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


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


French Immersion Information Sessions

Early & Late French Immersion

Parent Information Sessions

Parent/Guardian Information Sessions for students wishing to enroll in Early or Late French Immersion in September 2020 are scheduled as follows:

Early Immersion

Digby Elementary (902) 245-7550
Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the school

Plymouth School (902) 663-2000
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the school

Yarmouth Elementary School (902) 749-2860
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the school

Drumlin Heights Consolidated School (902) 643-6000
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the school

Meadowfields Community School (902) 749-2880
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the school

Weymouth Consolidated School (902) 837-2310
Tuesday, March 25, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the school

Late Immersion

Shelburne Regional High School
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the school

Maple Grove Education Centre
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the school

Barrington Municipal High School
Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the school

Please contact the school or attend a parent information session to express your child’s interest by April 1, 2020.

Learning at Home

Links to information and resources for students, families and teachers

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