April 3 2020 Letter to TCRCE Students & Families

Dear Students and Families,

We know these have been exceptional times, and we thank you for doing your part for the health of Nova Scotians.

Earlier this week, the province announced plans to support students and learning at home while school buildings remain closed until at least May 1st. For a guide to Nova Scotia’s Learning Continuity Plan, visit https://www.ednet.ns.ca/learning_continuity .

In addition to supports offered by your teacher, beginning April 8th, the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will begin to distribute grade P- 9 learning materials through store flyer packages every other week. These are delivered to most homes in Nova Scotia unless you have opted out of this service.

If you do not currently receive weekly flyers and want to activate delivery, please contact the Saltwire network:

Teachers will stay in touch with grade 10-12 students to support their learning and are working on plans to offer support in various ways, including options for students without access to technology at home. We know that each family has unique needs and circumstances, and teachers will work with you to find an arrangement that is best for your family.

We also know that grade 12 students have questions about courses, graduation, and support for post-secondary applications. We have shared a document for Grade 12 students on our www.tcrce.ca website, which may help provide some answers. Staff connecting with students who do not have internet access will share this information with these students and families.

Please continue to stay in touch with teachers and administrators at your school. You can find school contact information on our website at www.tcrce.ca. Teachers and school administrators are checking in with families, and are here to help you as we work together to support students and learning at home.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Chris Boulter

Regional Executive Director of Education

 

 

 

Grade 12 Q&A

Grade 12 Student Q & A
Questions Answers
How will my learning continue while schools in Nova Scotia are closed? What will the learning look like? Nova Scotia has created a Learning Continuity Plan to engage students during the school closures related to COVID-19. Within this plan, a priority is placed on assisting students who are scheduled to graduate this year to meet their minimum graduation requirements. Students who have internet access will engage in online learning with their subject teacher. Grade 12 students who needed technology have been loaned technology from their school.  If you do not have internet access at home, you should work with your teacher on feasible ways to share work.   Students will engage in approximately 3 hours of work per course each week.
Who will communicate with me about continuing my learning and how will I know when it starts? Teachers or school administrators will be in contact with students in all grades regarding the Learning Plan. All students will begin by April 8, 2020 but before that time you will be asked to review, practice and reflect on work that you were doing prior to March Break.
Will I need resources to continue my learning (e.g. textbooks)? Learning opportunities and any resources required will be provided online. Textbooks are not required.
What if I am not in grade 12? Where can I find information? We are planning for learning for students in all grades. For more information about learning at home, go to https://curriculum.novascotia.ca . Information about Nova Scotia’s Learning Continuity Plan is also available at  https://www.ednet.ns.ca/learning_continuity .
Will there be assessments and final exams for my courses? Although there will be no final exams for courses, teachers will continue to assess student learning in a variety of ways. Assessments could include submissions through e-mail or GNSPES accounts, or through phone conversations.  Teachers will determine appropriate strategies as they communicate with students. The Department is meeting regularly with Colleges and Universities.  The decision to cancel exams will not negatively impact grade 12 students.
 What about IB or DELF exams These exams have been cancelled.
Will I still graduate on time? Students who are on track to graduate in June 2020 will graduate. Learning will continue so that teachers can provide June grades.
How will my credits to graduate be impacted? For any courses that are started, schools will work with students to complete them to the best of their ability. A final percentage grade will be awarded for grade 12 students.

 

Will there still be a Graduation Ceremony and other year-end celebration events at my school? It is still too early to know how long the current situation will last. Any plans for graduation and proms being considered will have to follow the direction from Dr. Strang, our Chief Medical Officer of Health, at that time.  Plans may be delayed until next school year.  Nothing will be cancelled at this time until more is known.  At this time, school buildings are closed until at least May 1.
How will I access the supports that have helped me to be successful so far (e.g.  School Counsellor, SchoolsPlus, teacher, administrator, support worker)? Staff, including student support services, will continue to work to address students’ needs. Schools will provide contact information to students, but students can also reach out to their administration and/or teachers for more information and to request support.
Can I access eLearning if I am an International Student who is going home early? Yes, International students who were registered at a Nova Scotia high school for semester two courses will remain eligible to engage in eLearning opportunities to complete their current courses like students within the province.
How will my teachers determine my final grade? Will it be Pass/Fail? At this time, grade 12 students can expect to receive a final percentage grade in each course.
Will year-end scholarships and bursaries still be awarded from my school and if so, how will I get information about applying? Yes, schools are still planning to award year-end scholarships and bursaries. Schools will communicate information to Grade 12 students and this may be done in a variety of ways (e.g. Google classroom, GNSPES emails, school website, etc.). Please direct specific questions to your school administration or school counsellor.
How will I receive support from my teacher when I need help in my course? Teachers will be reaching out to students. Teachers are expected to set up regular time during the day for office hours.  Students can request additional support directly from teachers as required.
How will courses continue that mostly focus on hands-on learning experiences? (e.g. Physical Education Leadership 12) Learning opportunities for specialized courses, or programs, that have barriers for distance learning will be supported as best as possible. Your teachers have access to an e-learning site that supports teaching and learning in new ways.  This will look different, but students will continue to be provided with relevant learning opportunities to achieve the requirements of the course.
 

Am I still able to receive a credit for my Co-op?

Yes.  Students who are enrolled in a Co-op course will have completed the in-school instruction and some may have even started at workplaces prior to March break. Students will not be going on placements at work sites while school buildings are closed.  Teachers were able to gather evidence of learning and complete assessments prior to the students beginning their placements. To complete work site placement requirements, students will be provided with alternative opportunities to continue to develop career readiness skills, investigate careers and post-secondary options, complete workplace certifications, and further develop their portfolio. Your Co-op teacher will assist you in meeting the requirements of this course.
How will I make up my apprenticeship hours? Students who are registered in Skilled Trades courses that are taught by certified tradespeople will upon successful completion of their course(s) continue to receive recognition for apprenticeship hours.

 

Like other experiential learning courses, teachers will provide students with new ways to learn about the subject area and to track their learning.

 

How will my Individualized Program Plan (IPP) outcomes for my graduation requirements be met? Teachers will work collaboratively with other staff as required in order to support each student’s individual learning.
Will the Nova Scotia Virtual School courses I am enrolled in continue? Nova Scotia Virtual School (NSVS) courses will continue and where needed, teachers will plan other learning opportunities for students who may have technology access issues.
How will I access transcripts required for post-secondary school? Schools can access transcripts electronically, and they will communicate to students the contact person for transcript requests. Schools can send transcripts directly to students or the post-secondary institution as a PDF version. Students wanting the transcript sent directly to a post-secondary institution should include the e-mail address of the post-secondary institution in their e-mail request. Should a paper copy of an in-progress transcript be required students may make a request. Contact your school’s Principal or School Counsellor for further information.
Homework hub

 

The Homework hub for students taking a math course offers free online resources and free live tutoring.  This is accessible Sunday to Thursday evenings from your GNSPES account.  Extended afternoon hours will be introduced later in April.
What if I need some support for how I am feeling about the current situation with COVID19? There is lots of help available to you.  Your teacher, school counsellor, administrator and others at the school are there for you.  You can also get support through SchoolsPlus and other helpful Nova Scotia resources at the following link: https://novascotia.ca/dhw/mental-health/children-and-youth.asp  Please also remember that physical activity is good for your mental health too.  Stay active while you are at home!
Where can I get reliable information on COVID19? For up-to-date public health information and advice that you can trust, visit the public health coronavirus website at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .
Who do I contact for more information? Contact your teacher or principal. If they can’t answer your question, call TCRCE at 902-749-5696.

 

DELF Exams Cancelled

Please note: the April 6-9 TCRCE DELF exams are cancelled for 2020. 

Message from Dr. Strang: How to talk to kids about COVID-19

Please see the following message from Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of Nova Scotia.

I would also like to draw your attention to a Q&A for kids: https://youtu.be/DXusFwpUbxE that can help you to address some common questions your children may have such as: Why is school cancelled? How sick will I be if I get this? Can I go outside?

My fellow Nova Scotians,

COVID-19 is an unprecedented and rapidly evolving situation, and I recognize this is a scary time for Nova Scotians. Public health officials are working closely with our colleagues across the country and our partners in Nova Scotia to limit the spread of the virus and increase capacity within the health system to respond.

During this state of emergency, we must all work together to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here are important steps we are requiring all Nova Scotians to take:

  • Stay home as much as possible. When you are out, practice social distancing by limiting contact with other people (stay 2 metres (6 feet) apart) and have no more than 5 people together
  • Shop only for essentials, such as groceries and prescription medication and only have one person doing the shopping
  • If you’ve traveled outside the province, self-isolate for 14 days
  • If you feel unwell, go to 811.novascotia.ca and use the self-assessment questionnaire to find out if you need to call 811
  • Wash your hands often, avoid touching your face and clean surfaces regularly

I understand that this situation may be creating a lot of fear. This is normal. However, it’s important that we respond, not in fear, but with caring, a sense of community and common sense. No one person is responsible, but we can all be part of the solution. If someone in your community is self-isolating or ill, what they need is your support, compassion and understanding. I encourage you to:

  • Check in with those closest to you by phone, text or social media
  • Have a video chat with someone in isolation
  • Make sure your neighbours have what they need
  • Encourage people to get information from reliable sources, like: novascotia.ca/coronavirus

Following public health direction and supporting each other is how we will beat this virus.

For the latest information, advice and resources, visit:

Government of Nova Scotia: novascotia.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

For general information on novel coronavirus information, call:

Toll-free: 1-833-784-4397

For updates on social media, follow:

Government of Nova Scotia Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nsgov/

Government of Nova Scotia Twitter account: https://twitter.com/nsgov

Department of Health and Wellness Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NovaScotiaHealthAndWellness/

Department of Health and Wellness Twitter account: https://twitter.com/nshealth

We will continue to provide you with the latest information to help you protect yourself, your family and community members. Thank you for your help in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our province.

Dr. Robert Strang
Chief Medical Officer of Health
Province of Nova Scotia

March 20 TCRCE – COVID-19 Update

For a video of this letter being read please click the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN5xHI2LNOA 

79 Water Street 902-749-5696
Yarmouth, NS B5A 1L4 1-800-915-0113
www.tcrce.ca

Dear Students and Families,

I know that COVID-19 has presented everyone with challenges. I want to thank all of you who are in self-isolation. You are helping everyone in our community stay safe. This email is to share information about some actions that are being planned for students.

First, I want to remind you that schools are closed until April 6 as part of the province-wide measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This closure will be reassessed as the situation changes.

As March Break comes to a close, please know we continue to work with education leaders across the province and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, on plans to support students and learning. Beginning Monday, and over the next week, we will work with staff in schools to make specific plans to support students and learning during this closure.

Enabling students at all levels to continue learning at home is a priority for us, and we have been making these plans during March Break and into next week. We will have more information to share with you in the coming days and weeks, and school principals will share details that are specific to your school. In particular, we are focusing on the needs of Grade 12 students so they can meet graduation requirements.

Please continue to follow advice from Nova Scotia Public Health, including the mandatory self-isolation for 14 days if you have travelled out of the country recently. You can find accurate, up-to-date information at:

novascotia.ca/coronavirus 
canada.ca/coronavirus

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we adapt and respond to this extremely rare world event. We will continue to be in touch.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Chris Boulter
Regional Executive Director
Tri-County Regional Centre for Education

TCRCE – COVID-19 Update – March 16 2020

Dear Students and Families,

As you may have heard, the Province of Nova Scotia has announced that all public schools will be closed for two weeks following March Break. This is one of several province-wide prevention measures to reduce the risk to public health caused by COVID-19.

March Break continues this week (March 16-20). Schools will remain closed to students from March 23 to April 3. This closure will be reassessed at the end of this period.

We understand that any change to school schedules can be disruptive to families, however, this is an important way to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

We also recognize that you may have questions about what this closure will mean for learning, completing courses, final exams, school calendars, etc. Please know that our staff and members of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development are working together to address these questions.

You can expect to receive an update from us by the end of the week. We will share any new information with you in several ways:

  • by Alert email
  • on our website (www.tcrce.ca)
  • by social media (@TCRCE_NS on Twitter and @TCRCENS on Facebook)

In the meantime, if you or your family needs support, our Parent Navigator and SchoolsPlus teams can be contacted by phone or email:

Parent Navigator: penny.foster@tcrce.ca; 902-245-4300

SchoolsPlus: Digby – amy.theriault@tcrce.ca
SchoolsPlus: Shelburne – skylar.leblanc@tcrce.ca
SchoolsPlus: Yarmouth Town – danielle.mossman@tcrce.ca
SchoolsPlus: Yarmouth County – jeanine.muise@tcrce.ca

Please continue to follow all advice from Nova Scotia Public Health. Accurate, up-to-date information is available at:

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work together to help each other stay as healthy and safe as possible.

Sincerely

Dr. Chris Boulter
Regional Executive Director of Education
TCRCE

Travel Protocols for Families, Students, Staff

March 13, 2020

Re: New Travel Protocols for Teachers, Students, Staff

Dear Students, Staff and Families,

COVID-19 has now been declared a Pandemic. As we deal with this extremely rare world event, we as Nova Scotians must take care of each other. We can do that by taking immediate steps to keep our schools safe.

To that end, the Province is directing public sector employees, including teachers, who travel outside Canada to stay at home and self-isolate away from the public for 14 days after returning to the country. These travel protocols also apply to students of Nova Scotia public schools who have travelled outside the country with their families and all education and support staff.

In addition, the Province., CSAP and Regional Centres for Education are taking steps to protect students while keeping schools open. As of today, the following steps are being taken:

  • All out-of-province work travel, including Article 60 travel out-of-country, is being suspended for teachers and administrators and Regional Centre for Education staff until the end of April
  • All professional development activities are suspended until the end of April
  • All extra-curricular activities including sports are suspended until the end of April
  • All attendance policies or initiatives (provincial, regional and school-based) that penalize students for staying home, or reward students for showing up to class, are suspended until the end of April,
  • All external meetings are suspended until the end of April
  • All co-operative education placements are suspended until the end of April
  • All assemblies or gathering of students are suspended until the end of April

Learning supports for students in self-isolation will be announced soon.

A decision about future student trips and the above activities planned for May and June will be made in mid-April.

Currently, there are no cases of coronavirus in Nova Scotia. However, more cases are expected in Canada. Public health officials continue to advise Nova Scotians to stay at home and self-isolate if they feel unwell. Individuals who develop a fever, with a temperature 38°C or higher, and/or cough should call 811 for assessment.

Doctors also say the best advice for Nova Scotians continues to be to follow proper hygiene practices, which help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like influenza and coronavirus.

Information is available at:

We are working closely with public health officials and the Province of Nova Scotia to keep our staff and our students as safe as possible. You will likely have more questions over the coming days, and we are committed to keeping you informed as new information becomes available.

Thank you,

 

Dr. Chris Boulter
Regional Executive Director, Tri-County Regional Centre for Education

TCRCE – Hygiene Guide for Families, Staff, Students

Families,

Let’s work together to prevent the spread of illness!

Tri-County Regional Centre for Education (TCRCE) is in close contact with officials at public health who are monitoring the situation closely.

Health officials tell us that frequent hand washing with soap and warm water remains the best defense against the spread of respiratory illnesses. This is a call to action for all of us.

Please see below for a copy of Public Health’s Proper Hand Washing guide. As your child’s first and most important teacher, please take the opportunity to practice proper hand washing at home. This guide will be posted throughout TCRCE schools.

Here are other important messages that you can explain at home and we will reinforce in school:

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water frequently.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, and then throw the tissue away.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Don’t share food, utensils, water bottles or drinking glasses.
  • If the soap has run out in the school bathroom, tell someone in the office.

Remember, if your child is sick, keep them home from school.
For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit

 

Learning at Home

Links to information and resources for students, families and teachers

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