Students returning to school in September will be able to participate in the full range of learning and wellbeing activities, including small group instruction, music, clubs, sports and field trips.
“It’s an exciting time of year for students, especially now with the return of extracurricular activities that are so essential to the educational experience. As always, we make the safety and health of our students and staff our top priority and we will remain in close contact with public health,” said Becky Druhan, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development. childhood. “We finished strong in June and plan to pick up where we left off.”
In consultation with Public Health, the province continues to encourage schools, staff and students to adopt healthy habits, including getting vaccinated, staying home when unwell, sanitizing hands and frequently touched surfaces and create a supportive environment for those who decide to wear a mask.
Schools will continue to make hand sanitizer and masks available for those who choose to wear them. Frequently touched surfaces will also continue to be cleaned regularly.
To help teachers and administrators renew their focus on student well-being and success, each school will receive more than $5,000 again this year through a Healthy Living Grant, money that boards advisors and principals can use to support physical and mental health activities or cultural awareness. Activities. Outdoor learning will be encouraged and enhanced online materials will be available for math, reading and writing.
A new physical activity framework is set to roll out this year to encourage students and staff to eat healthy and become more active, as well as continue to maximize learning opportunities in areas like outdoor learning. and summer literacy programs.