The Road to Resiliency: Skills and Strategies

This series is a partnership between IWK Health’s Mental Health and Addictions Program and the Nova Scotia’s Department of Early Education and Childhood Development (EECD).

Intended for parents, caregivers and families of school-aged children, the series tackles common issues that families should prepare for in advance of the school year. 

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Preparing for the 2020-2021 School Year


Helping students understand Public Health measures: Masks and physical distancing

Below are a few social narratives and suggestions that families can use to talk to their children about the changes they will see when they return to school. Reading these with children on a regular basis leading up to the start of school can help them understand and feel comfortable with some of the health measures that will be in place, such as mask wearing and physical distancing.


International and Domestic Students from Outside of Nova Scotia

The Government of Canada requires provinces and territories to ensure schools that wish to welcome international students have an approved COVID-19 readiness plan.

Private P-12 schools in Nova Scotia may accept international and domestic students from outside the province, so long as specific requirements are followed. It is the individual school’s decision to accept international students.

For public schools, the Nova Scotia International Student Program will delay further admissions for the 2020-21 school year. This decision will be revisited prior to the next year.

P-12 Education Sector Readiness Plan: Requirements to Host International and Domestic Students from Outside of Nova Scotia