Custodianship of Students
The Director of each school board assumes legal responsibility for the students on behalf of their respective school boards in the form of student custodianship/guardianship. The certificate of custodianship allows students to enter the country as a responsible Canadian adult has agreed to be responsible for the student and their actions. A copy of the custodianship form can be found on the HSC
section of the website.
Custodianship is a large responsibility to assume. The fact school boards are responsible for each of their students, and their actions is why enforcement of the rules of the NSISP is so important.
School boards and their representatives must show due diligence in monitoring the proper conduct of students and taking action against infractions (if necessary). The Behaviour Contract and NSISP rules demonstrate the seriousness placed on student conduct and responsibility. Homestay Coordinators must reinforce the importance of proper behaviour and the consequences of improper behaviour through the
discipline procedures of the NSISP.
The NSISP has developed a policy for dealing with student behavioural issues. The details of the NSISP policy is below:
The NSISP believes in working with parents and agents in the home country for the management of student behaviour/discipline. Quarterly reports are sent out to update parents and agents on issues of student progress and behaviour in the home and school. If there are discipline issues then the flow of information should begin immediately. As the legal body responsible for students during their stay in Nova Scotia, the school boards are responsible for communicating discipline issues to parents and agents. It is important all discipline issues be
documented and written reports of all major incidents, as well as Behaviour Contracts, go to parents and agents in the home country.
Please note: the final decision on all student discipline matters rests with the host school board.
The NSISP has a three-stage process for managing behavioral discipline issues:
Please note: As the student and parents have signed a contract prior to participation in the program outlining
the rules of the program and responsibilities of the student, the NSISP reserves the right to revoke
custodianship and terminate participation in the program of any student found in violation of the terms of the
It is unfortunate every year students are sent home for breaking the laws of Nova Scotia and/or for breaking the rules of the program as outlined in the student contract. This contract is signed as part of the application process for the NSISP and is signed again during orientation.
Homestay Coordinators will regularly work with students and host families to resolve conflict. This can be a very difficult process to be part of as there are two sides or more, to every story and the truth usually lies somewhere in the middle.
There are a variety of factors to consider when trying to resolve any conflict and working with students from other cultures adds another layer of difficulty due to differing customs and expectations.
The job of the Homestay Coordinator is to support all the parties in question in the best way possible keeping in mind the rules and purpose of the program. The first goal is to try to repair the situation through mediation and discussion. Sometimes this will not resolve the situation and may result in moving a student to a new family.
When the conflict involves breaking the NSISP rules, the discipline policy comes into effect. Students are sometimes issued warnings. In serious situations, students are asked to leave the program or placed on a behaviour contract. Rarely, students are removed from a family and that family is never used again.