Back to school update

Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Zach Churchill and chief medical officer of health, Dr. Strang have announced more details of the back to school plan and have identified one new case of COVID-19. See highlights below: 
  • Students in grades 4-12 will be expected to wear non-medical masks while at school except at desks and only if they’re two metres apart.
  • All students and staff will receive two free cloth masks and disposable masks will be available if the student forgets or loses their mask during the school day.
  • Before and after school programs such as Excel will be offered in accordance with public health guidelines. Planning is underway and the program will be communicating with families soon.
  • A return-to-school sports schedule and protocols within public health guidelines are in the final stage and will be communicated to schools by the Nova Scotia Athletic Federation.
  • Principals will reach out to families with specific information about their schools starting on August 24.
  • Resources for families and students including videos and photos of inside the schools are available on the Nova Scotia Government website.
  • Nova Scotia government is investing an additional $40 million to provide more teachers, cleaners and student supplies. 


As of Aug. 20, Nova Scotia has six active cases of COVID-19. 

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair has announced that the Canada-U.S. border will remain closed for non-essential travel until September 21.