**From the desk of Diane Mann**
Every new school year I’m the one who is requesting residency forms for all RCOA students. I’ve had a few parents ask “Why do I have to do this every year?”
The residency form is a legal document stating that you are a Canadian /Landed Immigrant or lawfully admitted into Canada. We are required to update this once a year as residences can change and families can move outside of British Columbia.
It’s important that you COMPLETELY fill out the residency form and sign it! Completely filling out the form means you need to add your address as well as a signature. The Ministry of Education will not accept incomplete residency forms.
We also ask for a birth certificate for all NEW students enrolling with RCOA. The Ministry needs proof of age for every student. They also require that we have the correct birth date of students and the correct name spelling (Yes, some parents have been known to put in the wrong birth date and even misspell their children’s name!) This is a “one time” request. We do not need to ask for a copy of a birth certificate every year. I hope this makes clear why we need the above information – we are not trying to overload you with paperwork that seems redundant!
You can upload these required documents to Otis through documents. Or, if you are having trouble doing that, you can fax/scan/email them to me and I would be happy to upload them for you. Scan to firstname.lastname@example.org or Fax to: 250-721-0036.