$1.9-mil­lion pi­lot project aims to bol­ster school at­ten­dance

At­ten­dance sup­port work­ers will find stu­dents and so­lu­tions

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stu­dent needs to get back into school. This is not about con­se­quences and pun­ish­ment, this is about en­gag­ing stu­dents.”

Bruce stressed there would be many so­lu­tions the worker would be able to of­fer in try­ing to get that stu­dent back into class, rang­ing from mak­ing sure they are fed if they are hun­gry, have boots to wear in win­ter or an alarm clock to wake up in the morn­ing, along with many other op­tions.

“And they would be able to link stu­dents and fam­i­lies to nec­es­sary com­mu­nity sup­ports and school sup­ports that are avail­able.”

Those hired for the jobs will be teach­ers or those able to be cer­ti­fied as such, but they will not be ex­pected to do both. The at­ten­dance sup­port worker jobs will be full time.

“We’re look­ing for boards to hire quite quickly and we are look­ing for this to be­gin in the new year,” Bruce said.

School boards will nom­i­nate schools to take part in the pi­lot projects, with the nom­i­na­tions re­viewed by the Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment and the NSTU. The pi­lot will run un­til June 2019.

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