Information from the Province on coronavirus COVID-19
The latest link from HRCE to information regarding COVID-19 : https://www.hrce.ca/coronavirus
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.
The letter below was shared to families by Elwin LeRoux.
Let’s work together to prevent the spread of illness!
The risk of COVID-19 remains low in Nova Scotia at this time, however, the international situation is rapidly evolving. Halifax Regional Centre for Education (HRCE) is in close contact with officials at public health who are monitoring the situation closely.
Health officials tell us that frequent hand washing with soap and warm water remains the best defense against the spread of respiratory illnesses. This is a call to action for all of us.
Your child’s health, your health and the health of all HRCE staff depend on us working together to keep 60,000 pairs of hands clean.
Attached, you will find a copy of Public Health’s Proper Hand Washing guide. As your child’s first and most important teacher, please take the opportunity to practice proper hand washing at home. This guide will be posted throughout HRCE schools.
Here are other important messages that you can explain at home and we will reinforce in school:
Wash your hands with soap and warm water frequently.
Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, and then throw the tissue away.
Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
Don’t share food, utensils, water bottles or drinking glasses.
If the soap has run out in the school bathroom, tell someone in the office.
Remember, if your child is sick, keep them home from school.
For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit
Links to both pages along with all correspondence about COVID-19 is available on the HRCE website. We will continue to provide you with regular updates.
Thank you for being our partners in learning and good health. Keeping 60,000 pairs of hands clean is a big job. It starts with us all rolling up our sleeves!