Board keeping eye on absenteeism

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TRURO - ChignectoCentral Regional School Board officials are closely monitoring absenteeism in schools of both staff and students.
Board spokeswoman Carolyn Pierce said so far during the H1N1 pandemic staff absenteeism has been lower than anticipated.
"So far across the board absenteeism for teachers due to illness has not been above 10 per cent," said Pierce.
She said the board was told by Nova Scotia Health Promotion and Protection to expect 30 per cent of staff and students could be out with flu-like symptoms at any given time as the virus passes through the region.
The board began tracking daily absenteeism rates of students and all staff around the end of October, including central office employees, teaching assistants, bus drivers, custodians and trades people.
"It's something we are tracking and keeping a close eye on," said the spokeswoman. "We want to review to see if absenteeism is disrupting essential services or having an impact on education delivery."
She said while the board has been using more substitute teachers, it is fortunate not to be experiencing the high rate of teacher absenteeism experienced by the Halifax Regional School Board.

Organizations: ChignectoCentral Regional School Board, Halifax Regional School Board

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