1. Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
  2. Education and childcare

COVID-19: education and childcare

Information about public schools and childcare during COVID-19.

Public schools

Back to school plan

All students in public schools will start back to school in September 2020 with full-time, in-school learning.

A Back to School Plan has been developed to provide guidelines for Nova Scotia’s public education system during the 2020 to 2021 school year.

The plan was created with direction from Public Health, IWK Health Centre and the Provincial Pediatric Advisory Group. Feedback was also provided by teachers, union and education partners and survey responses from more than 28,000 families and students about at-home learning during the pandemic. 

Licensed childcare

Public Health has developed COVID-19 guidelines for childcare settings. All facilities and providers need to use these guidelines to develop and follow their own site-specific plan to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Families won’t be required to pay fees if they can’t access their childcare space or if they are not ready to return. Families are encouraged to talk to their providers about when they plan to re-enroll their children.

Government will give operators funding on a sliding scale to cover unused spaces until September 2020, as they increase their capacity from 50%.