HRCE release on school closures for May 2021


At today’s news briefing, Premier Iain Rankin announced that schools in Nova Scotia will remain closed to in-person learning until at least the end of May to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Click here to read the full news release.

Teaching and learning will continue online. With seven weeks left in the school year, there’s still lots of valuable time for students to learn and grow. Teachers will continue to take attendance and complete assessments. For more information on what assessments will look like, click here.

As we head into the weekend, I want to thank you for your continued support with at-home learning. You, along with our staff and our students, have made this all possible. Many of you have shared with us that your experiences have been positive, which is awesome.

I also acknowledge that none of this is easy. Many of you are juggling your own full-time jobs while supporting your children with school. I also know those aren’t your only responsibilities. These are extremely trying times, but it’s important to remember that you are not alone. If your family needs support in any way, don’t hesitate to reach out.

  • If you have questions about your child’s learning, please call or email their teacher or the school principal.
  • If you are unable to access food during the school closures, Feed Nova Scotia and local food support programs are ready to help. 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.
  • If you have questions about services and programs available to support your family, our SchoolsPlus team is available year-round. For contact information by school, please see the attached page of family support resources.

We all know that the best place for children is in school, but at this time, we all have to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to follow Public Health guidelines, get tested regularly and stay close to home.

Be well,

Elwin LeRoux
Halifax Regional Centre for Education

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