AVRSB Volunteers in School Policy
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 re-checks 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.
Important Information from the AVRSB Transportation Division
What Does a “Bus Drivers Using Discretion” Announcement Mean?
When AVRSB announces “bus driver discretion” in the morning, this means that a school bus driver may decide not to travel on a road if conditions are not safe.
What Happens in the Afternoon When a Bus Driver Uses “Discretion” During a Morning Bus Run?
When a bus driver makes this decision during their morning bus run, the bus will not travel that road during the afternoon run unless AVRSB Transportation staff decide otherwise and notify the school office. This also applies if a bus route does not operate at all in the morning.
In short, unless you are otherwise notified, if a bus does not travel on a road in the morning it will not be traveling that road in the afternoon.
What if Road Conditions Worsen During the School Day?
Sometimes, certain roads can be fine in the morning but conditions become unsafe by the afternoon bus run. If this happens and affects your child(ren)’s afternoon bus stop, school office staff will try to contact you to arrange a different drop-off location or to have you pick up your child(ren) from school. If we can’t reach you, your child(ren) will be brought back to school until you or a designated contact can be reached to pick them up.
- What Does a “Bus Drivers Using Discretion” Announcement Mean?
Acadia Summer Sports Camps...
Interested in attending Acadia Summer Sports Camps?
Acadia University is partnering with Jumpstart (Canadian Tire) and the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board to support youth from ages 4-18 to attend Acadia Summer Sports Camps. If your family is facing economic barriers and your child is interested in attending summer sport camps at Acadia, please inquire at your local school. Pick up a pamphlet and an application form. The process is clearly outlined in the pamphlet. Deadline for applications is May 15th. You will be notified within 2-3 weeks if your child is eligible and has been accepted. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for your child to be active and fit during the summer.
Berwick and District Visitor Policy Reminder: Please remember to make contact with the office when arriving at Berwick and District. If you are looking to touch base with your child's teacher or needing to pick up your child, once you check in at the office we are requesting that you wait there until your child arrives at the office, or until the teacher comes to meet you. This procedure helps us maintain safety within our school in case of an emergency. We thank you for your support.