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Plan for Nova Scotia students, teachers to be released soon

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs said Friday that province's schools will be closed indefinitely, while in Saskatchewan students were informed their current grades were final, and they will be moved onto the next grade level
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UPDATE: Staff and Grade 12 students will have limited access to schools this week, by appointment only, to pick up essential items needed to work from home.

"For Grade 12 students it is to borrow technology if they do not have technology at home," said an emailed statement from the Halifax Regional Centre for Education.

To make an appointment, call or email the school principal.

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For students in Nova Scotia, March break should have ended yesterday, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the earliest they will be back in school is April 6th according to the Department of Education.

In a statement provided to Global News, a spokesperson says they are developing a plan that will support both students, and teachers.

Nova Scotia Teachers Union president Paul Wozney says they are meeting with the Department of Education and Regional Centres for Education to discuss the plan moving forward. For now, he says the focus is on making sure Grade 12 students can graduate on time. Wozney says it's not that they aren't thinking about other students, but the grads are the top priority.

Meanwhile, the provincial statement says learning options are being developed, and the Department of Education will be sharing the path forward with principals, teachers, and families in the near future.

Wozney says for this week only, teachers can return to their schools by appointment to collect supplies, and materials they need, but after this week, schools will be sealed. Beyond that, Wozney says he doesn't know what they're going to need, or how they're going to approach this.

At this time, SchoolsPlus and parent navigator supports remain available at this time, but only via remote assistance. There will be no more one on one meetings for the foreseeable future.

Wozney says they can always find ways to address missed learning - that's a solvable problem. But what he says isn't solvable is people who contract COVID-19 and either lose their life, or suffer other permanent consequences. That's why they are being extra cautious.

Other jurisdictions around the country have dealt with their education hurdles in different ways. New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs said Friday that province's schools will be closed indefinitely, while in Saskatchewan students were informed their current grades were final, and they will be moved onto the next grade level when instruction resumes.


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