Superintendent’s Report to the Halifax Regional School Board 33 Spectacle Lake Drive Dartmouth, NS., B3B 1X7 902.464.2000 @Elwin_LeRoux @HRSB_Official Providing a high quality education for every student every day IMPORTANT DATES: November 27 Elementary/JH Report Cards Home November 30 WE Day Atlantic November 2017 December 7 AM: PD Day, PM: Parent/Teacher Interviews Elementary/JH (no classes) December 22 First Day of Christmas Break (no classes) January 3, 2018 Schools Reopen This fall’s unseasonably warm temperatures make it hard to believe that winter days aren’t that far away… but soon enough, winter will be here. That’s why we’re reminding families to plan for school and/or bus cancellations due to inclement weather NOW. Nothing is more unpredictable than a Nova Scotia winter! This year, we’re introducing the possibility of a delayed start to the school day. There have been times in the past when classes were cancelled, but roads were clear for travel by mid-morning. A delayed opening means that buses and classes would start exactly two hours later than regularly scheduled. That decision would be communicated as close to 6:00 a.m. as possible. We’re also adjusting how we go about midday closures. If weather worsens throughout the morning, an announcement to close would be communicated at 11:00 a.m. This means that bused students would be picked up two hours earlier than their regular dismissal time, and that walking students would be dismissed at the regular lunch break. Of course, there will be days that full-day closures will occur. There may also be days when schools are open, but buses are not running. Those decisions would be announced at 6:00 a.m. Our priority is to ensure that road conditions are safe for buses to run. Parents and guardians have the right to keep children at home if they feel travelling conditions are unsuitable. All announcements will be made on our website (www. hrsb.ca), on Twitter (@HRSB_Official), on our info line at (902) 464-INFO (4636) and via local media outlets. You can also sign up to receive email and text notifications here. To keep our lists accurate and our delivery times reasonable, please sign up each year. Feel free to print this infographic for future reference. On November 23, United Way Halifax and the Halifax Regional Municipality will report back to the community on Poverty Solutions Strategy work to date. I have been a member of the Poverty Solutions Advisory Committee that is creating this strategy. I have also had the opportunity to participate on the Education and Early Childhood Development Task Team, whose mandate clearly aligns with our work. I am excited that our municipality recognizes the impact that poverty has on our community, especially on the education of its youngest citizens. I haven’t seen the final product of our work, but encourage everyone to take a look at the collaborative steps planned to make Halifax free of poverty. Interested in attending? RSVP here. If you are unable to attend, the event will be livestreamed here. On November 27, the Commission on Inclusive Education begins its public consultation process to hear views from students, parents, guardians, educators, and the public. This session is open to everyone, however, registration is recommended. I look forward to taking part in this process. November is also Transgender Awareness Month, and in this report, you will find a number of stories that touch on how schools, staff, students, families, allies and community partners are working together to strengthen inclusive learning environments for all students. You will hear some incredibly powerful stories about the steps being taken by many to help create safe spaces for all. Special thanks to everyone who shared their voice for this series.