RED Message to SRCE Students and Families Regarding Provincial Announcement of an Extended Holiday Break for Public School Students

December 11, 2020

Dear Students and Families:

I would like to begin by thanking you for everything you continue to do to support one another with kindness, compassion and understanding. We have had a very successful school year so far and I believe this is a testament to your impressive efforts and support.

Today, Friday, December 11, 2020, Premier Stephen McNeil announced that public school students will have an extended holiday break out of an abundance of caution. 

For information on today’s announcement, please access the following link:

Holiday Break for Public Schools Extended

Please note:

  • The last day of classes will be Friday, December 18, 2020. 
  • Classes resume for students on Monday, January 11, 2021.
  • School-based staff will be returning to schools on Monday, January 4, 2021, for five days of professional learning. 

During the week of January 4, 2021, all school-based staff will be in school for professional development and learning on behalf of our students in areas such as inclusive education, social emotional learning, student well-being and technology. 

As Premier MacNeil and Dr. Strang remind us, it is now more important than ever for all of us to strictly adhere to the public health orders and directives.  We have a shared responsibility to follow and respect the public health measures that will help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help keep each other safe.  This will go a long way to helping ensure we return to safe and healthy learning environments in the new year. These measures include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Practicing good handwashing and other hygiene steps;
  • Wearing a non-medical mask;
  • Practicing cough and sneeze etiquette;
  • Maintaining physical distance when and where required;
  • Enhancing cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces; and
  • Staying home if you feel unwell.

I sincerely wish you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.


Paul Landry
Regional Executive Director