As we wrap up March Break and prepare to return to classes on Monday, March 21, I have an important update to share with you related to masking.
This afternoon, the province announced that masks will still be required in schools, on buses, and in SSRCE offices and worksites for a few more weeks. This means that staff, students, and visitors to schools will need to wear masks during school instructional hours.
The lifting of other restrictions will continue as planned. Here are the highlights related to education:
In public schools, staff and students will follow the updated guidance in the Back to School Plan, (the website will soon be updated to reflect these changes) including the following:
- masking for staff, students and visitors remains in place for a few more weeks during school hours and on school buses
- visitors and spectators will need to wear masks in schools during school instructional hours for a few more weeks
- staff and students are asked to follow core public health measures such as getting vaccinated if eligible, staying home if feeling unwell, following the COVID-19 daily checklist, washing and sanitizing hands frequently
- music, band, arts and sports in schools can resume in full
- tournaments, concerts and extracurricular activities are permitted
- planning for graduation can proceed
For more information on today’s announcement please view the news release here: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20220318008
Once again, I thank all students, parents/guardians, and staff for your patience and adaptability. We’ll be sure to keep you updated with future changes as we receive information.
Regional Executive Director