Supports for Learning

Student Learning Funds

What is a Student Learning Fund?

A Student Learning Fund is an allocated amount of funds set aside for each online student made available to support student learning. Fulltime K-9 students that are enrolled by September 30 of the calendar year will be offered access to $600 (for the school year). Students K-9 who enroll after September 30 of the calendar year will be offered access to $300.

Grade 10-12 online learners will be eligible for up to $100 per activated course (up to a maximum of $400). NOTE: Expenditures must be linked to course outcomes and activities. See your SD8 online teacher advisor for details.


What is the Student Learning Fund approval process?

British Columbia's Ministry of Education regulations do not permit the School District to reimburse parents directly, therefore, all public schools (including Homelinks) are required make all Student Learning Fund-related purchases on behalf of each family/learner.

If the purchase (or service) requested meets a requirement of the individual Student Learning Plan and it is not a capital cost (i.e., a desk, laptop or musical instrument) the school administrator will consider approving the purchase.

Once approved, the school district will pay the vendor (or service provider) directly. Parents will be notified when the resources are ready to be picked up from the appropriate Homelinks campus.

NOTE: Parents/guardians are responsible for submitting the appropriate forms as well as an invoice for the materials or activity that being requested in order to have it covered by a student learning fund.


How do I access my child's Student Learning Fund?

To access a Student Learning Fund, we require that a parent/guardian set up an appointment with their appropriate Homelinks liaison teacher to review that the requested activities and/or resources to ensure that they support the individual Student Learning Plan.

Your teacher will help you to complete the required forms:

  1. Supplies Order Form
  2. Pre-Authorization for Curricular Support

Information for Third-Party Providers 

Third-Party providers (aka Community Connections) may be utilized by families in order to support student learning. In order for Homelinks to submit invoices for payment for services in a prompt manner, all invoices must include these important details:

  • Service providers personal name and/or business, complete mailing address, and phone number.
  • Services provided clearly written for what was provided in detail, duration, and receiver.
  • Invoices on paper or generic receipts.

NOTE: Third-party service providers should keep a copy of the same invoice in the event that a duplicate is required. Clerical staff will connect with the service provider to complete any additional paperwork. 


Deadlines for SLF Spending

There are two important dates that families must be aware with regards to Student Learning Fund spending"

All SLF spending must be allocated and approved by the last school day in April.

All outstanding invoices must be received by Homelinks clerical by the last school day in May. 


Still Needing More Details?

Please contact us with any questions to navigating or understanding the SLF process.