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Nova Scotia extends holiday break for public schools

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WATCH: Out of an "abundance of caution," the Nova Scotia government has extended the holiday break for schools, ending classes on Dec. 18 and starting them up again on Jan. 11. As Elizabeth McSheffrey reports, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union is applauding the much-needed break, citing student and staff exhaustion. – Dec 11, 2020

Nova Scotia announced Friday that public school students will have an extended holiday break “out of an abundance of caution.”

According to the province, the last day of classes will be Dec. 18 and classes resume Jan. 11.

In the meantime, school-based staff will be returning to schools on Jan. 4 for five days of professional learning.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we are extending the holiday break. We have seen COVID-19 cases rise in other provinces after holidays, and there is the potential for the virus to join even small gatherings of family and friends,” Premier Stephen McNeil said in a press release.

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“This precautionary measure will allow us to identify cases before students return to class.”

Read more: Nova Scotia reports 9 new cases of COVID-19, ready to receive Pfizer vaccine

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During the week of Jan. 4, the province said principals, teachers, support staff, specialists and early childhood educators will be in school for professional development.

“We have had a successful school year so far and we want it to continue,” Zach Churchill, minister of education and early childhood development said in the press release.

“By setting aside five days of professional development for staff, we are giving them an opportunity to prepare for the rest of the school year, and to think about how they can support student learning and well-being until the end of June.”

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