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

 

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.

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