April 15, 2021
Dear Students and Families:
I would like to begin by thanking all our school communities for your ongoing cooperation and understanding. We have had a very successful school year so far and I believe this is a testament to the impressive efforts and support of students, parents/guardians and staff.
On Tuesday, April 13, 2021, we were very pleased to learn the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development announced that we can begin planning for smaller in-person graduation ceremonies at our schools. In safely planning for the ceremonies, all COVID-19 public health measures will be followed.
Graduation is an important accomplishment in the lives of our students, families and school staff and has always been a highlight of the school year for both school and regional staff. We are very much looking forward to welcoming students and families to an in-school ceremony to recognize this milestone and the many achievements and successes of our graduates over the years. More information will be shared with graduates and families directly from our high school principals as plans are developed.
To ensure there is enough time to plan and hold the ceremonies, the school year for our Grades 9 to 12 students only will end one week early. As a result, please note:
- Last day of classes for Grades 9 to 12 students only will be Friday, June 11, 2021.
- Exam week for Grades 9 to 12 will now to be held June 14 to 18, 2021, not the week of June 21, 2021, as originally scheduled.
- Nova Scotia Virtual School (NSVS) exams will be held on Thursday, June 10, 2021.
- Students who do not write exams will continue to go to school and be supported until the end of the school year. There are no changes to the school year for pre-primary children and Grades Primary to 8 students.
- Any other year-end academic recognition, closing or transition ceremonies planned by schools can continue this year, however, they will need to follow the existing guidance in the Back to School Plan.
By continuing to work together and reinforce the importance of our shared responsibility in following and respecting the public health measures, we will ensure that the final part of our school year remains safe and successful for our students.
Regional Executive Director of Education