The Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development announced a new Provincial Attendance and Engagement Policy and Operational Plan. Please click the links below to review.
News Release - Provincial Student Attendance and Engagement Policy Effective Oct. 1
Provincial Attendance and Engagement Policy and FAQ - www.ednet.ns.ca/student-attendance-and-engagement-policy
Nova Scotia's pre-primary program will start in September 2017. During the first phase of the pre-primary rollout, we will open 50 pre-primary classes in 44 schools across the province.
The Tri-County Regional School Board will be opening five new Pre-Primary Sites in the 2017-18 school year.
The pre-primary program is voluntary. It's open to all children who are at least four years of age by December 31. Children can only attend the Pre-Primary program for one year.
Click here to complete the Pre-Primary Early Registration Form
Contact: Jaime Spates, Supervisor of Pre-Primary Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org, 902-740-1841
Hours and Days of Operation:
In most schools the Pre-Primary Program will be offered during standard school hours. However there may be different start and end of day times in an individual school. Check with your school to confirm start and end times for this program. The Pre-Primary Program will be closed during all school Professional Development days, Collaborative Learning Days (afternoons only), storm days, holidays, and the summer months. Please check with the school board about class cancellations or closures. The opening date for the new programs is set for Thursday September 28, 2017.
Transportation for pre-primary will not be universally available across the province at this time.
The program will provide children with a morning snack when they arrive and an afternoon snack. Snacks will follow the Standards for Food and Nutrition in Regulated child care and will emphasize foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy protein sources. Parents will be required to send a lunch with their child.
The program will be staffed by Early Childhood Educators. There will be one educator for every 10 students in the classroom, where there is a class of 20 children. Where there are more than 20 children (maximum 24), there will be 3 staff.
The pre-primary program will provide all supplies, materials and resources as part of the program.
The Pre-primary Program is an inclusive program open to all children who are eligible. Children with special needs will continue to have access to services and supports they would have if they were at home or in a community based program, while they are in Pre-Primary.
The Pre-Primary Program is a play based and developmentally appropriate for this age group. It will follow the Nova Scotia Early Learning Curriculum Framework, which recognizes that children learn best through play, and helps educators to create responsive learning environments for children.
Please click on the following link to view the updated calendar of Board and Committee Meetings.
Calendar of Board and Committee Meetings.pdf
Staff and students at Digby Elementary School are doing their part to "Stand Up Against Bullying". On this day, September 14th, 2017, we are encouraging schools to focus on healthy relationships and building stronger communities, in an attempt to continue to build respect, communication and healthy conflict resolution skills, while reducing the incidents of bullying and cyberbullying.
Mmmm-mmm- Good! Superintendent, Paul Ash, Board Chair, Michael Drew, and Director of Programs and Student Services, Trevor Cunningham, had a proper taste of Exploratories at Clark's Harbour Elementary School. They sampled the blueberry crisp that students baked during a "Cooking with Ms. Shannon" session. This month's theme was: "Being Active in our Community". Students participated in sessions involving 4H, Cadets, Beavers, Kung Fu, Tae Kwan Do, St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy, baseball, floor curling, digital citizenship, cooking and crafting. CHES Student Action Team members met with the town's major to discuss community leadership and some of the youngest students had their first visit to the town library.