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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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 advice to prepare and respond to the increased likelihood of more COVID-19 infections in Canada.

School Closures

On March 15, the Provincial Government announced that all public schools will remain closed for two weeks following March Break (weeks of March 23 and March 30) and then will be reassessed. Click here to read the news release.

Service Delivery Model

Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 we have changed our service delivery model 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.

  • 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)


  • 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