South Shore Regional Centre for Education

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The South Shore Regional Centre for Education (SSRCE) is the public school board responsible for the administration of elementary, junior high, and high school education in Lunenburg County and Queens County in Nova Scotia, Canada. The South Shore Regional Centre for Education was established on August 1, 2004 by an Act of the provincial legislature. [1]

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Enrollments

As of 2020 the school board had an enrollment of over 12,886 students enrolled in elementary, junior and senior schools. [2]

Controversies

Religious discrimination

On May 3, 2012, the Board drew attention to itself in the Canadian media for allowing a student from Forest Heights Community School to be suspended by the school's principal for wearing a T-shirt that had the words, "Life is wasted without Jesus" on it, drawing criticism that it was discriminating against Christians and violating the boy's Charter rights to freedom of expression and religion. The T-shirt was an expression of the scriptural passage from the St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians 3:8, which says, "More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ....". [3] [4] [5]

On May 4, 2012, the South Shore Regional School Board decided to allow the boy to return to school on the following Monday and gave him permission to wear the shirt at school. They also hired a facilitator to deal with the issue; however, reports by CTV News indicated that the boy was not sure he wanted to return to school, feeling both discriminated against by administrators and bullied.

Verbal attack on hearing impaired student

In 2018 Fred Forsyth, a teacher of the Bayview Community School, repeatedly verbally attacked Amy Bennett, a hearing impaired student of the same school, after she went to the bathroom for a prolonged time. Accusing her of skipping classes, he yelled at her for a couple of minutes. [6] The parents of Amy Bennett claimed that the incident caused permanent damage to her ears due to the fact that her hearing aid magnifies certain noises and caused a permanent tinnitus. The incident escalated up to Education Minister Zach Churchill, who made a public statement condemning the teacher for his behavior while denying to meet neither the student nor her parents. [7] Despite a nine month long investigation of the accident, there was no public statement made regarding the disciplinary actions against the teacher to protect the privacy of the teacher.

Schools

Lunenburg County

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Bluenose Academy school in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Adult & Alternative Education Programs

Queens County

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References

  1. "New School Board Governance Model". Government of Nova Scotia Website. Government of Nova Scotia. 22 April 2004.
  2. "Enrolment Statistics for Nova Scotia". Government Website of Nova Scotia. Government of Nova Scotia. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  3. "Student's 'Jesus' shirt sparks feud with school". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  4. "'Jesus' T-shirt student taken out of school by dad". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  5. "Suspended student allowed to wear 'Jesus' T-shirt". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  6. "Family seeks answers after student with hearing disorder 'berated' by teacher". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 28 June 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  7. "Education minister condemns teacher who berated student". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 28 June 2019. Retrieved 5 July 2019.