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Regional & Ministerial Policies

Policies are statements of principle which are adopted to outline a course of action. Policies have been set by both the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and the former Governing Board (Prior to March 31, 2018).

The province is working with regional centres for education and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) to build a policy environment which supports changes made to the public education system in 2018. This initiative will include a review of all provincial and regional policies but, until otherwise noted, policies which were developed by former regional school boards will continue to govern operations. Policy directives will still apply and should be considered within the current context. As per legislation, the CSAP’s elected Board will continue to have responsibility for the creation and application of policies and procedures within its jurisdiction.


Ministerial Policies

The following policies have been set by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development* and apply to all schools and regional centres for education in Nova Scotia:

* The policies listed above are some of the more frequently cited or used policies, it is not a complete list. Visit the EECD website for more information.


HRCE Policies

The following policies were established by the Governing Board (Prior to March 31, 2018):

A. office of the regional executive director

A.001 Naming or Renaming Schools
A.006 Tobacco-Free Schools and Workplaces
A.012 Policy Development and Review
A.013 Communications

B. School Administration

B.002 Communicable Diseases
B.008 Lunch Time Supervision
B.010 Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
B.012 School and Bus Cancellation
B.014 School Trips
B.017 Parent/Guardian Concern
B.018 Principal & Vice-Principal Appraisal
B.020 Religious Education in Schools
B.021 Safe, Secure and Healthy Schools
B.023 Distribution and Display of Materials in Schools
B.024 Information Sharing Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act
B.025 School Advisory Councils
B.026 Canadian Anthem
B.027 Custody and Access
B.028 Student Registration

C. Program

C.001 Distributed Learning
C.003 French Second Language
C.004 Home Schooling
C.006 Special Education
C.007 Assessment, Evaluation and Communication of Student Learning
C.009 Administration of Medication to Students by School Personnel
C.010 Race Relations, Cross-Cultural Understanding and Human Rights in Learning
C.011 Medical Conditions – Assigned Health Care Needs of Students
C.012 Life-Threatening Allergies
C.013 Digital Citizenship

D. Human Resource Services

D.002 Occupational Health and Safety
D.003 Recruitment, Identification and Selection of Principals & Vice-Principals
D.004 Recruitment, Selection and Hiring of Staff
D.005 Secondary Employment
D.006 Progressive Discipline for Board Employees
D.007 Student Protection
D.008 Supervision and Appraisal for School-based Teaching Staff
D.010 Respectful Workplace (Harassment)
D.011 Disclosure of Wrongdoing
D.012 Attendance Support Policy for Employees

E. Financial Services

E.001 Purchasing
E.002 Accounting for School Based Funds
E.003 Budget and Business Planning
E.004 Investment

F. Operations Services

F.001 Use of Board Facilities
F.004 Solid Waste Management
F.005 Student Transportation
F.006 Fire Safety
F.009 School Site Selection


If you have any questions pertaining to the above policies, please email Selena Henderson, Corporate Secretary / In-House Counsel at shenderson@hrce.ca