Exam Exemptions

CCRCE’s Examination Exemption Protocol is intended to promote student learning, regular and punctual student attendance, and appropriate behavior. An exam exemptions is a privilege that is earned. It is not intended to be perceived as something that is ‘taken away’ with more than 6 absences.

Students may be eligible for up to a maximum of one exam exemption per semester, if the following criteria are met:

  1. A student shall accumulate no more than six (6) absences (coded as “AWN” or “MR”) in any course. “AWN” is used to record an absence with notification, as is “MR” (Medical Reason).
  2. Notifications (defined as a written note, email, or verbal contact by parent/guardian) must occur within five (5) days of the student’s return to school.
  3. A student who has an absence coded as “A” in any course will not be considered for an exemption. “A” is used to record any absence without notification.
  4. Classes missed due to school-based activities (co-curricular and extracurricular) are not classified as absences. These are coded as “ACT”.
  5. Classes missed due to “R” (Observance of a religious holiday or ceremony) or “OI” (Operational Issue) are not to be counted towards the six (6) absences. An OI code would almost always be a result of an absence caused by a “Bussing on paved roads only” situation.
  6. Any student who has been suspended out-of-school is not eligible for an exam exemption in that semester. These are coded as “OSS”.
  7. School-based protocols pertaining to lates may impact eligibility for exam exemptions.
  8. Students must have completed all major assessment components in each of their courses.
  9. The CCRSB Exam Exemption Protocols do not apply to Nova Scotia Examinations (NSE), Nova Scotia Virtual School (NSVS), International Baccalaureate (IB), or Advanced Placement (AP).
  10. A student cannot be exempt from an exam for which there is a Nova Scotia Examination the following year.
  11. If a student is exempt from an examination, the course mark (S1 or Y1) becomes the final mark (F1).
  12. A student who earns an exemption, but chooses to write the examination, will be assigned the higher final mark.