Back to school is always a stressful time for families scrambling to get their children ready for the coming year. It is also a busy time for our Education Law Program, which was launched in 2003 to help families address unlawful conditions that keep their kids out of school. From what we’re seeing, this year has been particularly fraught because families in Ontario are struggling to understand the difference between what’s lawful and what’s desirable around COVID-19. As the precise details of reopening plans, vaccines, and the impact of new variants continue to evolve, it can be particularly challenging for families to advocate effectively on their children’s behalf. Having a basic understanding of the laws impacting schooling can help.