Student Attendance and Engagement Policy

To support student success and achievement, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has developed a draft attendance and engagement policy to set clear, consistent expectations regarding student attendance in our public schools.


Last year, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development issued a discussion paper on attendance and sought feedback from Nova Scotians on how to improve student attendance at school.

 

The Council to Improve Classroom Conditions recently reviewed the policy and made revisions based on feedback from teachers that the policy must have clear expectations, accountability, and that the decisions of school-based teams cannot be overturned by school boards.


The draft policy has four guiding principles:

  • regular attendance supports greater success and achievement
  • vulnerable students should not be punished or marginalized and should receive supports based on their individual needs
  • student attendance is a responsibility shared by students, parents and guardians, school boards, and community partners
  • teachers and principals will use their professional judgement about individual circumstances affecting a student’s attendance.


Please take a few minutes to read the draft policy and let us know your thoughts before May 9, 2017.

Email
Attendance@novascotia.ca


Mail
Student Attendance and Engagement Policy - Feedback
Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Strategic Policy and Research Branch
2021 Brunswick Street
P.O. Box 578
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada   B3J 2S9