From: The Nova Scotia Pediatric Pandemic Advisory Group
We have just passed the two-year anniversary of the first case of COVID-19 in our province. We recognize that this has been two years of anxiety, fear, and frustration for many Nova Scotians, including our children. The lifting of mandated pandemic measures has been a welcome shift for many in our province. However, although case counts and hospitalizations are slowly declining, we acknowledge that they do remain high.
Masking and vaccination have been two of the cornerstones of the pandemic response that are well-proven to be effective in decreasing transmission and severity of COVID-19 infection.
As students return to school after March Break, masking will no longer be required. However, even though it is no longer a requirement, we strongly recommend wearing of masks in the school setting until at least mid-April, at which time the need can be reassessed. Schools, like hospitals, provide an essential service. We need our students and educational staff to be healthy and able to attend so that all can benefit.
Continued masking in schools allows us to:
The reasons to continue in-school masking include:
In addition to continued masking while in school, we recommend:
Finally, it is important to ensure that students are not bullied about whether they do or do not wear a mask. Discuss this with your children. Be kind to one another, and tough on the virus.
NS Pediatric Pandemic Advisory Group:
Dr. Alexa Bagnell (IWK Chief of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)
Dr. Tara Chobotuk (IWK Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Chief of Community Pediatrics- Central Zone)
Dr. Jeannette Comeau (IWK Pediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist and Medical Director, Infection Prevention & Control)
Dr. Joanna Holland (IWK General Pediatrics & Hospital Medicine)
Dr. Katharine Kellock (Community Pediatrician-Sydney)
Dr. Mike Nash (Chief of Pediatrics - Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville)
Dr. Sarah Shea (IWK Developmental Pediatrics)
Dr. Andrew Lynk (IWK Chief of Pediatrics)