Message to Students and Families from Dr. Strang and Fact Sheet on Discussing COVID-19 with Children

March 30, 2020

Dear Students and Families:

The health and safety of students, staff and our community is the main priority during these unprecedented times. At the same time, we recognize the importance of keeping students engaged and learning. Please be assured that we are working with teachers, principals and unions on Learning Plans for students, which will be communicated to students and families in the near future. This Plan will include opportunities for both e-learning and at-home options for those without access to high-speed Internet. We also recognize the needs of our vulnerable learners, and so we are looking at how we can support families. There will be continued access to student support services, including SchoolsPlus. All of our students are a priority, including our Grade 12s who we are supporting with technology.

Please see the message below from Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of Nova Scotia, and supporting fact sheet on how to discuss COVID-19 with children. I would also like to draw your attention to a Q&A for kids: that can help you to address some common questions your children may have such as: Why is school cancelled? How sick will I be if I get this? Can I go outside?

Please continue to follow the advice from Nova Scotia Public Health, including the mandatory self-isolation for 14 days if you have travelled out of the province and all COVID-19 protocols. In addition, you can find accurate, up-to-date information at:

Thank you for your ongoing understanding and 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.


Paul Landry

Regional Executive Director of Education

Strait Regional Centre for Education
304 Pitt Street, Unit 2
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2T9
902-625-2191/1-800-650-4448; 902-625-2281 (fax) /
Follow SRCE on Twitter @SRCE_NS


My fellow Nova Scotians,

COVID-19 is an unprecedented and rapidly evolving situation, and I recognize this is a scary time for Nova Scotians. Public health officials are working closely with our colleagues across the country and our partners in Nova Scotia to limit the spread of the virus and increase capacity within the health system to respond.

During this state of emergency, we must all work together to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here are important steps we are requiring all Nova Scotians to take:

  • Stay home as much as possible. When you are out, practice social distancing by limiting contact with other people (stay 2 metres (6 feet) apart) and have no more than 5 people together
  • Shop only for essentials, such as groceries and prescription medication and only have one person doing the shopping
  • If you’ve traveled outside the province, self-isolate for 14 days
  • If you feel unwell, go to and use the self-assessment questionnaire to find out if you need to call 811
  • Wash your hands often, avoid touching your face and clean surfaces regularly

I understand that this situation may be creating a lot of fear. This is normal. However, it’s important that we respond, not in fear, but with caring, a sense of community and common sense. No one person is responsible, but we can all be part of the solution. If someone in your community is self-isolating or ill, what they need is your support, compassion and understanding. I encourage you to:

  • Check in with those closest to you by phone, text or social media
  • Have a video chat with someone in isolation
  • Make sure your neighbours have what they need
  • Encourage people to get information from reliable sources, like:

Following public health direction and supporting each other is how we will beat this virus.

For the latest information, advice and resources, visit:

Government of Nova Scotia:

Government of Canada:

For general information on novel coronavirus information, call:

Toll-free: 1-833-784-4397

For updates on social media, follow:

Government of Nova Scotia Facebook page:

Government of Nova Scotia Twitter account:

Department of Health and Wellness Facebook page:

Department of Health and Wellness Twitter account:

We will continue to provide you with the latest information to help you protect yourself, your family and community members. Thank you for your help in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our province.

Dr. Robert Strang

Chief Medical Officer of Health

Province of Nova Scotia