School Holiday Break Extended
Today, Premier Stephan McNeil has announced a change in the school year calendar. Nova Scotia has fortunately been able to give our children an in-school experience. It is what the experts have continued to tell us is best for our children, and thankfully, so far it has worked.
We know that COVID cases tend to spike after major holidays, as it has in other jurisdictions. So, reflecting on the impact of the holiday break, and the importance of keeping children and families safe, the school break is being adjusted.
Out of an abundance of caution, we are starting the holiday break a few days earlier than expected, and sending children back to school a week later than expected. The last day of school before the break will now be Friday, December 18th, 2020, with students returning on January 11th, 2021.
Our school staff members will be returning on Monday, January 4, to engage in professional development on important topics like inclusive education, anti-black racism, treaty education, teaching online and student well-being. The professional development will allow us to prepare for the rest of the school year, and to think about how we can continue to support student learning and well-being until the end of June.
We are beyond proud of how our students, families and staff members have worked so tremendously hard to make this school year successful. Thank you for continuing to adhere to Public Health protocols and helping us support students so they can thrive and achieve during the pandemic.