Back to School Plan

On July 22, 2020, Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) along with Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced Nova Scotia's plan for the safe return to school for all children, students and staff on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Nova Scotia’s Back to School Plan was developed with input from public health, advice from experts at the IWK Health Centre, feedback from union partners, staff, families and students.

For information on the announcement, please access the following links:

EECD News Release: Students Return to School in September

Back to School Plan: Information and Supporting Documents

Back to School Plan:

  • We know the best place for students is in the classroom with their teachers and peers.
  • The Back to School Plan will help inform our local plan that will meet the needs of our school communities.
  • Our priority is to ensure the safe return of students and staff to in-class learning in September. The government has purchased sanitizer and personal protective equipment (PPE) for schools.
  • Nova Scotia’s Back to School Plan has response plans in place, should COVID-19 activity change. Any decision to change the approach to school will follow public health’s guidelines.
  • The government has secured 14,000 computers and technology devices. If we move to at-home learning all students who need a device will be provided one.
  • Accommodations for staff and students with significant health issues will be in accordance with existing procedures.

Additional information will be shared as the SRCE implements the plan in preparation for school opening in September 2020.  The SRCE will continue to share updates on this webpage and on twitter, @SRCE_NS.

The Strait Regional Centre for Education (SRCE) is in close contact with public health officials through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. We are following their guidance and advice to prepare for school opening in September 2020.

The SRCE is communicating regularly with families as the situation evolves.  All  messages to families can be found below.

Messages to Families

October 7, 2020 - Updated Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Schools Fact Sheet for Families

September 9, 2020 - Updated COVID-19 Resources for Families

September 3, 2020 - Message to Families: Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year

September 2, 2020 - Health and Wellness/EECD/COVID-19 News Release: Students, Staff Return to School Sept. 8

August 14, 2020 - EECD News Release - Mandatory Masks in School

August 13, 2020 - Information for Families: Opening of Pre-primary Programs for 2020-2021

August 4, 2020 - Message to Students and Families Regarding Back to School Plan

July 22, 2020 - Message to Students and Families Regarding Nova Scotia's Back to School Plan

 

Video Messages

Being back in school is important for many reasons. Dr. Andrew Lynk, chief of pediatrics at the IWK Health Centre talks about a few of them in this video clip.

 

Supporting Documents/Posters

A Parent and Guardians' Guide to the 2020-2021 School Year

Back to School Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

COVID-19 Daily Checklist

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Schools

Proper Hand Washing Guide

Cough and Sneeze Etiquette

How to Wear Non-Medical Masks

Physical Distancing

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fact Sheet for Individuals and Families 

IWK/Nova Scotia Health Authority

Coping with COVID-19 (Nova Scotia Health Authority)

IWK Health Centre: Returning to School in the Maritime Provinces: Guidance for Children Who are Immunocompromised

Information and Updates

Find accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19, including when to seek help at:

Additional Resources

  • Government of Canada toll-free information line 1-833-784-4397
  • The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll free)
  • Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)
  • Mental Health and  Well-Being  Resources at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/mental-health/.