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HRM Schools Move to At-Home Learning
Education and Early Childhood Development / COVID - 19
April 26, 2021 - 2:29 PM
All public schools in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and surrounding areas will close Tuesday, April 27, and move to at-home learning beginning Thursday, April 29.
Out of an abundance of caution, the province is mandating that students in public schools within the restricted areas in HRM identified by public health learn from home.
“The safety and well-being of everyone in our schools is our main concern. Every decision we make for our schools is out of an abundance of caution and in consultation with public health,” said Derek Mombourquette, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “Moving schools in HRM and surrounding areas to at-home learning is a necessary step at this important juncture. I know this will be difficult for some families, but Nova Scotians have shown time and time again that they’ll step up in our fight against this virus.”
Families will receive an update from their school centre or principal later today. More information about a return to school date will be released Friday, May 7.
The decision impacts all pre-primary children and grades primary to 12 public school students in Halifax Regional Centre for Education (HRCE), as well as Conseil scolaire acadian provincial (CSAP) schools and schools in the Enfield, Elmsdale and Mount Uniacke areas with the Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education (CCRCE).
“The best place for children and youth is in school, for their social, physical and mental well-being,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “That said, with the number of community and school cases rising and the impact on students, teachers and staff, I support the decision to move to at home learning in the greater Halifax area, as an additional measure. If we all do our part, our kids may be able to return to the classroom soon.”
In addition to all of the schools in HRCE, the following CSAP and CCRCE schools will move to at-home learning:
École Bois-Joli, Dartmouth
École des Beaux-Marais, Porters Lake
École Beaubassin, Halifax
École du Carrefour, Dartmouth
École du Grand-Portage, Lower Sackville
École Mer et Monde, Halifax
École secondaire du Sommet, Halifax
École secondaire Mosaïque, Dartmouth
Enfield District Elementary, Enfield
Elmsdale District Elementary, Elmsdale
Hants East Rural High, Milford Station
Maple Ridge Elementary, Lantz
Riverside Education Centre, Milford
Uniacke District School, Mount Uniacke
HRM students who are currently learning at home due to existing closures will continue learning online.
Teachers will follow the curriculum guidelines established for at-home learning, which includes dedicated online teaching time for students. More information on at-home learning is available for parents at https://www.ednet.ns.ca/backtoschool/files-backtoschool/at-home_learning_summary_en.pdf . Additional information for teachers, including the detailed Learning from Home document for educators, can be found at https://curriculum.novascotia.ca/teacher-information .
Mr. Mombourquette said Nova Scotia’s Back to School Plan prepared teachers and staff for at-home learning. The comprehensive plan was developed in consultation with unions and principals and included feedback generated by families related to at-home learning in the spring. Teachers also received a week of professional development in January, which included teaching online.
Families who need additional supports to help during at-home learning will be provided with them and should not hesitate to reach out to their child’s teacher or principal.
The province will continue to monitor in-person schooling outside HRM. In-person schooling remains the best place for children’s social, emotional, physical and mental well-being according to health experts, including Nova Scotia Public Health, Dr. Robert Strang and the IWK Health Centre’s Pediatric Advisory Table.
Remote isn't that bad if the schools are prepared for it we have down it twice here they finally have their shit together enough to do it well..
Looks Ottawa is on the downward trend finally. only 170-190 today i cant remember.
The problem with remote is kind of a selfish one. Parents need to be there and involved. Which unfortunately means one of them has to take time off. Which means loss in income. And for some of us, the government subsidy isn't enough to make up for the loss in income. It's better than nothing, but not enough to keep all families afloat.
Restrictions Added Across Nova Scotia
Health and Wellness / COVID - 19
April 26, 2021 - 3:18 PM
With a new record high number of COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia, tighter restrictions are returning in all areas of the province, Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced today, April 26.
“COVID does not respect municipal borders – and so, we need all Nova Scotians to act accordingly,” said Premier Rankin. “Please adhere to public health measures by staying close to, or at, home, avoid non-essential activities or travel, do not gather, wear a mask and get tested regularly. We’ll get through this together.”
People should avoid travel outside their own community unless it is absolutely necessary such as for school, work, health care, child care, child custody, legal requirements, and family visitation under the purview of the Department of Community Services.
Effective immediately, all school field trips and school-organized activities that bring students from different schools together, such as sports and music, have been stopped.
“We need to limit the virus’s ability to spread by reducing the opportunities for people to come together,” said Dr. Strang. “For the next four weeks, I’m asking everyone to roar back at this virus by hunkering down close to home as much as possible, reducing your contact with other people and getting tested regularly.”
Restrictions announced last week for Halifax Regional Municipality, Hubbards, Milford, Lantz, Elmsdale, Enfield, Mount Uniacke, South Uniacke, Ecum Secum and Trafalgar remain in place.
In all other parts of the province, the following restrictions are effective 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 27, and will remain in effect until at least May 20:
the gathering limit is 10 total, both indoors and outdoors
no social events, special events, festivals, arts/cultural events, sports events, wedding receptions, or funeral visitation or receptions
faith gatherings are limited to 25 per cent of indoor capacity to a maximum of 100 or 150 outdoors, with physical distancing
wedding and funeral ceremonies hosted by a recognized business or organization can have 10 people, plus officiants
maximum of 25 people, with physical distancing and masks, for meetings or training hosted by a recognized business or organization
maximum of 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors for sports practices and training but no games, competitions or tournaments
maximum of 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors for arts and culture rehearsals but no in-person performances
virtual gatherings and performances can be held with a maximum of 25 people in one location, with physical distancing
restaurants and licensed establishments operate at 50 per cent capacity, provide service until 11 p.m. and close for seated service by midnight
Casino Nova Scotia in Sydney, VLTs and First Nations gaming establishments operate at 50 per cent capacity, provide food and beverage service until 11 p.m. and close at midnight
licensed and unlicensed establishments and organized clubs can operate at 50 per cent to host activities such as darts, cards, pool and bowling following their sector plans and guidelines for these activities
retail businesses and malls can operate at 50 per cent capacity and must follow other public health measures
personal services such as hair salons, barber shops and spas can operate but cannot provide any services that require the client to remove their mask
indoor fitness facilities like gyms and yoga studios and sport and recreation facilities like pools, arenas, tennis courts and large multipurpose recreation facilities can operate at 50 per cent capacity
outdoor fitness and recreation businesses and organized clubs can operate with 25 people and physical distancing
maximum 50 people for businesses and organizations offering a wide variety of indoor recreation activities, such as indoor play areas, arcades, climbing facilities, dance classes and music lessons
museums and libraries can operate at 50 per cent capacity
in private indoor workplaces such as offices or warehouses, masks are mandatory in all common areas, places where there is interaction with the public, areas with poor ventilation, and areas where distance cannot be maintained
visitors, volunteers and designated care providers are allowed at long-term care facilities
visitors are allowed at homes licensed by the Department of Community Services under the Homes for Special Care Act and residents can have community access
all adult day programs for persons with disabilities funded by the Department of Community Services are open
all adult day programs for seniors remain closed provincewide
Nova Scotians can find the restrictions that apply in their area at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/county-restrictions/lookup/
People who do not follow the gathering limit can be fined. The fine is now $2,000 for each person at an illegal gathering.
People 55 to 59 Now Eligible to Book Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines
Health and Wellness / COVID - 19
April 26, 2021 - 3:26 PM
Starting today, April 26, people 55 and older can book appointments for Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at clinics across the province.
All community clinics and many participating pharmacies have available appointments for this age group.
AstraZeneca vaccine appointments remain open for people who are 55 to 64 years old.
Appointments for COVID-19 vaccines will be released continuously as vaccine supply is confirmed.
All Nova Scotians are encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they are eligible.
The province’s goal continues to be to immunize as many Nova Scotians as quickly as possible, based on age, to reach a high rate of population immunity.
COVID-19 vaccination appointments must be made online at https://www.novascotia.ca/vaccination or by phone at 1-833-797-7772.
Surprised the school list hasn’t been released for tonight yet. We got an email at 5:10 tonight that our oldest was a close contact of a case at Halifax West last Friday. 14 day isolation and three upcoming tests for her. Hearing another 4 or 5 schools sending emails out again tonight.
This is why schools need to be shut down. Once it’s in this variant is playing around. I understand that it inconveniences parents when schools are closed but with a 2 year old dying in the last couple of weeks in BC, a 14 year old in Ontario yesterday and hearing reports of a 20 year old in ICU here, this is not the same as the first wave. Do you really want to take that chance with your child? And yeah it pisses people off but why is it ok for teachers to risk their health and the health of their families because it inconveniences some? I know that statement is going to to take hate, but teachers are not front line medical workers that know that there is an inherent health risk possible with their jobs. People like to hate on teachers, but would you be willing to go do what they do for 6+ hours a day with no social distancing when school cases are popping up everywhere across HRM now?
Potential exposure to COVID-19 at one location in Northern Zone, two locations in Western Zone, 11 locations in Central Zone, Halifax transit routes and two Air Canada flights
Monday, April 26, 2021 - 09:25PM
Nova Scotia Health Public Health is advising of potential exposure to COVID-19 at one location in the Northern Zone, two locations in the Western Zone, 11 locations in the Central Zone, Halifax transit routes and two Air Canada flights. In addition to media releases, all potential exposure notifications are listed here: http://www.nshealth.ca/covid-exposures.
Anyone who worked at or visited the following locations on the specified dates and times should visit covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. You can also call 811 if you don’t have online access or if you have other symptoms that concern you.
For the following locations, if you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 you do not need to self-isolate while you wait for your test result. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you are required to self-isolate while you wait for your test result.
Starbucks (63 Robie St, Truro) on April 19 and April 20 between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and April 21 between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 5.
Bruce Hyundai (5482 Prospect Rd, New Minas) on April 19 and April 21 between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and April 20 between 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 5.
Sport Chek New Minas (9123 Commercial St, New Minas) on April 22 and April 23 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 7.
Regardless of whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms, those present at the following locations on the named dates and times are required to self-isolate while waiting for their test result. If you get a negative result, you do not need to keep self-isolating. If you get a positive result, you will be contacted by Public Health about what to do next.
Second Cup Portland Street (660 Portland St, Dartmouth) on April 21 between 12 noon and 2 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 5.
Seamus David’s Irish Pub (21 Logiealmond Cl, Dartmouth) on April 21 between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 5.
Habaneros Modern Taco Bar (1551 South Park St, Halifax) on April 21 between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 5.
Gateway Meat Market (667 Main St, Dartmouth) on April 22 between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 6.
Giant Tiger Woodlawn (114 Woodlawn Rd, Dartmouth) on April 22 between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 6.
Superstore Portland Street (650 Portland St, Dartmouth) on April 22 between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 6.
Superstore Braemar (9 Braemar Dr, Dartmouth) on April 22 between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 6.
Fit4Less Dresden Row (1535 Dresden Row, Halifax) on April 22 between 7 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 6.
Gap Halifax Shopping Centre (7001 Mumford Rd, Halifax) on April 23 between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 7.
CrossFit Basinview (9 Symonds Rd, Bedford) on April 24 between 6:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 8.
Superstore Barrington (1075 Barrington St, Halifax) on April 25 between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 9.
Halifax Transit routes:
Route 10 on April 21, April 22 and April 23 traveling from Dartmouth Bridge Terminal towards Westphal between 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m., and from Westphal towards Bridge Terminal between 2:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 7.
Route 10 on April 21 and April 22 travelling from Spring Garden towards Tacoma between 7:45 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and from Tacoma towards Spring Garden between 4:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 6.
Anyone who was on the following flight in the specified rows and seats should visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en to book a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. You can also call 811 if you don’t have online access or if you have other symptoms that concern you.
Air Canada 8780 travelling on April 22 from Montreal (8:20 a.m.) to Halifax (10:45 a.m.). Passengers in rows 22-28, seats C, D and F are asked to immediately visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en to book a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. All other passengers on this flight should continue to self-isolate as required and monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on this flight on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 6.
Air Canada 8782 travelling on April 24 from Montreal (7:10 p.m.) to Halifax (9 p.m.). Passengers in rows 7-13, seats A, C and D are asked to immediately visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en to book a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. All other passengers on this flight should continue to self-isolate as required and monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on this flight on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 8.
It's not an "inconvenience". Kids need the structure. My son does not do well in online learning. He's only 8. My sister's kid is 7 and not doing well in online learning either. Kids need structure. The need routine. They need interaction. They need discipline. I understand the point I think your trying to make... that "they aren't frontline medical staff"; (which in and of itself is an ignorant statement.). They aren't putting themselves in any more of a position of risk than the cashier at Walmart, the folks that bring you food at a restaurant, or the city bus driver, hell, factory workers could potentially interact or have more potential for close contact than a teacher. And frontline workers? They aren't just medical. Firefighters, police, paramedics and hospital workers are all the "frontline" as they are most likely to encounter covid scenarios. Not just medical staff. Where I live btw, teachers get every second Friday off, there salaries start at like $80-90k and raise quite quickly, and they get all summer off. I was really second thinking my career choice when I learned that. Saying they shouldn't be subject to the risk is something I'd second guess saying. The same argument could be made for the folks that sold you your Timmies.
Ah. The ignorant “bash a teacher” time.
I wish teachers were paid more. It’s a job I wouldn’t wish on anyone. Good thing Grifter is mostly worried about losing his feee daycare!
Did you read what I wrote? I defended them! . I didn't exactly heap them with praise, I said it's not extremely risky and kids need them.
My kids also don't get free daycare. I pay $1800/ month in daycare fees for my boys.
But that's fine, lets minimize the benefits of an education and structure and discipline as well as interaction with their friends. Teachers make great money here, which I already pointed out.
I am friends with a high school teacher who's 35 and making 96,000. That's a hell of a lot more than most teachers back home make.
In no way was I shitting on teachers. My oldest son loves school, and doesn't get much out online schooling. I also respect that there's a chance he could contract covid if he goes to school, or teachers could contract covid if they go to their place of work.
But there's every bit as much of a chance if they go to the grocery store they could contract it. Or if they go to a restaurant. Or liquor store, or hardware store. Not all of the teachers want to work from home and sit in front of a laptop. But not all of the folks working at home Depot want to go to work due to the risk. But people need to pay their bills don't they? It's a shitty situation.
And yeah, I also don't want my wife to have to quit her job because they won't pay her to stay home. She doesn't have a ton of vacation banked. Only a few weeks. And if she goes to collect the government fund, we lose out on thousands a month. That's a hard pill to swallow. It took her 6 years of trying to get that job. Or I could quit mine and we lose the majority of our income. But that's fine, cause I don't want to lose my free daycare... Shit dude, I don't post much but my first post in awhile you tried to paint me the ignorant prick? I'm looking at both sides. Sorry I can't be a firefighter who works from home.
Three New Schools Report COVID-19 Cases
Education and Early Childhood Development / COVID - 19
April 26, 2021 - 11:01 PM
Nova Scotia is reporting three new schools with COVID-19 cases connected to them today, April 26.
Sydney Academy in Sydney will remain closed to students until Friday, April 30. A deep cleaning will take place and students will learn from home during the closure. Families will receive an update on Thursday, April 29.
Bedford and Forsyth Education Centres (Bedford campus) and Halifax West High are already moving to at-home learning, as they are located in Halifax Regional Municipality. These schools will also undergo a deep cleaning.
Public health will be in touch with any close contacts of these positive cases and advise of next steps, including testing. Everyone who is a close contact will be notified, tested and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
Out of an abundance of caution, public health is recommending that all students and staff be tested. No self-isolation is required, unless people have been identified as a close contact by public health or have symptoms.
UNB/STU in lockdown, confirmed India variant in Fredericton at the university. Middle school closed due to confirmed case, causing other schools to shut down and buses to halt.
Be a miracle if Fredericton isn't the next hotspot, think I'll keep my ass at home.
Wasn’t directed at you in particular but you are right no different than retail workers who should have more protection than they do. Online learning isn’t ideal, there is no question about that. But there is definite spread within schools at this point and there are at least 31 schools that have had cases in them since last Sunday. The province conveniently did not report on schools until late last night and did not report the new cases at the schools that already had one case earlier this week. There is now evidence that it is spreading within the schools but that information is being withheld for some political reason. The risk did increase quite a bit this past week +.
Closing schools was the best decision they could have made, they should have done it province wide for two weeks as there are schools popping up in Cape Breton currently too
Like I said, it is an inconvenience to parents to have their kids school closed, but it’s getting very tiresome reading the “lazy teachers, teachers getting paid vacation again, who’s going to watch my kid” comments. There are lots of teachers with kids too and are in the same boat. Because people don’t like teachers they should be forced to keep schools open and risk their safety not to mention the safety of the kids sitting in the classes at this point?
Everyone knows teachers are some of the worst human beings out there. Summer off while their relatives are working? I think some risk is in order
Grifter - Your post about teachers was not without criticism, especially the fact that they actually get paid real money for what they do. I’ve heard the rants about what teachers make and then that they get summers off my whole life - my family is full of teachers.
When you consider what they’re do for your kids and how much BS they deal with, how much do you think they should be paid? I’m surprised most of them don’t spend the summer in full time therapy.
Also remember, closing the schools has more to do with general spread of the virus and keeping the adults (ie: the teachers) safe than your own kids getting sick.
Online school sucks. My kids have been doing it for over a year at the high school level. I know kids who have attempted suicide as a result of it. A neighbor up the street’s son hasn’t left the house in 12 months and now s agoraphobia. I’m 100% pro “the risk of having kids in schools outweighs the risks they face mentally in the long term from the isolation of being at home full time.”
But don’t bash on teachers, even a little bit. They earn every $ they make, more than you can even imagine.
My family is like 85% teachers and there's no chance in hell I'd ever be able to do that job. People who complain they make too much money should do the job for a year and then talk shit lol
Hearing 90+ new cases in NS this morning...yikes
Still reasonable and expected imo
Sure...until it's not. People need to be safe and respectful.
I was hoping to travel to NS or PEI this year for a little vacay (not expecting much socialization/activities in crowds)...but I think I'll take another summer and stay my ass at home and contribute to the overpricing of lumber/building supplies. Lots to do around here, plus the fish in the rivers don't have covid...I don't think.
I won't be surprised to see increased numbers daily at least for another week, maybe two before things start to wind down. There's community spread and they are testing a ton of people. Just gotta lay low and let the health measures and testing do what they do. Spring visit might be a write off but summer visit isn't
LOL smart ass
Yup it’s only been a few days since the latest restrictions were put in place. It will take a week or two before we see the benefits. Also testing is insanely higher than last year. Like almost 10x the amount. So even if the numbers are high, stepping back and looking big picture it’s not quite as bad as last year yet. Now if the numbers continue to increase with things and schools shut down, then I’ll worry more
This is better. Cause I was in no way trying to bash teachers. Even said I started to question my choices. I almost went that route as a career before becoming a firefighter.
As an officer in the department, I've had the opportunity to become an instructor and have been teaching firefighting for quite as few years and now am the head of our training department. I get to train all the new recruits and maintain training for our members. I'm in no way saying I'm a teacher, but I do have a taste of that world, and I love it.
I just maintain its no different than anyone else who's still working *outside their home* with the inherent risk.
The state of emergency here is being updated today and I anticipate it's going to be similar to Ontario, lock your doors, shut your windows, stay the blazes home unless it's absolutely necessary. Which, in my opinion is overdue with our cases. I just don't have to like the fact that schools are shut. That's all. I get it. But I don't have to like it. And it's not because it's "free daycare".
I kind of wish they would deploy some troops for testing outside of HRM. Many other parts of the province have very limited testing capacity
Where? I see folks around the province who I know getting testing relatively easily - Truro, Bridgewater, different parts of Cape Breton.
Today's press release
Ninety-six new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, April 27.
Ninety cases are in Central Zone, two cases are in Western Zone, and one case is in Northern Zone.
Three cases are in Eastern Zone, one of which was identified Monday, April 26, at Sydney Academy in Sydney.
One of the cases in Central Zone is a staff member at Clarmar Residential Care Facility, a residential care home in Dartmouth. All residents have been fully vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Due to an increased number of investigations in recent days, the exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or under investigation) is not always available by release time. A breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly. There is community spread in Central Zone. The Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread.
As of today, Nova Scotia has 419 active cases of COVID-19. Eleven people are in hospital, including three who are in ICU.
Nova Scotia Health Authority's labs completed 9,962 Nova Scotia tests on April 26.
As of April 26, 283,591 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 35,002 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.
96/9962 = 0.963% positive rate.
0 recoveries in the past 24 hours.
7,516 doses of vaccine administered.
There are sites but capacity is low. Spots are filling up in CB or it’s a multiple day wait for an appointment. Not saying it’s dire, but other regions could use some extra man power too
No offense guys, but NS does not need the extra effort from the army right now to help with testing. There are plenty of other places in the country in much more dire need in the ICUs.
I'm guessing the 60 members are based here in Halifax. It's not like it's taking from somewhere else.