Eastern School District
Suite 601, Atlantic Place
215 Water Street
St. John's, NL A1C 6C9
Tel: (709) 758-2372
Fax: (709) 758-2706
Parents/ guardians of pre-school aged children are advised that registration for the Kinderstart (pre-Kindergarten) and Kindergarten Program takes place in May of each year. For the 2012-13 school year, children must be five years of age on or before December 31, 2012. If you have not yet registered your child for the 2012-13 Kindergarten program, please contact your zoned school.
To find your zoned school, click here for the school feeder system directory or click here for the Find a School search tool.
Parents/guardians interested in registering their child in the Early French Immersion (EFI) Kindergarten Program are required to register their child at their zoned school if the Early French Immersion Program is offered. If Early Immersion is not offered in the zoned school, parents/guardians shall register their child at the school closest to their place of residence that offers the program.
For a list of schools offering the Early French Immersion Program, click here. For more information about the French Immersion Program, click here.
Parents/guardians have the right to request a transfer to another school within the Eastern School District. Requests will be considered subject to guidelines defined in the District's Administrative Regulations, under the following circumstances:
All student transfer requests shall be submitted to the principal of the requested school on the Student Transfer Request Form and copied to the principal of the zoned school.
All student transfer requests shall be considered subject to space availability, programming considerations and the current staffing allocation provided to the school.
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As per Government policy, school busing is provided free of charge for students who live greater than 1.6 kilometres from their neighbourhood school.
When you register your child for school, he or she would be registered for school busing based on your place of residence. Click here to review the District's School Bus Transportation Handbook.
Students who reside in the walk zone (less than 1.6 km from their neighbourhood school) may be offered a courtesy seat. Under courtesy seating, there would have to capacity on the bus and the student would have to walk back to the nearest stop outside of the walk zone. Courtesy seats are provided at the discretion of the school principal.
Students attending a school other than their zoned, neighbourhood school, such as students in French Immersion, do not qualify for student busing.
With regard to busing to daycares, the Department of Education's policy indicates the conditions for this transportation will be provided to eligible students. These conditions include:
School buses meet 37 federal safety standards set by Transport Canada. These include: size and bright yellow color; high back, padded seats; shatter-proof glass; raised floor; reinforced sides and flashing upper lights and stop arm.
If for any reason a school must close, either early morning or midday, school administrators will update the on-line Status Central message board. Click here for Status Central.
Every effort will be made to have school closure announcements posted to Status Central by 6:30 a.m., and depending on the weather and any building-related emergencies that may occur once school opens, anytime throughout the day. Schools will also use the Syner Voice telephone messaging system as well as the local radio stations to deliver important school announcements.
In the event a school may have to close during the day, parents/guardians should advise their school principal as to how they want emergency situations handled with respect to student busing and pickup. Parents/guardians should look for this form in their child's new school year package.
The Eastern School District recognizes that homework, when properly administered with appropriate feedback, is a valuable part of the educational process. Homework not only acts as a bridge between home and school in providing information regarding student learning, it also reinforces and practices skills that have already been covered in class.
If a teacher chooses to assign homework, the following guidelines are provided for the various grade levels:
For further information on the Homework Policy, click here.
The Eastern School District makes transcripts available for former and current students upon request.
To request a copy of a transcript or information from a student file, click here to download the Student Records Request and Authorization form and return it to the Corporate Services Division. Personal information is collected under the authority of Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (ATIPPA) and the Schools Act (1997).
The Eastern School District recognizes and respects the fact that parents/guardians and/or students may sometimes disagree with the decisions or actions of a teacher, administrator or district level personnel. While every effort is made to resolve issues, parents/guardians and students have a right to appeal decisions.
We encourage all concerns and issues to be handled as near the source as possible. For example, issues should be first addressed with the classroom teacher. If unresolved, the concern should be addressed by the principal. If still unresolved, the senior education officer assigned to your school can assist in resolving the issue.
Should you wish to register an official complaint with the District, you can contact our district office at 758-2372 or complete the online complaint form.
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