District Monitoring Ongoing Coronavirus Situation
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is in regular contact with the Department of Health and Community Service and relevant public health agencies as the situation surrounding COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) evolves. As with all matters of public health, the District will continue to take guidance from the Provincial Government and public health authorities in supporting our school communities.

Information on COVID-19 and its impact is available from the following resources:

PLEASE NOTE: As of Tuesday, March 17, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, in consultation with the District and the Chief Medical Officer of Health have suspended all in-school class instruction throughout District schools. This suspension will continue for an indefinite period, as part of province-wide efforts to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus. Further information can be found in the public releases shared below


The federal and provincial governments are advising that it is important for all travellers to:

  • Self-isolate for 14 days after your return from travel outside of Canada (some provinces and territories may have specific recommendations for certain groups such as health care workers)
  • Monitor your health for fever, cough or difficulty breathing
  • Wash your hands often for 20 seconds and cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing.
Health officials advise that the public health risks will continue to be reassessed based on the best available evidence as the situation evolves.

As of its March 25 update to select school communities, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District has determined that, due to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases internationally and in Canada, travel outside the province poses an unacceptable risk to its students at this time. Therefore, the District has cancelled all school trips scheduled to depart up to and including the end of the 2019-20 school year. Notice was provided to select schools where student travel is scheduled for this year. New information and subsequent travel advisories may cause the District to evaluate other trips scheduled beyond this school year, as the global situation continues to unfold.

Earlier in March, the District cancelled all international travel booked to the end of April 2020. The March 25 decision further extends this cancellation to all student travel to the end of the 2019-20 school year.

The health, safety and well-being of staff, students and chaperones continues to be the District's top priority. The District will provide timely information to families through their respective schools, as this information becomes available.

Any questions regarding your child's travel scheduled travel should be directed to the school trip organizer.

Please note: These trips are organized by third party educational travel companies. The District works with the travel company involved on any issues that may arise, including any concerns respecting the chosen destination(s). The District expects all travel companies involved in school travel to monitor and follow the Government of Canada's travel advisories and to modify itineraries or cancel trips as necessary. The Federal Government's travel advisories are available at https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.
School communities and families are encouraged to review the following information from provincial public health authorities:

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

Preventive actions to help avoid the spread of respiratory viruses, particularly in cold and flu seasons, can be helpful in avoiding sickness.

Public health authorities advise the following:
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer in the absence of soap and water.
  • Avoiding contact with people who are sick
  • Practising proper cough and sneeze etiquette. Cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing and sneezing and immediately dispose of used tissues in the trash.
  • Staying at home if you are sick
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas such as toilets, bedside tables and door handles with diluted bleach or a regular household cleaner.
If you are travelling to an area known to have cases of coronavirus, be sure to avoid:
  • High-risk areas such as farms, live animal markets and areas where animals may be slaughtered
  • Contact with animals (alive or dead), including pigs, chickens, ducks and wild birds
  • Surfaces with animal droppings or secretions on them
We encourage you to review credible health information from legitimate sources and discuss with your school-aged children the practice of good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, both of which are key to reducing transmission of COVID-19 as well as other viruses.
The District's Human Resource Division is continuing to monitor email and provide responses as soon as possible during this service interruption, including ongoing or closed job competitions.

Feel free to make contact with any of the following regional HR offices:

  • The Visible Learning Conference by Corwin, scheduled for April 28 - 29, 2020 has been cancelled. For follow-up please contact scottlinehan@nlesd.ca.
  • Be Cool for Autism by Autism Society NL, scheduled for April 2, 2020 has been postponed to October 2020. For follow-up please contact info@autism.nf.net

Below is a global Coronavirus Covid-19 map displaying current data from all over the world.

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