Messages to Families

Messages to Families

Remainder of CCRCE Schools to Open to Students (May 31, 2021)

Premier Rankin and Dr. Strang announced the provincial epidemiology continues to move in the right direction, and the remainder of our CCRCE schools can return to in-person learning.

For Uniacke District, Elmsdale District, Enfield District, Maple Ridge Elementary, Riverside Education Centre, and Hants East Rural High School, all students will return on Thursday, June 3, 2021. There will be no online classes for those students on Tuesday or Wednesday to allow teachers and school-based staff time to prepare the sites to welcome students back on Thursday.

It is wonderful news that we will be able to welcome all CCRCE students back to our schools for in-person learning for the remainder of the school year. If any families are feeling unease, please rest assured that our schools are safe. We will continue the same layered approach to safety that has been in place all year, such as mask use, enhanced cleaning, outside learning and maintaining physical distancing.

The best place for our students’ social-emotional development and well-being is in school. We still have 10% of the school year in front of us, and we look forward to the impact our teachers and school-based staff members can have during this time in your child’s learning journey.

COVID Update: Return of Students to School (May 28, 2021)

Today, Premier Rankin and Dr. Strang announced the provincial epidemiology is moving in the right direction, and we can begin to ease restrictions, including the return to school for students.

For CCRCE schools, except the schools within the boundaries of the HRM restrictions, students will return to school on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

There will be no classes for students on Monday and Tuesday. These two days will allow teachers and school-based staff to prepare the sites to welcome students back on Wednesday.

At-home learning will continue on Monday and onward for those schools impacted by continued HRM restrictions (Uniacke District, Elmsdale District, Enfield District, Maple Ridge Elementary, Riverside Education Centre, and Hants East Rural High School), but there will be some exceptions for students with highly complex needs. Additional details about a June 2 start date will be provided to those families of students with complex needs early next week.  Public health, in consultation with the province, will continue to assess in-person classes for other students at our schools impacted by continued HRM restrictions.

Community use of school gymnasiums will not be permitted. School sports teams may practice, but only within the school. 

We are all very excited to be able to close the year with most of our students back in-person in our schools. If any families are feeling unease, please rest assured that our schools are safe. We will continue the same layered approach to safety that has been in place all year, such as mask use, enhanced cleaning, outside learning and maintaining physical distancing.

The best place for our students’ social-emotional development and well-being is in school. We still have 10% of the school year in front of us, and we look forward to the impact our teachers and school-based staff members can have during this time in your child’s learning journey.

Thank you to all our families, teachers and staff members for the work it took to keep our students engaged in learning over the past month. We truly appreciate your support, as it takes a village to ensure our students can succeed.

At-Home Learning Will Continue until End of School Yeary (May 19, 2021)

Today, Dr. Strang and Premier Rankin announced an extension of the current provincial lockdown to at least the second week of June, given the current epidemiology in the province.

They also announced that At-Home Learning will continue until the end of this school year.

  • Classes for high school students will end on June 11, when these students move into final assessments.
  • Classes for other grades will continue as scheduled.
  • Supports for students available through school counsellors, SchoolPlus, specialists, reading recovery and the small group instruction that teachers have been using throughout this month will also continue. 
  • More information will be shared in the coming weeks about the remainder of the school year, belongings pick-up/drop-offs, and graduation ceremonies, following conversations with Public Health and school principals.

We would prefer our students to be in-class with their friends and teachers. However, we also know that students and staff are making at-home learning work. Teachers have found creative ways to educate their students, and students have worked hard to stay engaged. I am sure this will continue.

I also want to acknowledge that at-home learning isn’t easy.  And I know the challenges it presents are not the same for everyone.  I want to thank the staff, students and families for your support, perseverance and participation. I appreciate your understanding and patience during the third wave of the pandemic.

Our commitment is that classes will continue until the end of the current school year, and students will continue to be assessed on their performance by their teachers. For more information about assessment, click here.

I appreciate the challenges you may face, and I want to reinforce the supports available to students and families. You are not alone during these trying times. If your family needs support, don’t hesitate to reach out.

  • If you have questions about your child’s learning and/or questions about support from specialized individuals like Speech and Language Pathologists, Student Support Workers, Assistive Technology Specialists, Autism Specialist, please call or email your teacher or your school principal.
  • If you are unable to access food support from a local food program, emergency food supports are available. Call 211 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and speak to a navigator. 
  • The Homework Hub for Mathematics is now available to students in grades 4 to 12, with extended hours and can be accessed through student gnspes accounts or by calling 1-888-444-6607.  See https://curriculum.novascotia.ca/parentfamily-information
  • If you have questions about services and programs available to your family, our SchoolsPlus team is available to help. For contact information, please visit https://www.ccrce.ca/do-you-need-assistance 

Additional Case Connected to Cumberland North Academy (May 7, 2021)

In addition to the case we announced yesterday, Public Health has confirmed another case of COVID-19 connected to Cumberland North Academy.

Like the case announced yesterday, Public Health is working to identify any students and staff members who may have been in close contact with the confirmed case. If your child is identified as a close contact, Public Health will communicate with you directly. If Public Health does not contact you, it is because your child is not considered a close contact.

Out of an abundance of caution, Public Health is recommending that all students and staff be tested for COVID-19, whether or not you have symptoms. Please visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en to book a COVID-19 test or call 811 and identify yourself as someone Public Health asked to be tested from Cumberland North Academy.

At-home learning will go ahead as scheduled for next week.

As a reminder, here are the resources we shared yesterday:

Covid case connected to Cumberland North Academy (May 6, 2021)

Public Health has confirmed that a case of COVID-19 is connected to Cumberland North Academy.

Out of an abundance of caution, Public Health is recommending that all students and staff at Cumberland North Academy be tested for COVID-19, whether or not they have symptoms

The school will receive a deep cleaning on Friday, May 7. Our teachers will continue to provide at-home learning as scheduled tomorrow and next week.

Click here for more information.

We understand you may feel anxious over the coming days. It is natural to want to know if your child may have been exposed to the virus. Public Health officials will inform those who are at risk of the next steps, but to protect the privacy of students and staff, other details including names, will not be released.

Please continue to monitor everyone in your family daily for signs or symptoms of COVID-19, using Nova Scotia’s Daily Checklist https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/docs/Daily-COVID-checklist-en.pdf.

If you or any family member has or develops signs or symptoms as described on the checklist, complete the COVID-19 self-assessment at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en online at or call 811 if you are unable to access the online tool.

Everyone should get tested regularly for COVID-19. Even if you have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, you should get tested.

You can book an appointment at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Rapid testing is available without appointment at pop-up sites http://www.nshealth.ca/service-details/COVID-19%20Rapid%20Testing for people who are 16 or older and have no symptoms.

Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing http://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing. Only call 811 if you can’t book a test online.

I would also encourage you to visit the Back to School Plan - https://www.ednet.ns.ca/backtoschool - where you can find information and resources for you and your family.

For families who are unable to access food during the school closures, Feed Nova Scotia and local food support programs are ready to help.

Food banks and local food programs are open and safely supporting communities. 211 online is available 24/7 to provide more information and connect you to your nearest option.

If you are unable to access food support from a local food program, Feed Nova Scotia's COVID-19 Emergency Food Box Program is available. Call 211 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to see if the program is a good fit.

Covid Case Connected to Hants East Rural High (May 1, 2021)

CCRCE News: Saturday, May 1, 2021

Public Health has confirmed that a case of COVID-19 is connected to Hants East Rural High School.

Please Note: NSHA has made a correction to the letter parents/guardians received earlier. All students and staff do not need to be tested –only those identified by Public Health.

The school will receive a deep cleaning over the weekend and will reopen to staff on Monday. At-home learning will go ahead as scheduled next week.

Click here for more information.

All CCRCE Schools to Move to At-Home Learning (April 27, 2021)

On April 27, the provincial government announced a province-wide shut down for two weeks.  For CCRCE, this means all schools will pivot to at-home learning for a period of two weeks. Schools will close to students at the end of day today (Tuesday, April 27, 2021).

What do you need to know?

All CCRCE schools will now move to at-home learning for two weeks.

  • The six schools identified yesterday to close to students (Elmsdale District, Enfield District, Maple Ridge Elementary, Uniacke District, Riverside Education Centre, and Hants East Rural High) will begin at-home learning on Thursday, April 29. 
  • CEC will continue with at-home learning.
  • All other CCRCE schools will begin at-home learning on Friday, April 30.

We realize that this information is being shared at the end of the day. We understand that many of our students may not have their needed materials or technology with them. Principals and school staff are working on details of how you can get what you need and will communicate with you soon.

You can expect a combination of real-time instruction delivered by teachers (“synchronous learning”) and self-directed (“asynchronous”) learning. Students will have opportunities to engage virtually with their peers, their teachers, and all other support staff. For an overview of what at-home learning will look like, click here. I would also encourage you to revisit the Back to School Plan, where you can find more information and resources for you and your family.

If you are looking for information about curriculum, physical activity, mental health or for technology support, click here.

For families who are unable to access food during the school closures, Feed Nova Scotia and local food support programs are here to help. Food banks and local food programs are open and safely supporting communities. 211 online is available 24/7 to provide more information and connect you to your nearest option. If you are unable to access food support from a local food program, Feed Nova Scotia's COVID-19 Emergency Food Box Program is available. Call 211 weekdays between 8am and 8pm to see if the program is a good fit.

How can we stop the spread of COVID-19?

Please continue to monitor yourself, and your child(ren) daily for signs or symptoms of COVID-19, using Nova Scotia’s Daily Checklist.

Get tested. Public Health is encouraging everyone to test regularly for COVID-19, even if you have no symptoms or only mild symptoms. Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing.

Thanks to everyone for following the Public Health guidelines that have allowed students in Nova Scotia to be in school this year. Keep it up—we’ll get there again.

Six CCRCE Schools At-Home Learning for Two Weeks (April 27, 2021)

On April 26, the province announced that all schools in HRM and its surrounding impacted communities will shift to at-home learning for a period of two weeks. Schools will close to students at the end of day today (Monday, April 26, 2021).

What does this mean in CCRCE?

This shift to at-home learning will impact Enfield District Elementary, Elmsdale District Elementary, Uniacke District School, Riverside Education Centre, Maple Ridge Elementary, and Hants East Rural High School only at this time.

These six schools will close to students effective at the end of today and begin online learning on Thursday, April 29. 

All other CCRCE schools will remain open for in-person learning, except any school closed for three days for enhanced cleaning connected to a confirmed COVID case. According to health experts, in-person schooling remains the best place for children’s social, emotional, physical and mental well-being. With that said, public health continues to monitor the situation and CCRCE remains prepared to make the switch to the at-home learning model, should we be directed to do so by Public Health.

Understandably, this is a time filled with uncertainty. Please know, if there’s a case of COVID-19 identified in any of our schools, Public Health will advise us immediately and the school community will then be contacted.

Community Use of Schools 

Until restrictions are lifted (at least May 20), CCRCE will discontinue:

  • Community Use of Schools
  • School-to-school travel for events, sports and activities (sports practices at the school-level may continue with up to 10 participants indoors and 25 outdoors (numbers include players and coaches))
  • All field trips into the community

COVID-19 Case connected to CEC (April 23, 2021)

Public Health has confirmed that a case of COVID-19 is connected to Cobequid Education Centre.

Out of an abundance of caution, Public Health is recommending that all students and staff at Cobequid Education Centre be tested for COVID-19, whether or not symptoms are present.

In consultation with Public Health, the school will be closed to students at the end of today until at least Wednesday, April 28. This will allow for a deep cleaning and time for Public Health to engage in contact tracing. While the school building is closed, our staff will support students to continue their learning.

Click here for more information.

Student Assessment Update (April 30, 2020)

Dear Families,

As many of you have heard by now, the province recently announced that schools will be closed until at least May 19. You can read more about the extended school closure here: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200428005.

I want to start this update, by first thanking you, our parents and guardians, for your incredible support for at-home-learning over the past number of weeks. I recognize that learning at home is difficult and depending on your current circumstance, you may be having ebbs and flows with success. Please know that whatever you have been able to achieve with learning at home is appreciated.  

We acknowledge this is not a normal school year for our teachers or families. We recognize that our learning and life challenges have also been compounded by the recent tragic events in our province.

End of Year Student Assessment

Our teachers have been shifting their approach to design creative ways to provide learning opportunities at home. This includes an adjusted approach to assessment that will allow teachers to collect evidence of student learning with flexibility and consideration for the current environment. 

Highlights of the Assessment approach for educators are the following:

  • All students will receive an end of the year report card.
  • Students who have an Individual Program Plan will continue to be assessed based on their individual outcomes.
  • Students who are on-track to graduate will graduate and those on-track to proceed to their next grade level will move to their next grade on time. During the pandemic, teachers and schools will work with students to focus on learning and improve their marks.
  • High school students will be assessed and evaluated on modified coursework that is completed to the best of their ability.

It is important to note that no student will be penalized because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers and principals and all education workers will continue to reach out and support students and families to the best of their ability. 

For a summary of the Assessment guidelines, please go to https://www.ednet.ns.ca/learning_at_home 

P-9 Report Cards

Schools will also be sending mid-year report cards for those students, typically in elementary and middle schools, who would normally receive a Term 2 report card at the end of March/beginning of April. These report cards will be sent electronically and our regional staff are working with Principals and teachers to finalize this work over the next two weeks.

Again, I do want to reinforce that no child will be penalized due to COVID-19. Learning at home is worthwhile, however, we do recognize that it has many challenges during this time. We are here to support you. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your school, we can work together to support your child.  

Please stay safe and take care.

Sincerely,

Gary Adams 

Regional Executive Director

 

Learning At Home Update (April 3, 2020)

Dear Students and Families, 

We know these have been exceptional times, and we thank you for doing your part for the health of Nova Scotians.

Earlier this week, the province announced plans to support students and learning at home while school buildings remain closed until at least May 1st. For a guide to Nova Scotia’s Learning Continuity Plan, visit https://www.ednet.ns.ca/learning_continuity. 

In addition to supports offered by your teacher, beginning April 8th, the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will begin to distribute grade P- 9 learning materials through store flyer packages every other week. These are delivered to most homes in Nova Scotia unless you have opted out of this service. 

If you do not currently receive weekly flyers and want to activate delivery, please contact the Saltwire network:

•1-800-565-3339

www.saltwire.com/nshomelearning  

NS-education@saltwire.com 

Teachers will stay in touch with grade 10-12 students to support their learning and are working on plans to offer support in various ways, including options for students without access to technology at home. We know that each family has unique needs and circumstances, and teachers will work with you to find an arrangement that is best for your family. 

We also know that grade 12 students have questions about courses, graduation, and support for post-secondary applications. We have shared a document for Grade 12 students on our website, which may help provide some answers: https://www.ccrce.ca/news/learning-home.  Staff connecting with students who do not have internet access will share this information with these students and families.

Please continue to stay in touch with teachers and administrators at your school. You can find school contact information on our website at https://www.ccrce.ca/schools. Teachers and school administrators are checking in with families, and are here to help you as we work together to support students and learning at home.

Sincerely,

Gary Adams

Regional Executive Director of Education

 

School Closure Update (March 30, 2020)

Premier Stephen McNeil has announced plans to support ongoing student learning as Nova Scotians deal with COVID-19. 

Click here to read the latest update to families from Nova Scotia's Minister of Education regarding the newly released Learning Continuity Plan for Students. 

Click here to review the COVID-19 Learning Plan Fact Sheet

Following the recommendation of Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, all public schools and licensed child care providers will remain closed until at least May 1.

Click here to read the news release.

 

COVID-19 Update (March 20, 2020)

Dear Students and Families,

I know that COVID-19 has presented everyone with challenges. I want to thank all of you who are in self-isolation. You are helping everyone in our community stay safe. This email is to share information about some actions that are being planned for students.

First, I want to remind you that schools are closed until April 6 as part of the province-wide measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This closure will be reassessed as the situation changes.

As March Break comes to a close, please know we continue to work with education leaders across the province and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, on plans to support students and learning. Beginning Monday, and over the next week, we will work with staff in schools to make specific plans to support students and learning during this closure.

Supporting students at all levels to continue learning at home is a priority for us, and we have been making these plans during March Break and into next week. We will have more information to share with you in the coming days and weeks, and school principals will share details that are specific to your school. In particular, we are focusing on the needs of Grade 12 students so they can meet graduation requirements.

Please continue to follow advice from Nova Scotia Public Health, including the mandatory self-isolation for 14 days if you have travelled out of the country recently. You can find accurate, up-to-date information at:

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we adapt and respond to this extremely rare world event. We will continue to be in touch. 

Sincerely,

Gary Adams

Regional Executive Director

COVID-19 Update including SchoolsPlus Contacts (March 16, 2020)

Dear Students and Families,

As you may have heard, the Province of Nova Scotia has announced that all public schools will be closed for two weeks following March Break. This is one of several province-wide prevention measures to reduce the risk to public health caused by COVID-19.

March Break continues this week (March 16-20). Schools will remain closed to students from March 23 to April 3. This closure will be reassessed at the end of this period.

We understand that any change to school schedules can be disruptive to families, however, this is an important way to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

We also recognize that you may have questions about what this closure will mean for learning, completing courses, final exams, school calendars, etc. Please know that our staff and members of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development are working together to address these questions.

You can expect to receive an update from us by the end of the week. We will share any new information with you in several ways:

  • by our Alert email
  • on our website [www.ccrce.ca]
  • by social media [@CCRCE, on Facebook, @CCRCE_NS on Twitter]

In the meantime, if you or your family needs support, our Parent Navigator and SchoolsPlus teams can be contacted by phone or email:

CCRCE Parent Navigators

  • Marcia Gamble, Cobequid Family    Contact Information: (902) 890-3973     gamblemm@ccrce.ca
  • Tracey Austin, Celtic Family            Contact Information: (902) 921-1045     austintl@ccrce.ca 

CCRCE Schools Plus Facilitators

  • Jillian Hennick, Pictou County West Facilitator          Contact Information: (782) 440-2213       hennickjr@ccrce.ca
  • Kaylin Comeau-Leil, Pictou County East Facilitator   Contact Information: (902) 759-0649       comeau-leilk@ccrce.ca 
  • Tracey Shay, Central Colchester Facilitator               Contact Information: (902) 890-2521       shaytl@ccrce.ca
  • Matt Gough, Truro Junior Facilitator                         Contact Information: (902) 324-1262       goughm@ccrce.ca
  • Candace Norman, Hants North Facilitator                Contact Information: (902) 497-3048       normanc@ccrce.ca
  • Anneliese MacPherson, Hants East Facilitator           Contact Information: (902) 478-7917      macphersona@ccrce.ca
  • Kim Wood, Cumberland Facilitator                           Contact Information: (902) 694-8581      woodk@ccrce.ca

Please continue to follow all advice from Nova Scotia Public Health. Accurate, up-to-date information is available at: 

- https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus 

- https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work together to help each other stay as healthy and safe as possible.

Sincerely,

Gary Adams

Regional Executive Director of Education

All Public Schools Closed for Two Weeks Following March Break (March 15, 2020)

Prevention measures for Nova Scotians are in effect immediately under the authority of the Health Protection Act and include public schools closed for two weeks following March Break (weeks of March 23 and March 30) and then will be reassessed.

In addition, march break camps are cancelled and regulated child care centres closed Mar. 17-Apr. 3 & then reassessed.

For more information, visit https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200315002 

New Travel Protocols for Teachers, Students, Staff (March 12, 2020)


March 12th, 2020

New Travel Protocols for Teachers, Students, Staff

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 public education employees, 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, as well as 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-related 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:

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.

Cancellation of School-Organized Student Trips to International Destinations (March 4, 2020)

March 4th, 2020

Cancellation of School-Organized Student Trips to International Destinations

Dear parents, guardians and students,

We recognize that international travel provides a valuable educational experience for students. Students broaden their perspectives, connect learning to real-world and gain lifelong memories from their rich and rewarding experiences abroad.

However, this year, we know that the public health situation worldwide involving COVID-19 is evolving at a rapid pace. Given the importance of the safety and well-being of our students and chaperones, CCRCE has made the difficult decision to cancel all school-organized student trips to international destinations between now and the end of April. Based on discussions with Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, we decided the best approach is a low-risk one, given that students are involved.

I appreciate how disappointing this decision is for everyone. If you were participating in a school-organized international trip in March or April, trip planners will be in touch with you with more information.

If you are participating in a school-organized trip to an international destination in May or June, no decision has been made related to cancellation. Our Regional Centre for Education will continue to monitor the situation and, after consulting with public health officials, we will provide further direction by April 9.

For those families travelling during March Break, we encourage you to monitor existing Government of Canada travel advisories – https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html - to guide your decision making.

Public Health officials also recommend you follow prevention tips for the cold and flu season, which include the following:

  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  • cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue (throw the tissue away)
  • limit contact with others when you're sick
  • limit touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • don't share items that may have saliva on them like utensils and bottles/glasses

More information about COVID-19 is also available on the Government of Nova Scotia website at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

We appreciate that this situation is evolving. Our commitment is to keep you informed throughout the school year. Although we regret having to cancel these rich educational trips, we see this as a necessary precaution while we collectively try to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Gary Adams
Regional Executive Director

School and Student Travel Update (February 28, 2020)

February 28th, 2020

School and Student Travel Update

We recognize that many schools, students and families are planning travel trips over the March Break holiday. We appreciate that many of you have questions related to travel and the novel coronavirus COVID-19. At CCRCE, we have been in close contact with public health officials through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Strang, advises families and schools to make individual decisions about travel based on up-to-date information about COVID-19. In the attached letter, Dr. Strang provides links to valuable online resources to help guide your decision-making, including:

We appreciate that information about COVID-19 is evolving. Our commitment is to listen to public health officials and use their advice to guide our decision-making regarding school trips. We recognize that international travel provides a valuable educational experience for students. However, if we are advised that school trips should be cancelled, we will take immediate steps to meet that outcome.

Dr. Strang’s letter also provides important prevention tips for all Nova Scotians related to staying healthy during the cold and flu season. As he writes, these steps are important in preventing the spread of common respiratory illnesses, such as influenza, as well as COVID-19. These steps include the following:

  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  • cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue (throw the tissue away)
  • limit contact with others when you're sick
    • limit touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
    • don't share items that may have saliva on them like utensils and bottles/glasses
    • clean surfaces like taps, doorknobs, and countertops often

CCRCE works closely with Public Health in regards to all illness-related issues which include specific cleaning protocols.

We appreciate that this situation is evolving. Our commitment is to keep you informed throughout the school year.

Coronavirus Update (February 25, 2020)

February 25th, 2020

Coronavirus Update

Below is updated information about the novel coronavirus from Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Nova Scotia, all other provinces and territories, and the federal government have just announced that national screening guidelines are being enhanced to respond to the evolving novel coronavirus situation.

Travellers coming to Canada who have travelled to Hubei province in the last 14 days will be asked to self-isolate at home for 14 days from their last day in Hubei province.  They will receive supporting health information from Nova Scotia Health Authority public health.

People who have travelled from any other part of China in the last 14 days will be asked to closely monitor their health for 14 days from their last day in China and call the province’s 811 line if they develop fever or cough or difficulty breathing.

People in either category who have returned to Nova Scotia within the 14-day time period will be asked through public messaging (since we do not know who they are) to take the appropriate measures for the remainder of the 14 days.

At this time there have been no cases of this virus in Nova Scotia despite some individuals claiming to be infected on social media.

The provincial website has updated information for the general public at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/