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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

On July 22, 2020, Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) Minister Zach Churchill, along with Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health announced Nova Scotia's plan for the safe return to school for all students, teachers and staff on September 8, 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.

Nova Scotia's Back to School Plan 

All information related to Nova Scotia's back to school plan can be found at .

Documents and Resources

Messages to Families

The HRCE and individual schools will communicating with families throughout August as we implement the plan in preparation for opening. Any HRCE messages to families will be posted below:

  • 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)


  • 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