Research and Insights

The hidden costs of a school day create barriers to learning for many students in our community

Aug 28, 2019 | All Publication, Healthy Development of Children and Families

Results of The Cost of a School Day project, created by the Hamilton Community of Practice for the Knowledge of Student Wellbeing, show that there are costs associated with various aspects of the school day which disproportionately create disadvantages for low-income students. A wide range of areas are affected by student poverty, limiting access to programs, instruction, athletic and other cultural activities, and creating negative implications for attendance and achievement. The report finds that in order to address the identified additional needs and barriers facing youth from low-income families, school boards and governments need adequate policies that support equity for low income youth as well as additional resources to implement policy changes.

To learn more about the cost of a school day project, click here.