Attendance Support

Lisa Dexter

ldexter@hrsb.ca (902) 478-4716 (text or call)

An Attendance Support Worker is someone who works with students and their families and/or caregivers to assist in planning for students who have been identified as chronically absent or late. It is a supportive position with the goal of improving attendance rates for both individual students, and the schools as a whole. Attendance support comes from a research-based perspective, and assists in identifying the reasons that students are missing school, the frequency of absences, and how to improve attendance. Attendance Support Workers can work in conjunction with other support staff in the school system (such as administrators, social workers, school counselors and psychologists) as well as outside support personnel such as mental health professionals, youth justice employees, youth advocate workers, and other community programming with permission from the families/caregivers.