Increasing student success and achievement in the classroom is the focus of a discussion paper on student attendance.
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is asking for feedback from teachers, parents, students,
administrators and employers about key issues and ideas to help improve overall attendance. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey says teachers and schools do an exceptional job to support students and their families, but there is a need for improvement when it comes to attendance. Recent information shows as many as 28 per cent of all
students missed more than 16 days of school in 2014-15.
Feedback will be received through an online survey, focus groups, and stakeholder consultations. The survey will be open
until July 8th. Based on that information, the department will develop a new policy that will be implemented in the fall.
The questionnaire is available at novascotia.ca/education.