received many questions from families asking if a physical return to school
this fall is the right decision for their child, and about how the schools can
help meet the particular needs of their child. Education in NB is mandatory and
physical attendance at school is an important component to a student’s learning
and well-being. However, there are some students whose needs will impact their
who Cannot Physically Attend School
If a student
has a medical condition and is recommended by a health professional not to
attend school in person, a learning plan will be provided by their assigned
teacher with educational support. If a student has an immunocompromised
household member who is required to stay home as recommended by a health professional,
and this condition prevents the student from attending school, the student will
be provided with a plan to continue learning at home. Families will be required
to provide medical documentation in these cases. Students within a vulnerable
population are encouraged to consult with their health care provider to
determine if they should attend school.
If your child
has received a recommendation from a health care provider to remain home from
school this year, please contact your child’s school the week of August 31.
Permitted to Physically Attend High School Daily
in grades 9-12, attendance may be impacted by a student’s individual needs, or
vulnerability. A recommendation may be made for some students, particularly
those students who may be deemed high-needs, to attend school every day, and
not on a rotational schedule. Amongst vulnerable students, the decision
regarding their physical presence in school will be made by the District and
School Educational Support Services teams in consultation with families, and
medical professionals or support specialists as required.
Students may be recommended to
physically attend school every day if they have an Individualized Personalized
Learning Plan (PLP-IND), an Individual Behaviour Support Plan, or are beginner
English language learners. In some cases, this also may include students with significant
mental health needs, students in the care of Department of Social Development,
or who have other individualized needs.
students who are part of a vulnerable population should expect to hear from
their child’s school regarding their attendance prior to the first day of
Wishing to Home School
have not received a recommendation from a medical professional or the District
to remain home from school, but whose family has decided not to send them to
school for any reason will be required to complete an Annual
Home-Schooling Request Form. In these cases, the child’s family agrees to
provide for their education. Students will not be assigned to a class or school
and will not receive virtual or remote instruction from a teacher. Neither
schools nor the District are required to supply resources or services for the
educational programming of children being home schooled. The Department of
Education publishes and makes available curriculum documents describing grade
level outcomes for each area of the curriculum. More information about
home-schooling in NB can be found here.
families to watch for further emails and our website or follow us on Twitter
and Facebook. There will be more information provided about Return to School
plans over the next several weeks.
forward to welcoming your child back!