstart.ca

What is School Start?
School Start is an online retailer that offers convenient, competitively priced school supplies. Kits can be customized to meet unique family needs and orders can be shipped directly to the home or to the school. There is an option for families to donate $5, $10 or $15 funds to the school, 100% of each donation will be used for students.

School start donates 10% of total revenue back to the school to be used for programming.

Do I have to purchase supplies online through School Start?
No. Families are encouraged to shop at any retail outlet that meets their needs.  School Start is meant to provide families with a convenient, competitively priced option to purchase school supplies online; orders can be shipped directly to the home.

What if the cost of supplies is a concern for me?
Please connect with your child’s teacher or school administration if the cost of school supplies will be a concern for you.

Do I have to purchase all new school supplies?
No. Many families will have school supplies left over from previous years, you are only asked to purchase items from the list that you don’t have.

Will students need school supplies for eLearning at home? 
Yes. Although we are hopeful that students will be back to school full time, there is a chance that students may be required to do some eLearning at home and will need to have access to school supplies.

How will students in grades 7-12 know which school supplies to purchase?
Students will receive a list of supplies from their teachers on the first day of classes. It is recommended that students go to the first day of classes with a binder, paper, pens and pencils, unless otherwise communicated the school.

Why do I have to purchase school supplies for my child, when I have not had to in the past?
We understand that this change is not ideal for families and worked to ease this transition by creating accessible, cost effective options for families.

Historically schools charged a yearly fee/child for supplies and then provided all necessary item in the classroom. Government regulations changed in 2017, and school divisions were very restricted on what they could collect for school fees to cover the costs of supplies. In the past four years, the source of previous fee revenue paid by parents was replaced with grant funding. As of the 2020-2021 school year, that source of grant funding is no longer available and the cost needs to be covered by families. Schools are permitted to charge extra curricular fees to students that choose to participate in sports, options classes or other extra curricular activities. All fees must continue to be approved by the Medicine Hat Public Board of Education.   

Who can I contact for more information about school supply lists?
Please connect with your child’s teacher or school administrator if you have questions about school supplies.

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