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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

2020-2021 School Year

UPDATED: May 31, 2021

On Monday, May 31, Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced that in-person classes would resume for all students in the Halifax Regional Centre for Education (HRCE) on Thursday, June 3, 2021.

Click here to read the provincial news release.

Click here to read the update to families from the Regional Executive Director.

Nova Scotia's Back to School Plan 

Nova Scotia's plan for the safe return to school for all students, teachers and staff was announced on July 22, 2020.

Nova Scotia’s Back to School Plan was developed with input from public health, advice from experts at the IWK Health Centre, feedback from union partners, teachers and most importantly, families and students.

Click here to read the news release.

All information related to Nova Scotia's back to school plan can be found at www.ednet.ns.ca/backtoschool .

Documents and Resources

Messages to Families

  • May 31, 2021 - link (Update on the return to in-school learning for HRCE schools)
  • May 28, 2021 - link (Update on decision to return to in-school learning outside HRM & Sydney)
  • May 28, 2021 - link (NS Health information for families on vaccination schedules)
  • May 19, 2021 - link (Update on decision to remain in at-home learning)
  • April 26, 2021 - link (Update on move to at-home learning)
  • April 23, 2021 - link (Update on COVID-19 connected to HRCE schools)
  • April 22, 2021 - link (Update to families in Auburn Drive, Cole Harbour & Dartmouth High Families of Schools)
  • December 11, 2020 - link (Weekly update. Holiday break extended)
  • December 4, 2020 - link (Update on cases of COVID-19 connected to HRCE schools)
  • November 27, 2020 - link (Update on cases of COVID-19 connected to HRCE schools)
  • November 24, 2020 - link (Update on new public health measures)
  • November 20, 2020 - link (Update on cases of COVID-19 connected to HRCE schools)
  • September 4, 2020 - link (Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year)
  • September 2, 2020 - link (Update on the Back to School plan)
  • August 14, 2020 - link (Update #2 on Back to School plan)
  • July 30, 2020 - link (Update #1on Back to School plan)
  • July 22, 2020 - link (Announcement of Back to School plan)

More Information

For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit


2019-2020 School Year

The Halifax Regional Centre for Education (HRCE) is in close contact with public health officials through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. We are following their guidance and direction to manage our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

School Closures

All public schools in Nova Scotia will remain closed and the 2019-20 school year for students end on June 5, 2020.

Learning at Home 

Our Learning at Home webpage is now live. Click here to access learning and curriculum sites for students, families and teachers. 

  • Grade 12 Q & A - link (Some answers to frequently asked questions)

Service Delivery Model

We changed our service delivery model, effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, to reduce the risk of community spread of COVID-19. Click here to learn more.

Messages to Families 

We are communicating regularly with families as the situation evolves internationally and closer to home. All messages to families can be found below.

  • May 8, 2020 - link (Update on School)
  • April 30, 2020 - link (Update on Marks, Grades and Report Cards
  • April 28, 2020 - link (Closure of Schools Extended)
  • April 3, 2020 - link (Update on plans to support student learning)
  • March 30, 2020 - link (Re: Message from Minister Churchill on Nova Scotia’s Learning Continuity Plan for Students)
  • March 30, 2020 - link (Re: Message from Dr. Strang & How to Speak to Children About COVID-19)
  • March 20, 2020 - link (Re: COVID-19 Update to Families)
  • March 16, 2020 - link (Re: COVID-19 Update to Families)
  • March 16, 2020 - link (Re: Update to Families in EXCEL Program)
  • March 13, 2020 - link (Re: New Travel Protocols for Teachers, Students, Staff)
  • March 8, 2020 - link (Re: COVID-19: A call to action for us all)
  • March 4, 2020 - link (Re: Cancellation of School-organized Student Trips to International Destinations)
  • February 28, 2020 - link (Re: School and Student Travel
  • February 10, 2020 - link (Re: Update on Coronavirus

Records of Employment

  • March 20, 2020 - link (Re: Message to Day to Day Non-Teaching Casuals and Substitute Teachers)

Documents 

  • HRM Food Resources Info: COVID-19 (Listed by HRCE Family of Schools) - link
  • Nova Scotia's Learning Continuity Plan for Students Fact Sheet - link
  • Proper Hand Washing Guide - link
  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fact Sheet: Individuals and Families - link

More Information

For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit