Information for Parents, Guardians & Students: Changes to PowerSchool
Dear parents, guardians and students:
Today the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development announced that Minister Casey has accepted the first 18 recommendations put forward by the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions.
Of those 18 recommendations, three relating to PowerSchool are being put into effect immediately:
- Teachers are no longer required to publish all marks immediately in PowerSchool. They may choose to do so at one set time per month, with the specific timeline established within their school. Teachers will continue to mark and provide feedback on tests and assignments, on a regular basis.
- Teachers are no longer required to publish marks for every outcome in PowerSchool. They must continue to record marks for outcomes in some form so they have details available to support communications with parents and to inform their instruction.
- High school teachers are no longer required to enter attendance into PowerSchool until the end of day. If attendance is not entered into PowerSchool until end of day, teachers need to have a paper copy to support safe evacuation in the event of fire or other emergency.
Principals at all CCRSB schools will be working closely with their school staff, and school board staff, to implement these changes as soon as possible.
Your consideration and patience as school principals determine the best way forward for their schools is greatly appreciated.
Gary Adams, Superintendent of Schools/CEO
Chignecto-Central Regional School Board