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COVID-19: A call to action for us all

March 9, 2020

The following message was shared with families on March 8, 2020:

Families,

Let’s work together to prevent the spread of illness!

The risk of COVID-19 remains low in Nova Scotia at this time, however, the international situation is rapidly evolving. Halifax Regional Centre for Education (HRCE) 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.

Your child’s health, your health and the health of all HRCE staff depend on us working together to keep 60,000 pairs of hands clean.

Attached, you will find 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 HRCE 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:

We will continue to provide you with regular updates.

Thank you for being our partners in learning and good health. Keeping 60,000 pairs of hands clean is a big job. It starts with us all rolling up our sleeves!

Elwin LeRoux
Regional Executive Director of Education