Grade 7 School Immunization Clinics Update

Public Health holding school immunizations clinics to catch-up Grade 7 students from 2019-2020 school year
Friday, July 3, 2020
Grade 7 students from the 2019-2020 school year will be able to get up-to-date on immunizations at clinics hosted by Public Health in July and August. The second round of clinics for this past school year were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and response. 
“It was necessary to postpone the second round of clinics for the past school year but we are really happy to be able to offer these now so that students can be up to date on immunizations before the next school year starts,” said Cara-Leah Hmidan, Health Protection Manager with NSHA Public Health. 
Planning is still underway and full details will be posted on July 6 at under School Immunization Clinics. Families of Grade 7 students from 2019-2020 will also receive information from their schools early next week. 
One of the key considerations for the clinics is following guidelines around safety from COVID-19. 
“While we are encouraged at the decline of COVID-19 activity in Nova Scotia, we are taking all appropriate precautions and following guidelines to reduce risk of any COVID-19 transmission at the clinics,” said Hmidan.
This includes designing a new flow process, having additional staff present to support students, ensuring access to handwashing/hand sanitizer and regular cleaning according to the same guidelines used at other medical clinics.
The decline in COVID-19 activity also means more team members are now available to host and run the clinics. 

Tentative Start Date for 2020-2021 School Year

June 30, 2020

To TCRCE Families:

Hello, everyone. I wanted to reach out regarding the development of our TCRCE school calendar for the 2020-2021 year. In a ‘typical’ school year, we would have already released our calendar for the following year. A key date in this regional calendar is the first day back for TCRCE students in September.

A complication in developing next year’s calendar is that we don’t know what September will look like in terms of the spread of COVID-19. We are aware that the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is aiming to release a reopening plan for the end of July with Public Health approval.

I am reaching out to let everyone know that, if students are to return to school in September, the first day back for TCRCE students is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, 2020. I would again reiterate that this date is dependent on the larger reopening plan. Once the plan is confirmed, we will share a robust regional calendar for the year. In the interim, September 8 is our scheduled date for students to start.

Once again, thanks to our students and families for their dedication to at-home learning and to our staff for adapting quickly to continue providing a quality learning experience for our students.

Please enjoy your summer. All the best.

Dr. Chris Boulter
Regional Executive Director, TCRCE

2020 RHFSP Difference Makers of the Year

Congratulations to Digby Elementary School teacher Aselin Ettinger! The Rick Hansen Foundation has recently announced their 2020 Difference Makers of the year and Digby’s Physical Education teacher, Aselin, was a recipient. In fact, she was the only winner from Atlantic Canada!

Aselin has been a longtime champion for inclusion at her school, securing approval for an adaptive phys-ed component and helping students with mobility and sensory challenges experience the joy of sport. In addition to facilitating skating time with sledges and a separate sensory skate for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are averse to crowds, Aselin secured a grant for kick sleds, and brought all 375 students out to learn how to use them in a safe environment. Congrats again Aselin – we are so proud!

Student Survey

Dear students and families,

Last week, the At-Home Learning: Parent and Guardian Survey was released to encourage feedback on how learning at home went over the past few months for our families.

Now, we want to give our students in Grades 7-12 the same opportunity so we can find out more about what practices we should continue and our opportunities for improvement.

Please encourage students to fill out the At Home Learning: Student Survey. The survey is anonymous. Feedback will be used by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the RCEs/CSAP to help support planning for the 2020-21 school year. Student Survey will close Sunday, June 28. The Parent Survey will close Sunday, June 21.

To fill out the student survey, visit At Home Learning Survey

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your at-home learning experience.

TCRCE General Grad Info

June 16, 2020


High school graduation is a significant milestone for students, as well as their family and friends who have supported them along the way. Students and families have been looking forward to celebrating graduation, and this year’s events will be different than anticipated. TCRCE high school staff are working with students and their families to organize meaningful ways to celebrate our grads and their accomplishments.

Schools are organizing recognition events that are accessible for students. For this reason, celebrations for high school graduates will not be exclusively online. However, there may be some virtual components, such as a video message or photo slideshow.

TCRCE schools will be celebrating grads in creative ways. High schools will hold grad events such as individual diploma presentations and photo opportunities. All in-person events must respect physical distancing and other public health measures.

Many of our grad recognition events will be held outside. When a grad exits a vehicle to receive their diploma at their scheduled time, we are asking that a maximum of 4 additional people exit vehicles to accompany them to the diploma presentation.

Schools have collaborated with school community members to honor graduates and provide souvenirs; one example you might see is a sign on the lawn of a graduating student, or signs posted on the school property. Individual TCRCE schools will communicate their specific plans to their graduating class and families.

All the best.

Dr. Chris Boulter
Regional Executive Director, TCRCE


May 20 Letter to Families

As summer approaches, schools will be organizing ways for students and families to retrieve belongings and return items (textbooks, band instruments, computers, etc) beginning the week of June 8. Further information will be sent out to families as we get closer to this date. Please click HERE to see Dr. Boulter’s letter around this.

Maple Grove to Welcome Grade 6 Students

May 14, 2020,

Our school system is growing and we are experiencing growth in our Pre-Primary and elementary school grades. To support this growth, effective September 2020, we are expanding Maple Grove to become a Grade 6 to 8 school, in line with most middle schools in the province. This change will benefit Grade 6 students with additional social, learning, and extra-curricular activities.

The Tri-County Regional Centre for Education (TCRCE) is reorganizing the grade levels at Carleton, Meadowfields, Plymouth, Port Maitland, and Yarmouth Elementary, as well as at Maple Grove. The grade configurations will become:

School Current Configuration Reconfiguration September 2020
Carleton Consolidated School PP (pre-primary)-6 PP-5
Meadowfields Community School PP-6 PP-5
Plymouth Consolidated School PP-6 PP-5
Port Maitland Consolidated School PP-6 PP-5
Yarmouth Elementary School PP-6 PP-5
Maple Grove Education Centre 7-8 6-8

*Please note PP stands for Pre-Primary.

The reorganization has several benefits for our students. It will allow for Pre-Primary students to stay at their home elementary schools and for those Pre-Primary spaces to be used for their intended purpose.  Pre-Primary students will not experience increased transportation times that would occur if the school remained P-6 and Pre-Primary was moved. Maple Grove will become a grades 6-8 school, which is a very common grade configuration for a Middle School in Nova Scotia. This will assist MGEC in networking with other grades 6-8 schools across the province. It will also provide grade 6 students the opportunity to be in a Middle School environment, which increases opportunities for co-curricular and extracurricular activities. Most importantly, it will allow all grade 6s in the MGEC feeder schools to be a cohort, which will assist in building social cohesion and belonging.

Between now and the end of the school year, staff from TCRCE will work with our School Advisory Councils and school communities to plan for a smooth transition as we consider important questions such as the leaving celebrations for grade 6 and grade 5 students. A transition committee is being formed to receive input on matters related to transitioning students to middle school.

Please look forward to regular communication from the transition committee. We will also share information on both the TCRCE and school websites, and on our social media channels.

If you have questions or concerns around this, please either call the main TCRCE line at (902) 749-5696 or email us at .

Best regards,


Dr. Chris Boulter
Regional Executive Director, TCRCE

Learning at Home

Links to information and resources for students, families and teachers

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