Secondary Student Learning Resource Fund (SLRF)

revised Aug 2019

The SLRF is used to purchase resources that facilitate and enhance a home-learner’s course plan. These resources are tied directly to specific competencies/content from the current BC Curriculum, and students must be able to demonstrate their learning using these resources. This allotment is not an entitlement.

IMPORTANT: We are unable to reimburse families for resources already purchased. 

The SLRF is not intended for:

  • general classroom/school supplies (paper, writing tools, student planners, binders, USB flash drives)
  • general art supplies (including but not limited to markers, crayons, ‘arts-and-crafts’ items)
  • hardware, or other non-consumable items (including but not limited to computers, laptops, printers, sports equipment, etc.)
  • tutors

In secondary, to qualify as a full-time student, individuals need to be enrolled in eight four- credit courses between May 15, 2019 and May 1, 2020. Full-time secondary students can access a maximum of $600 in enhancement funding which will be allocated at three funding windows (September 30, 2019, Feb 15, 2020 and May 3, 2020).


SLRF funding calendar:

A full-time secondary student registered in four courses by September 30, 2019, will be allocated a maximum of $300.00 in enhancement funding once the ‘First Assignments’ are submitted (by the student), marked (by the course teacher) and a grade is posted on Canvas. Additional funds of up to a maximum of $300 will be allocated at the next funding window on Feb 15, 2020 or anytime after if the student is enrolled in four more courses by May 1, 2020.

  Other important information:

  • All requests must be received by the course teacher by May 1.
  • Enhancement fund requests must be used to supplement the learning in a course the student is currently enrolled in. Student should be no more than 50% through the course at the time the request is made.
  • All requests must be tied to the learning standards for the course it is attached to. Please work with your course teacher to identify these.

Guidelines for using the SLRF:

Third party services are ideal in assisting students meet curricular outcomes in non-core areas such as Fine Arts, Physical Education, and Applied Skills. The 3rd party service and resource allocation is intended for ongoing instructional components (such as lessons in music, dance, horse-back riding, judo, skiing, woodworking, welding, etc.) that cannot be delivered easily by a distributed learning school; it is not intended to subsidize equipment such as saddles, weight sets, skis, hockey equipment, etc.

Similarly, the Ministry considers a membership in an astronomy club to be appropriate rather than providing funds to purchase a telescope, a membership in a photography club or lessons rather than the purchase of camera equipment and accessories, etc.

Student/Parent Safety & Third-Party Vendors:

Parents & Guardians are solely responsible for ensuring all safety issues related to Third Party providers of services and locations. This includes Criminal Record Checks of the provider and the physical safety and appropriateness of any site used for instruction, as well as the use of any equipment therein.

All SLRF related expenditures are only to be paid out to vendors authorized by SD 71 (Principal – NIDES).

Leaving Navigate (NIDES) & Repayment of SLRF:

If a student does not enroll in eight four credit courses with Navigate (NIDES) between May 15, 2019 and May 1, 2020, or withdraws from the school, and has utilized SLRF funding, the parents/guardians will refund the school (School Board) any SLRF funds that have been spent in support of their learning plan beyond 50% of the total allotment (i.e. beyond $300 for fully executed registrations prior to September 30, 2019)

Documentation of Purchases:

All purchases made through a student’s SLRF fund will be entered onto the student’s spreadsheet in their Active Folder and physical receipts will be filed and stored by a NIDES Accounts Administrative Assistant designated by the Principal of the school.