Please notify the school before the start of the school day if your child is ill and unable to attend classes. In the case of a medical appointment etc., please notify the school beforehand by signed note or phone call. If the school is not notified prior to the absence, the absence will be considered unexcused and the student’s chromebook will disabled.
Consistent student attendance is important. When a child is frequently absent from school he/she misses important learning experiences including specific skills and knowledge that may be necessary for further learning.
The real danger of frequent absences from school is that students will develop gaps in their learning that will hinder future learning. It is understood that there are legitimate reasons why students must miss school. When this occurs, the school will work with you to ensure your child does not fall behind. Please communicate these situations with the child’s teacher and the school principal.
There are also many examples of students missing significant time when it is not necessary. Please take school attendance seriously. Be consistent in ensuring that your child values the importance of good education. Make sure he/she goes to bed at a reasonable time and gets a good night’s sleep. Plan your vacation at times that will have no impact, or at the least a minimal impact, on school. Do not hesitate to phone your child’s teacher or the school Principal if you are encountering difficulties getting your child to attend school. Allow us to work with you to find solutions. We are willing to sit with you to look at your child’s programming and school experiences as well as any other factors that may impact on your child attending school.
Vehicle Traffic Around the School
Please be advised that there should be no traffic around the "bus loop". This means no driving around the school and no parking in the driveway around the school. If you are picking-up or dropping off a student or entering the school for any reason you should park on the street and enter the school via the office doors. Please pass this information along to anyone that may be visiting the school on your child's behalf. Thank you for helping us keep our students safe and our grounds beautiful!
Permission Slips/Bus Notes
For student safety and as part of school policy, written permission/notes must be received by the office, before morning classes begin, for the following:
- Staying after school for extra-curricular activities
- Leaving early for an appointment
- Student being picked up by someone other then parent/guardian
- Students requesting travel on a different bus than the one they would normally travel on, or to a different stop on their normal bus route.
- Middle level students that are normally bussed, but are walking to an appointment or other parent/guardian after school
Please be advised:
- A written note signed by a parent/guardian is received at the office; otherwise your child will follow their normal after school routine.
- No verbal permission will be accepted.
- Full legible name of the student must be on notes.
$40 per person for each sport played to a maximum $100
Student Fee Breakdown
- $40 Senior level - $25 Middle level
- School owned lock (to be turned in at the end of school year)
- Student ID (required to attend dances)
- Consumables (such as but not limited to: printer maintenance (toner); paper; lab supplies)
- School events – guest speakers, etc.
- No other course fees are charged for courses such as art, sciences, home economics, construction tech, tech ed, computer, etc.
AVRSB Volunteers in School Policy
The AVRSB has had a Volunteers in Schools Policy since 1999. As stated in this policy, the Board takes its obligation seriously to ensure safe environments for learning by taking all reasonable steps to minimize risks and threats to students. Because student safety is a top priority, in January 2015, this policy underwent an extensive review to ensure that any potential gaps in practice are closed or minimized. All recommendations for change were presented to our school community members and was circulated to our school stakeholders for the opportunity to respond to the proposed changes and to provide further input. To highlight some of the changes:
- clearly defines volunteers versus visitors;
- requires volunteers to complete a standard application form for any volunteering;
- will continue to require the completion of Criminal Records Check (including the Vulnerable Sector) and Child Abuse Registry checks prior to working with students but will now require rechecks be completed every (3) three years; and,
- as of January 8, 2015, will require all current volunteer to renew their Criminal Records Check (including the Vulnerable Sector) and Child Abuse Registry if it has been over (3) three years since it was last completed.
The recommended changes to the Volunteers in Schools policy are not to discourage volunteering in the AVRSB. It is to employ the best practices to ensure our policy is as effective as possible for decreasing the chances of student harm from volunteers. We will be reminding our volunteers throughout the remainder of the school year so that we are well prepared for such events, as Class Trips.
Modelling Appropriate Social Media Behaviours for Our Children
Social media has become an important means of communication and of seeking information for most people. It is proving to be of particular importance for our youth as technology has become a significant part of the identity of this generation. Unfortunately, increased technology has also resulted in new social issues. It is sometimes used as a means of cyber-bullying or an exchange of inappropriate information. It is up to us, as adults, to serve as proper role models with regards to technology use. We need to teach our children to respect the use of technology and to be good digital citizens. In order to do this properly, we as adults must also learn to be good social citizens and to model appropriate use of social media. We must use social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram,etc. appropriately, because our children are watching and emulating our behaviours.
Nova Scotia International Student Program
Please follow this link to be part of an amazing experience by opening your home to a student from another country - be part of the International Student Program.
AWEC School Advisory Council
The AWEC School Advisory Council (SAC) meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 4:00 or 6:00 pm (on a rotating basis). The SAC is made up of parents, community members, school staff and students. SAC’s are formed to recognize the importance of a partnership among all stakeholders in the education system and to advise the principal and school board on relevant educational issues.
AWEC is offering you real-time access to your child(ren)'s grades, assignments, attendance, and teacher's comments using the Student-Parent Portal. To get started, you must contact the school in person to request your child's confidential Access ID and Access Password.
Students and parents/guardians should be aware that school lockers are the property of the school board and carry no rights of privacy by the student, and are subject to periodic search and inspection at the discretion of the principal/designate of the school or other school board authorized employee. Students who do not return their lock will be required to pay a replacement fee of $10.