Nova Scotians are invited to provide input to help improve the learning environment in schools and address student absenteeism. The public can share their views and make submissions to the Minister’s Working Committee on Absenteeism and Classroom Climate through an Education Department online survey, beginning today, June 10. The deadline for submissions is July 10. “It is important that we hear from students, parents, educators and all others interested in helping this committee develop strong recommendations that will improve the learning environment and address chronic absenteeism in our schools,” said committee chair Howard Windsor. Although provincial statistics aren’t kept on the subject, many high schools and boards report that more students are skipping classes and falling behind on school work. School administrations say they feel powerless to enforce attendance. The working committee, which will have representation from a range of interested education groups, was established last month to make recommendations that will improve attendance, increase student engagement and offer strategies to support a productive learning environment. The online survey is available at www.ednet.ns.ca .