January 13, 2022
Good Afternoon SRCE Families:
SRCE staff are very much looking forward to welcoming back pre-primary children and Grades Primary to 12 students on Monday, January 17, 2022, as we return to in-person learning in our schools.
Please know there will be additional health precautions in all of our schools. Everyone will need to follow enhanced public measures at all times.
This means there will be restrictions on the typical activities that take place during the school day including:
- Cohorting (reduce mixing and movement of students inside school and on playgrounds);
- Non-essential visitors will not be allowed into our schools;
- Assemblies, dances, and large gatherings are suspended; and
- Limits on sports and music activities, for the time being.
The additions are comprehensive; a complete list is available along with the updated Back to School: Living with COVID-19 information at https://backtoschool.ednet.ns.ca/returning-to-class.
I know these changes may be challenging, but they will allow students to return to school with their friends. We know that in-person learning is essential for the emotional, physical, intellectual and social development of children. We also know the risk to children is low. For these reasons, our public health leaders and pediatric leaders at the IWK Health Centre recommend a return to in-person learning.
What we have done in the past has worked to keep children in school, and I am confident the public health measures will continue to work. With our core public health measures including:
- getting vaccinated if eligible. More information is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/vaccine/.
- staying home if unwell;
- wearing a properly fitted 3-ply mask (cover the nose, mouth and chin). Please refer to the How to Properly Wear a Face Mask.
- washing and/or sanitizing your hands regularly. Please review the Proper Handwashing Poster. and
- our enhanced measures as needed, we have been able to keep our schools open.
As Dr. Robert Strang reminds us, we have multiple layers of public health protection built into our schools. Please refer to the attached letter to families from Dr. Strang along with a school guidance document related to COVID-19 cases entitled Fact Sheet: Slowing the Spread of COVID-19. (Note: January 28, 2022, Update to Fact Sheet - Limiting the Spread of COVID-19 in Schools.)
Thank you for keeping our schools safe and our students learning. We appreciate the hard work of everyone – students, parents, guardians, teachers, staff and administrators – as we live with the Omicron variant.
Regional Executive Director of Education