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

COVID-19: education and childcare

All Nova Scotia public schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year. Formal learning will end on 5 June 2020. Licensed childcare across the province can reopen 15 June.

Public schools

Closures and cancellations

Schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year. Formal at-home and online learning will end 5 June 2020.

All tests and exams are cancelled. This includes provincial assessments, Nova Scotia Exams, final exams in all courses, Diplôme d'Études en Langue Française (DELF) exams and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.

Student progress

Students won’t be penalized because of COVID-19. All students who were on track to move to the next grade level will still move to their next grade on time.

Licensed childcare

Licensed childcare centres (daycare facilities) and family daycare homes under a family home daycare agency (childcare providers) can reopen 15 June 2020.

Childcare centres can reopen at 50% capacity. They can scale up to full capacity if they can meet Public Health’s COVID-19 guidelines for childcare settings. Family daycare homes can reopen at full capacity.

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, as they increase their capacity from 50%.

Day camps

Summer day camps can operate under certain restrictions. Day camps can have up to 10 campers in each individual camp group within the camp. They need to follow the Health Protection Act Order and the Day Camp Guidelines from Public Health (PDF 124KB).