September 7, 2021
Dear SRCE Families:
Today has been an exciting day for our children, students, families and staff, and from all reports we’re off to a great start to the school year in the Strait Region!
Our preparations for a successful start to the 2021-2022 school year have gone well. I would like to thank parents/guardians for your ongoing support and everything you have been doing to prepare your children for our return to school. As always, if families require additional support, please do not hesitate to reach out to our school administration who will be able to connect you with the appropriate help.
I would also like to thank Strait Regional Centre for Education staff for their incredible efforts in helping us ensure we had the required resources and people in place to support our return to school. There has been a tremendous amount of work done behind the scenes to prepare for school re-opening.
Our focus will continue to be on working together to support our students’ well-being, achievement and overall success. As we transition to the new school year, our staff will focus on renewing relationships and building community in respectful, safe and inclusive learning environments.
While we all hope and expect this school year to look a bit more normal, Nova Scotia has a Back to School Plan that provides Public Health guidance to keep everyone safe. If you have not already, please take the time to review the plan and its core public health guidance.
Key public health measures in this plan include:
- vaccination being available to anyone aged 12 and up;
- staying home if unwell;
- ongoing hand sanitization
- use of masks; and
- continued cleaning of high-touch surfaces.
Like last year, there are steps we can all take to keep each other healthy and safe. These include:
- Reviewing the COVID-19 Daily Checklist each day to closely monitor your health and the health of those you care for.
- Understanding what to expect if your child develops symptoms while at school by reviewing the Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Child and Youth Settings fact sheet.
- Nova Scotia Health has also updated its Contact Tracing in Child and Youth Settings fact sheet which outlines the steps Public Health will take if a case of COVID-19 is reported in a school.
As everyone settles back into the school year routine, it is important to remember that getting vaccinated is our best defense against COVID-19. The more people in a community who are vaccinated and protected from COVID-19, the harder it is for the virus to spread. All Nova Scotians aged 12+ have access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines free-of-charge. You can learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, including how to book an appointment, at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/vaccine.
Thank you for your ongoing cooperation as we continue to support one another, work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help each other stay as healthy and safe as possible.
The SRCE will continue to share updates via region-wide email alerts, posting to the SRCE website (srce.ca) and on twitter @SRCE_NS.
I wish everyone a safe and successful school year.
Regional Executive Director of Education