Update: NS Education and Early Childhood Development- March 30, 2020

Public schools across the province will remain closed until at least May 1, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This closure will be reassessed as the situation changes.

We recognize that these are extraordinary times. Government and our public education system have made learning a priority, while still protecting the health and safety of students and teachers.

During this time, students and families will have access to e-learning and at-home options that will be assignment and project focused, so they may continue their education.

We understand this is a challenging time for families. The Learning Plan is not meant to add more stress. If the Learning Plan is causing additional stress, please contact your child’s teacher or principal to discuss.

Students who need additional support will continue to receive it. We are all in this together and we appreciate everyone’s patience and commitment to education.

We have created a website with tips on reading, ideas for planning and appropriate online tools at https://curriculum.novascotia.ca/learning-home .

Any student who is on-track to graduate will graduate. Any student on track to move to the next grade will pass.

Provincial exams and assessments are cancelled for the remainder of the year.

March 16, 2020: Latest Update from SSRCE

The following is the lastest update from the South Shore Regional Centre for Education

 

https://ssrce.ca/march-16-2020-update/?fbclid=IwAR3chYsuQK_6zwhEx3PDLX_Y...

School Closed 2 Weeks After March Break

March 15, 2020: The Nova Scotia Government and The Nova Scotia Department of Health have just announced that public schools will be closed for two weeks following March Break (weeks of March 23 and March 30). After this time period it will then will be reassessed. For more information, please click on the following link:

https://novascotia.ca/news/release/…

Please understand that this is an ever changing situation. When updates are provided, we will try our best to promptly update students and families through this page, the PowerSchool Alert system and the SQMS website (sqms.ednet.ns.ca).

There are very many unanswered questions for everyone involved. We are asking for patience as we try to navigate our way through this.

Thank you for your continued co-operation and support through these trying times.

Lastest Update re: COVID-19 (March 13, 2020)

Dear Students, Staff and Families,

COVID-19 has now been declared a Pandemic. As we deal with this extremely rare world event, we as Nova Scotians must take care of each other. We can do that by taking immediate steps to keep our schools safe. To that end, the Province is directing public sector employees, including teachers, who travel outside Canada to stay at home and self-isolate away from the public for 14 days after returning to the country. These travel protocols also apply to students of Nova Scotia public schools who have travelled outside the country with their families and all education and support staff.

In addition, the Province, CSAP and Regional Centres for Education are taking steps to protect students while keeping schools open. As of today, the following steps are being taken:

- All out-of-province work travel, including Article 60 travel out-of-country, is being suspended for teachers and administrators and Regional Centre for Education staff until the end of April

- All professional development activities are suspended until the end of April

- All extra-curricular activities including sports are suspended until the end of April

- All attendance policies or initiatives (provincial, regional and school-based) that penalize students for staying home, or reward students for showing up to class, are suspended until the end of April,

- All external meetings are suspended until the end of April - All co-operative education placements are suspended until the end of April

- All assemblies or gathering of students are suspended until the end of April

Learning supports for students in self-isolation will be announced soon.

A decision about future student trips and the above activities planned for May and June will be made in mid-April.

Currently, there are no cases of coronavirus in Nova Scotia. However, more cases are expected in Canada. Public health officials continue to advise Nova Scotians to stay at home and self-isolate if they feel unwell. Individuals who develop a fever, with a temperature 38°C or higher, and/or cough should call 811 for assessment.

Doctors also say the best advice for Nova Scotians continues to be to follow proper hygiene practices, which help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like influenza and coronavirus.

Information is available at: - https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/ , and - Government of Canada toll-free line: 1-833-784-4397

We are working closely with public health officials and the Province of Nova Scotia to keep our staff and our students as safe as possible. You will likely have more questions over the coming days, and we are committed to keeping you informed as new information becomes available.

-South Shore Regional Center for Education

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