School and Daycare Closures

Schools

  • New Brunswick schools will not be reopened to students and the school calendar will not be extended.
  • The government is committed to helping students continue their education.
  • All students who were positioned to continue to the next grade level for the 2020-21 school year in January 2020 will do so.
  • The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development released home learning plans and resources on April 2, 2020 for families to support the continuity of learning. Schools in both sectors will be in contact with families to share home learning options.
  • Students between kindergarten and Grade 12 will be asked to dedicate between an hour to two and a half hours a day to completing home learning options, depending upon their grade level.
  • Students of all ages are encouraged to read for a minimum of 30 minutes daily and engage in 30 minutes of physical activity daily.
  • Parents are not asked to recreate a classroom in their home or take on the full role of a teacher. Their key responsibility is to encourage students to complete the provided material and continue learning.
  • More information on assessments, report cards and delivery plan outlines are available in the continuity of learning plans for the anglophone and francophone sectors.
  • All Grade 12 students who, as of January 2020, were on track to graduate in June 2020 will graduate on time and receive a New Brunswick high school diploma.
  • Decisions on graduation ceremonies and other graduation events will be made in the coming weeks, based on direction from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
  • The government will work with post-secondary institutions to ensure this crisis does not prevent students from being eligible for admission to post-secondary studies in the upcoming school year.

 

Daycare

  • In response to the decision to close daycares, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Education has developed a response plan to support essential workers across the province and ensure childcare.
  • Information for essential service workers will be available through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s Parent Portal or by calling 1-833-221-9339.
  • Facilities operating to support essential service works will follow the advice set out by the Chief Medical Officer, including reduced group sizes, and social distancing. In addition, they will continue to follow strict health and safety directives.
  • We continue to ask New Brunswickers to come together and support one another. Families, neighbours, and friends who are not in high risk categories are encouraged to work together to ensure childcare options are available for our essential services workers.