The enrolment contract is an important document for school administration and parents. It outlines the legal arrangement between a school entering into a contract with the parents or guardians for the provision of services.
At Corney & Lind, we are often asked to assess whether the content of a school enrolment contract adequately addresses the various factors that Schools need to consider to ensure compliance, best practice and efficient process.
As the enrolment contract is a legally binding document, it is critically important that its terms clearly and comprehensively outline the relationship between the school and the student’s parent or guardian. When considering the adequacy of an enrolment contract, some of the common areas that need to be addressed include:
- Has there been adequate consideration of what might happen in the event of a family separation?
- Does the contract consider the family law and domestic violence legislation?
- Have relevant privacy laws been addressed?
- Will school policies form part of the contract?
- Does the contract adequately set out the rights and obligations of the school, of the student and of the parent throughout the course of the enrolment relationship?
- Are there adequate provisions around termination of the agreement by either party?
- Is it clear what the behavioural standards and expectations are of both the parents and the student?
- What will happen in the event of a breach by either party?
- Is the contract drafted in a way that considers anti-discrimination laws? This is particularly important for faith-based institutions.
- Is the process regarding the payment of fees clearly made out? This includes the issuing of invoices, the timing and process for payment, any fees imposed for late payment, ability to recover unpaid fees, and discounts for families that have more than one child enrolled.
As important as these matters are, they are commonly neglected in the enrolment contract.
To that end, Corney & Lind have streamlined a process to assists Schools in having their Enrolment Contracts Reviewed at a fixed price.
Our process is as follows:
- Stage 1: Initial consultation with one of our experienced School lawyers (1 hour)
- Discuss our process
- Address concerns they have with current enrolment contract
- Discuss billing practice that works with the current school system
- Review your needs and expectations
- Stage 2: Review of current enrolment contract, Application for enrolment, enrolment policies and processes.
- Stage 3: Draft new enrolment contract or amend as required.
- Stage 4: Post-drafting consultation between School lawyer and School Administrators to review changes and answer any questions.
This review process can be turned-around within 5-10 business days.
If this package is of interest to your school or college and you need a School Enrolment Contract Review, call (07) 3252 0011 to obtain a fixed fee quote. Speak to our Business Development Team to book an appointment with one of our Schools & Education Lawyers today.