Information for Families Regarding the Opening of Pre-primary Programs in the SRCE for the 2020-2021 School Year (Updated August 20, 2020)

The SRCE staff is looking forward to welcoming children to the Pre-primary Programs beginning on Thursday, September 3, 2020.  Program hours will vary depending on individual school schedules. For information regarding your school’s program, please refer to the SRCE Pre-primary Information Handbook. Families are reminded that Pre-primary is a voluntary program and it is up to families to determine how often their child will attend.

If you have not yet had a chance to review the information related to the Pre-primary Program in the Nova Scotia Back to School Plan, you may access it at Nova Scotia Back to School PlanAs per the Appendix in the Plan entitled COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Schools (Pre-primary-12), children will need to be dropped off and picked up outside, and people will not be allowed to congregate in groups outside the school.  In addition, for more specific information, please refer to the resource, Supporting Children and Families in the Pre-primary Program during COVID-19: A Guide for Families.  

Orientation Sessions

Pre-primary staff is planning orientation sessions for families in each of the pre-primary locations before our programs begin to share specific information including drop off and pickup times and locations as well as expectations related to your child’s program. These sessions will be by appointment and held by phone or virtually.   Families currently registered in the Pre-primary Programs will be contacted after August 27, 2020, by SRCE pre-primary staff.  

Communication Plan

It is essential that a good communication plan is in place for pre-primary staff and families. Families will be asked to complete a communication plan at the beginning of the year to confirm the best way to be contacted while their child is in pre-primary, to maintain ongoing communication throughout the year, and how best to assist with the transition to alternate programming plans, if this is required.

Busing and Mandatory Requirement to Wear Non-Medical Masks

In the SRCE, busing is available to all pre-primary children eligible to receive bus service.  Please contact the SRCE Transportation Department at 902-747-3645 to determine your family’s eligibility to receive bus service. 

Please note that busing for all pre-primary children and Grades Primary to 12 students will begin on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. As a result, it may be necessary for families to arrange transportation for their child if they plan to attend Pre-primary on September 3 and 4, 2020.

Please note that in accordance with the Public Health Order, all riders and staff will be required to wear non-medical masks while riding the bus. In addition, while riding school buses, children and students from the same household must sit together.  Parents/guardians will also be required to wear a non-medical mask if they enter the bus to buckle or unbuckle their child.

We recognize that wearing a mask may be a new experience for some children so we would appreciate your help in getting children used to wearing a mask by speaking with them about why it’s needed and how to wear it as part of your getting ready for pre-primary routine.  A small number of children/students with sensory or health issues may not be able to tolerate wearing a non-medical mask. Parents of these children are asked to contact Carolyn Webber, Manager of Pre-primary and Early Years Programs by phone at 902-631-4617 or by email at carolyn.webber@srce.ca to develop a plan for their child.

Additional Information and Questions

If you have not yet registered your child for the Pre-primary Program in the SRCE, require assistance with the registration process or would like more information, please contact Ms. Webber at the contact information noted above.  Additional information is available at: