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March 28, 2017

Weather-related school cancellation decisions come from the Superintendent's office. If wishing to register your opinion on a decision you can speak with that office. If wishing to speak about the policy itself (see link below), please call or drop me a line. 

For comments about a decision: Superintendent's office, 464-2000.
For comments about the policy: Cindy at 717-0040 or clittlefair@hrsb.ca.   

I have requested that the chair of the Policy Review and Development Committee add B.012, School and Bus Cancellation Policy to an upcoming agenda as an item for discussion. The policy was last reviewed and revised in 2011, informed in part by a 2009 report entitled School Storm Days in Nova Scotia commissioned by the Department of Education. HRSB produced a response to the report. As is frequently the case with policies it was sent to every school in HRM for consideration and feedback was received from almost every school. That feedback is reflected in the policy. 

Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts or comments on the School and Bus Cancellation Policy. 

January 2017
NSTU announces a return to work-to-rule job action on Monday, January 31. See links below for full detail.

November 2016
Bargaining updates:
See here for news releases from the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.
See here for news releases from the Halifax Regional School Board and Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

October 2016
On October 4 the NSTU rejected the tentative agreement with the Province. Minister Casey: "I was very disappointed to learn about the outcome of the vote this evening. The collective bargaining process has run its course. This is the second time we reached a tentative agreement with different bargaining teams from the NSTU that was rejected by the membership. We will not be returning to the table, we now await the union's decision."

September 2016
In December 2013, the Province of Nova Scotia approved the construction of a new Primary to Grade 6 school on the south end of the Halifax Peninsula to replace LeMarchant-St. Thomas Elementary (LMST). 
See all of the updates on the temporary relocation of students and construction of the new school. 

June 2016
Ever wanted a simple way to get a sense of the school board's inner workings? The HRSB.ca site has a few entry points that are especially revealing.

The first is a cheerful and admittedly cheerleading-like telling of stories from all over the board. But justified! Entirely justified. Produced by the Superintendent it's a monthly report that draws on daily life in the classroom and beyond to illustrate different aspects of the strategic plan* in rubber-meets-road fashion. Snapshots. Profiles. Factoids! A great way of tying it all together! And there's a ton of embedded video. Here's the full collection.

And, second, would you like to see the source of what frequently forms the basis of a news story about the school board in the media? Go to the site and enter "focus on learning" in the search bar. What you'll find among the results are again spotlights on particular aspects of education and related issues. Offered in report form these drill down into top-of-mind topics: IPPs, student suspensions, assessment results, capital construction requests, and as you can see from that list they're also the source of a lot of the stories you end up seeing and hearing about in the news.

And finally, a brand new video that puts the new school review process in wonderfully plain English. Playfully animated, well-explained, take a look and become an instant expert on the new story of school review in HRSB! You'll be impressing friends and family with your expertise in no time.

* Strategic Plan Goals:

1: To improve student achievement and personal success.

2: To maximize exemplary teaching practices to support high quality instruction.

3: To achieve equitable learning opportunities for all students.

4: To build engagement, support and confidence in HRSB.

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