Self-Identification Initiative Starting
February 2, 2015
The Annapolis Valley Regional School Board is asking all parents/guardians, students and staff to help us learn more about the diversity of our students, staff and communities.
Self-identification—identifying one’s ancestry and/or Aboriginal identity--is important to our school system. It helps us know who our students and staff are, how demographics are changing, and how best we can support our students, staff and schools. Self-identification also helps us to plan and allocate resources and staff to support the success of all students.
During the week of February 2, 2015, we would like to have as many students and staff as possible identify their ancestry and/or Aboriginal identity. It is important to note that self-identification is for everyone.
On February 2nd, we will be sending a self-identification forms home with all elementary and middle school students. High school students will have opportunities to complete a self-identification form at school. If you are a parent/guardian, please fill it out and return it to your child’s school.
Even if you have chosen to self-identify in the past, we want to make sure everyone has a chance to complete or update their information, especially since we now have the ability to include more than one ancestry and/or Aboriginal identity in a student’s or staff member’s record.
For further information on self-identification, please contact your school administration or visit www.avrsb.ca. Watch for the form in early February, and thank you in advance for taking an interest in this important initiative.