The policy change was announced by Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of health, in a briefing on Friday. Schools in Halifax and Sydney, which continue to have a relatively high number of new active cases of COVID-19 and to spread in the community, will continue to offer home learning.
Rankin said exceptions will be made for students with very complex needs in the Halifax Regional Municipality and Sydney. A press release from the province says school officials will contact the families of these children to provide details on resuming in-person classes on June 2.
“We know that face-to-face teaching is best for kids, and because Nova Scotians follow the rules, we can safely reopen schools for many of our students,” Rankin said.
In schools that reopen their doors to face-to-face lessons, school teams will be allowed to train inside the school. Gymnasiums in schools across the province will remain closed for community use.
The daycare regains its capacity to 100%
It was also announced during the briefing that licensed daycares and family daycares across the province could return to 100% capacity starting Wednesday.
Families can choose to continue to keep their children out of daycare and their place will be reserved until June 30 without paying a fee. Their space will not be held after this date unless a fee is paid.
Describing the decision to resume in-person classes as “a headache,” Paul Wozney, president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, told CBC News that the two-tier approach was going to cause “headaches. to the mass system ”.
“It’s going to pit family and students against teachers across the province,” Wozney said.
“The teachers finally figured out how they were going to do the final assessments… and now is it all going to go away because you are learning in person? “
The province has released a list of schools in the Halifax Regional Municipality and Sydney that will continue online learning.