Should students pay to watch Team Canada game?

Patrick Maloney, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 4:31 PM ET

TORONTO - Is your kid's school charging students to skip class and watch the biggest Canadian hockey game in years?

If not, they may be among the lucky few in Ontario when Canada plays the U.S. in men's hockey Friday afternoon.

In a now-common trend across the province, schools have started charging students a "buy in" fee -- the money typically goes to charity -- to attend fun events like school football games.

Kids who don't, or can't, pay, stay in class and miss the opportunity.

Viewing the U.S.-Canada hockey semifinal with schoolmates Friday presents an even more complicated situation: should kids really be charged to watch the national sport on TV?

And if so, how much?

One London, Ont. school, A.B. Lucas secondary, is charging students $5 to leave class and watch the game in the school. The money goes to a charity called Relay For Life.

While he agrees that "buy in" fee is the highest he's seen, London school board superintendent Don Macpherson says such events can raise plenty of money for good causes.

"There's an opportunity to support greater community causes," he said, noting kids who don't pay don't get in.

As for those who can't pay? Macpherson says the schools owe it to their students to ensure "equity of access for the kids" who seek the help out.

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