May 28, 2021
Earlier today, Dr. Robert Strang and Premier Iain Rankin announced in-person classes at all Nova Scotia public schools outside of Halifax Regional Municipality and Sydney will resume on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. You may access a copy of today's news release at In-person Classes to Resume in Most Regions, Licensed Child Care Returns to Full Capacity.
The reopening decision is based on advice from public health and pediatricians at the IWK Health Centre. Dr. Strang has stated schools remain safe places for students and staff. The SRCE continues to follow Public Health guidance as outlined in Nova Scotia’s Back to School Plan.
I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to students, parents/guardians and staff for all your hard work to support at-home learning and teaching since April 30, 2021. I know it has been a challenging time for families. I must say I have been very impressed by your tremendous efforts to make at-home learning work and for this, we are very grateful.
What do you need to know?
- In the SRCE, today’s announcement means all schools will transition to in-person teaching and learning and reopen to students on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.
- There will be no at-home learning classes for students on Monday and Tuesday, May 31 and June 1, 2021. These days will be used to transition to in-person teaching and learning.
Learning and Assessments
There is a meaningful amount of time remaining in the school year. I encourage everyone to continue to focus on student well-being, learning and achievement. As a reminder, please note the following dates remain in effect:
- Last day of classes for Grades 9 to 12 students only will be Friday, June 11, 2021.
- Classes for other grades and Pre-primary Programs will continue as scheduled.
- Final assessment week for Grades 9 to 12 will be held June 14 to 18, 2021.
- Nova Scotia Virtual School (NSVS) final assessments will be held on Thursday, June 10, 2021.
- Assessment information communicated by teachers to students and families by May 21, 2021, will remain in effect.
As always, if families require any additional support, please do not hesitate to reach out to our school administration who will be able to connect you with the appropriate help.
We know the best place for our children and students is in the classroom with their peers and teachers. Since the start of the school year, we have been following the advice and direction of Public Health and Education and Early Childhood Development to implement the Back to School Plan. The Plan has multiple and layered public health measures to keep students and staff safe. All these measures in place at our schools throughout this year remain in place as we transition back next week including, but not limited to, the following:
- Daily monitoring and screening of children for COVID-19 symptoms using the COVID-19 Daily Checklist;
- Stay home if feeling unwell;
- Practice good handwashing and other hygiene steps;
- Wear a non-medical mask. A reminder that as of Monday, April 26, 2021, pre-primary children and students in Grades Primary to 3 are now required to wear a mask while in school;
- Practice cough and sneeze etiquette;
- Maintain physical distance when and where required;
- Keep small social circles and adhere to gathering limits;
- Enhance cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces;
- Install the COVID-19 Alert App; and
- Make testing a part of your regular COVID-19 prevention measures. More information is available at http://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting.
I encourage families to continue to reinforce the importance of our shared responsibility in following and respecting the public health measures that are helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help keep each other safe.
Vaccines Available for People Aged 12 to 19
On May 27, government announced people aged 12 to 19 are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine appointments. You may access a copy of the news release at People Aged 12 to 19 Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments.
COVID-19 vaccination appointments must be made online through the provincial site at https://www.novascotia.ca/vaccination or by phone at 1-833-797-7772.
Details related to graduations and what is possible based on COVID-19 public health protocols will be shared in the coming weeks following conversations with our partners at Public Health and Education and Early Childhood Development. Once information is finalized, schools will share details with their respective graduates and families.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming children and students back to school and in-person classes. By continuing to work together, we will ensure the remainder of our school year remains safe, positive and successful for our students.
With much appreciation,
Regional Executive Director of Education