**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release
Schools Move to At-Home Learning for One Week
Students in Nova Scotia’s public schools will move to at-home learning for one week beginning Monday, January 10. Schools will remain open for students who use learning centres and will reopen to in-person learning on January 17.
“We have heard concerns from families and staff about a return to in-person learning,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Becky Druhan. “By moving to at-home learning for one week, we can take the steps necessary to build confidence by purchasing HEPA filtration systems for schools and classrooms with passive ventilation systems, and by ensuring a good supply of 3-ply masks for all children and staff, including medical masks for staff. Our goal is to provide more comfort and confidence to staff and students as we continue to live with COVID.”
More information will be sent to families soon from regional centres for education and Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP).
Schools will follow public health guidance regarding testing, isolation and case management and more information on enhanced public health measures in schools, including reporting of student and staff illness, will be shared with families next week.
During at-home learning, students who are in emergency need of food can call 211 for assistance from Feed Nova Scotia.
More information about at-home learning is available at: https://backtoschool.ednet.ns.ca/learning-from-home
Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free).