Back to School Plan


We know the best place for children is in the classroom and, with the support of Public Health, IWK, educators, and support workers students will return to class on September 8. Teachers will offer the same classes and same curriculum, but the schools and daily school routine will look slightly different.


Some key differences include:
 

Mask wearing

Less sharing

No lockers

More handwashing and sanitization

Enhanced cleaning

Health and safety reminders



The plan to support the return of students and staff to class was created with the input of thousands of voices including; Direction from provincial public health officials; Advice from physicians at the IWK Health Centre; Feedback from the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, support staff unions and teachers; Survey results from more than 28,000 parents, guardians, and teachers; and Recommendations from School Advisory Council members and education partners. 

The plan has three scenarios: 
 

Scenario 1

In-class Instruction - All Students Return to Class 


Key points for this phase include: 

  • In-class instruction will resume in September.
  • Regional Centres for Education and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial will have plans for their schools.
  • There will be enhanced cleaning measures in schools and greater emphasis on handwashing/sanitizing and physical distancing.
  • Mask use will be required for some grade levels and staff, for some situations.
  • School bus riders and drivers will are required to wear masks while on the bus.
  • Signs in schools will support physical distancing and health and safety practices.
  • Other services students accessed in school (cafeteria, meal programs) will be delivered to students.
  • No use of lockers.
 

Scenario 2

Blended Learning Model - Some Students in Class, Some at Home 


Key points for this phase include: 

  • Pre-primary to grade 8 students will receive in-class instruction in smaller class sizes.
  • Grades 9 to 12 will be supported to learn from home.
  • Students in all grades who need SchoolsPlus services will continue to receive them at school.
  • Regional Centres for Education and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial will have plans for those children, students, and staff, who need to be at school.
  • School bus riders and drivers are required to wear masks while on the bus.
  • Signs in schools will support physical distancing and health and safety practices.
  • Other services students accessed in school (cafeteria, meal programs) will be delivered to students.
  • Response plan can be applied province-wide, to a specific region, or to a specific school, at the direction of public health.
 

Scenario 3

At-home Learning - All Students Learn at Home


Key points for this phase include: 
  • Schools will close.
  • All students will be supported to learn from home.
  • Students at home would continue to have access to services such as SchoolsPlus.
  • A move to at-home Learning would be applied province-wide, at the direction of public health.

 

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