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How you can Help

Law enforcement plays an essential role in promoting online safety, which is why we encourage you to help us reach as many parents as possible with this important new website.

Including information on your website

I’m not sure if this is a possibility given that your police department doesn’t have a stand-alone website, but if you have an avenue to share the information online, we have videos, images and fast facts in both French and English which you can download from our website ( to include on websites.

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  • Check out the new campaign from @CdnChildProtect! is a great tool for #parents to keep kids of all ages safe online!
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New Nova Scotia Attendance Policy

Please see attached a copy of the ARHS Attendance and Late Policy.

Please see the link below for the new Student Attendance and Engagement Policy for Nova Scotia schools.

This will be implemented starting October 1st. Students will receive information on Mon. October 1st however, please feel free to read and share with your child at home.



CCRSB Exam Exemption Policy Media Release Nov. 27. 2015

Exam Exemptions

Exam Exemption Criteria (Revised November 27, 2015)

Students may be eligible for an examination exemption from one examination per semester so long as the following conditions are met:

1. A student who has any unexcused absence in any course will not be considered for an exemption.

While it is not possible to make an exhaustive list, the following are examples of excusable and un-excusable absences:

Excused Absence:

  • Excused by parent
  • Medical excuse (for specific date)

Unexcused Absence:

  • An absence with no written excuse or contact from parent
  • Truancy
  • Missed the bus

2. A student is required to provide excuses for all classes for which they are absent. A written note, email, or verbal contact by parent, indicating the reason for the absence, is expected within five (5) school days of the student returning to school.

3. A student shall not accumulate any more than six (6) excused absences in any course in which the student is enrolled.

4. Classes missed due to co-curricular and extracurricular activities are not classified as absences. However, schools should monitor the number of classes individual students miss due to co-curricular and extracurricular activities.

5. Any student who has accumulated any out-of-school suspensions is not eligible for an exam exemption in that semester.

6. Repetitive lateness for classes will be addressed through the Provincial School Code of Conduct as an Unacceptable Behaviour (Insubordination) and may result in the loss of the eligibility of examination exemption as a school privilege.

7. All major assessment components (other than the final assessment/examination) in each of the courses which s/he is enrolled must be complete.

8.  A student cannot be exempt from a CCRSB examination except on the terms laid down by the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board.

9. A student cannot be exempt from a Nova Scotia Examination except on the terms laid down by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. These may be found on the Program of Learning Assessment for Nova Scotia website available online at

10. A student cannot be exempt from an examination in a year where in the following year a Nova Scotia Examination or CCRSB Examination is given.

For January 2016 and June 2016, students enrolled in Mathematics 11 and Mathematics Pre-Calculus 11 are not permitted to exempt the examination.

The CCRSB Mathematics 12 examination has been deferred for the 2015/16 school year due to new curriculum implementation.

11. A student cannot be exempt from any examination related to the International Baccalaureate (IB) program or Advanced Placement (AP) program.

12. A student cannot be exempt from any NSVS examination except on the terms laid down by the Nova Scotia Virtual School.

13.  If a student is exempt from an exam, the student's term or final mark (usually out of 70%), is converted to a score out of 100%. There is no redistribution of weighting among other categories within the 70% term mark.

14. A student who earns an examination exemption but chooses to write the examination may take the mark reflected by the higher of the two options. In other words, the examination mark would be included in the calculation of the final grade if a higher grade is the result. If the examination results in a lower grade, the examination mark is not included in the calculation on the term’s work.


Students finding mental health support at high school (Online published Article)


Students finding mental health support at high school (Online published Article)

Kim Wood and Michelle Richard talking in the Youth Health Centre with grade 11 students

High school is a huge part of any teenager’s life. It takes up more than a thousand hours each year — learning in the classroom, playing sports, creating art, socializing, and thinking about the future. It’s an exciting time. But for some, it can be more challenging. For everyone, it’s a time to grow and learn about yourself.

It’s important for young people to find ways to navigate this world — and for parents and loved ones to know how to help them.

Amherst Regional High School is helping young people learn to navigate through what can come at this intense time in their lives.

The school offers a Youth Health Centre that offers programs and services to support student health needs — from sexual health, medical advice, counseling and more. It is staffed full time by a public health Youth Health Centre coordinator and has a physician available every two weeks.


Michelle, Youth Health Centre Coordinator, meets with grade 11 student.

“Youth aren’t always comfortable accessing health services,” said Michelle Richard, Youth Health Centre Coordinator at Amherst Regional High School. “Having this based within the school, an environment where they already feel safe, makes them more likely to reach out for the services they need for their physical and mental health.”

Outside of working with the students one on one, Michelle works with SchoolsPlus at Amherst Regional on programs and events, including two main projects. Voices is an empowerment program for girls in grades 7 to 12 that includes 18 sessions on topics ranging from addictions, relationships, families and preparing for their future. The Cumberland HEADSTRONG Summit brings students together to hear speakers share their stories of hope and recovery and engage students in activities to challenge their thinking. The summit aims to reduce stigma and improve mental health literacy in high schools across Cumberland County.


Kim Wood is the facilitator with Amherst SchoolsPlus

SchoolsPlus and the Youth Health Centre complement each other. We can support students with accessing services to meet their needs. This is particularly important for those with complex challenges that require bringing several agencies together,” said Kim Wood, facilitator with Amherst SchoolsPlus. “Sometimes there are barriers for families to get the help they need, like transportation or economic issues. SchoolsPlus promotes non-government and government programs working together and make services more accessible for students, particularly those that are more vulnerable.”

Kim and Michelle also completed Go-To training, along with the school’s guidance counselor. In 2013, Dr. Stan Kutcher developed Go-To training which gives teachers in secondary schools the skills and knowledge to identify when students are struggling with mental health. “Because of Go-To, there is now consistent language in the school around mental health. It’s about knowing the difference between a mental health problem and a mental illness, and when a student should be referred to supports and services.”

Both Kim and Michelle want students and their families to know that these programs are there for them, whenever they are needed.

“Seeing the students grow is an amazing experience. I love what I do,” said Michelle. “By giving our youth the tools they need to deal with the challenges they face, we can help them reach a happier, healthier future.”

For more information about SchoolsPlus, visit .


The HTT12 students and their teacher, Mr. K. Gould, decided it was important to do something with the leftover wood after building their shed.  The result--planter tables and chairs.  Below you can see the fun chair that was built.


June 11, 2015 -- Drs. Rachna Minocha and Rick Mckenney have been great supporters of Amherst.  In 2014 they, along with their hard working organizing committee, decided to take things a step further by organizing an annual Valentine Run in an effort to support local running/health promotion throughout the year. 

In both 2014 and again in 2015, ARHS was awarded a $500 grant to help promote sports.  This money is awarded to youth who wish to be involved with sport but may be having some financial difficulty.  All ARHS youth who may have a financial need are encouraged to speak with your coach, the Athletic Director or an administrator in the office.  Never say never.  There is help available. 

ARHS thanks the Valentine Run Coordinating committee and all of the volunteers (ARHS youth and staff included) who helped make the run possible.  Your time, energy and talent has created something quite special in our community.  Thank you for thinking of us. 



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