Education leaders meet to discuss on-going supports related to COVID-19

Communiqué

Yellowknife — September 17, 2020

Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) Minister R.J. Simpson met via videoconference with Northwest Territories (NWT) Education Leaders, and the NWT Teachers’ Association (NWTTA) on September 15, 2020 to resume in-depth planning for the school year. 

The leaders discussed progress that has been achieved thus far in the school year and planned for further provisions of personal protective equipment and supplies for schools related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The school year started off with a strong emphasis on rolling out plans for managing COVID-19 and now that operations are successfully underway across the Territory, annual business operations are being reviewed on schedule. Updates will be made to the Education Bulletin in the coming weeks to ensure that the most current public health information is available to parents and caregivers about how schools are managing operations impacted by COVID-19.

 

Quotes:

“As we move into the next weeks of education planning and operations, we are working diligently to establish and maintain a sense of normalcy for students and staff.  We are working hard to address any challenges that arise with this unprecedented time and offer support to our education bodies in the North.  I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of the educators and staff who are responsible for such a successful return to school this year in light of the challenges we face.”
-R.J. Simpson, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

 

“Students and staff are happy to be back in their regular learning environments, in light of the additional health and safety requirements.  Students are resilient and are learning the new routines quickly.  Staff are learning and adapting to each new situation with poise.  We continue to work with our colleagues at ECE, the OCPHO and the NWTTA to promote the health and safety of all.  We thank the parents who have been understanding thus far and who continue to work side by side with us to make this school year a successful one.” 
-Simon Cloutier, CSFTNO representing all Education Leaders

 

Related links:

·       Education Bulletin

 

Media Inquiries, Contact:

Jaimee Kepa
Education, Culture and Employment
Government of the Northwest Territories
jaimee_kepa@gov.nt.ca