Attendance Support Worker AVHS Family of Schools
The successful applicant will be based at West Hants Middle School and will be responsible to work closely with identified schools including DAHES, BDES, TMPDS, WES, WFDS, FDS, WHMS, AVHS to improve student attendance.
Posting closes Midnight, May 24th
First Available to Permanent, and Assumed Permanent teachers of the AVRCE
Second Available to Term Recall Round 1 Teachers of the AVRCE
Third Available to Term Recall Round 2 Teachers of the AVRCE
Fourth Availalble to Employment Equity Applicants
Fifth Available to External Applicants
Attendance Support Worker - Job Description
The attendance support worker is responsible for leading efforts within schools and school boards, and in partnership with outside agencies (through SchoolsPlus where it exists) to improve student attendance. The primary responsibility of the attendance support worker is to work with students who are chronically absent, and their families, to identify reasons for those absences and connect students and families with the supports they need to improve their attendance. The attendance support worker will also lead and co-ordinate universal prevention strategies aimed at promoting regular, punctual attendance for all students, and may be asked to support early interventions with students and families, when an attendance issue has been identified.
The attendance support worker is generally a circuit position, working with a family of schools or feeder schools.
Under the direction of the school principal, the attendance support worker will:
communicate and meet with students, and families of those students, who are frequently absent, including home visits
identify the reason or reasons for the absences through conversations with students, families, teachers, school program planning teams, and other school staff
identify and connect the student and family with targeted supports or interventions through the school, the board, or community agencies, directly or through SchoolsPlus, where SchoolsPlus is available
allocate the program/project funds dedicated to improving attendance within the school.
support and participate in school meetings involving interventions for students who frequently miss school
support families and other school staff in developing and monitoring attendance plans, including attendance contracts
support early interventions when an attendance issue has been identified
lead or support school-based prevention strategies that focus on promoting regular attendance of all students, supported by School Board Attendance Committees
support or advise other school staff on school-based incentives related to attendance
work with School Board Attendance Committees, established to analyze board-wide student attendance rates and take steps to reduce student absenteeism and promote regular attendance
participate in the pilot evaluation
comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations
perform other duties, as assigned by the school principal
Excellent problem-solving, communications and interpersonal skills
Ability to establish and foster caring, supportive and trusting relationships, particularly with children, youth, and families, and to facilitate a transfer of trust to other service providers
Ability to navigate and build bridges between students, families, schools and outside agencies providing supports and interventions using a strengths-based and culturally-responsive approach
Ability to work well within teams, including school-based, board-based and SchoolsPlus or other community-based teams
Ability to apply effective mediation and conflict resolution strategies
Knowledge, experience and commitment in the areas of race relations, cross-cultural understanding, human rights, diversity, and culturally-responsive practice
Believes in the intrinsic worth of each individual and family
Ability to work effectively in flexible work situations and settings
Self-motivation and ability to work independently with limited supervision
Ability to maintain and promote confidentiality as the norm
Case management skills, including records management and ability to utilize current technology
Knowledge of policies, reports and guidelines that identify reasons and solutions for addressing non-attendance and disengagement
The attendance support worker must have a Bachelor of Education or work in a profession that can be certified as a teacher. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development issues special certificates to:
speech language pathologists
The attendance support worker must have experience in social work, counselling or outreach with families and community partners related to student services.
The attendance support worker must also have a valid driver’s license, a working vehicle, and a current Criminal Record and Child Abuse Registry check. The successful applicant will need to provide a copy of their driver abstract and maintain a clean driving record while working in this position.
Knowledge of the province’s education system is an asset, as well as direct knowledge and experience of the communities served and the services existing in those communities.
The attendance support worker reports to a school principal, and is expected to work closely with other school and regional staff (e.g., teachers, guidance counsellors, school psychologists, program planning teams, RCH coordinators), AVRCE attendance committees, Schools Plus teams, and community partners (e.g., outside agencies associated with departments of Community Services, Health and Wellness and Justice).