Updated Education Bulletin published for reopening Schools

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Yellowknife — August 24, 2020

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) has published an Education Bulletin for the 2020-2021 school year that provides additional information on safety procedures, such as COVID-19 screening processes, wearing masks, and physical distancing, including information on how learning approaches may be required to shift, based on the evolving COVID-19 situation in the Northwest Territories.

The Education Bulletin highlights different challenges and concerns that could possibly arise in the process of returning to school and throughout the school year, with a focus on what the new learning experience will look like and what new processes with be implemented under the direction of the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO).

The Bulletin also outlines specific areas of student support and wellness. Providing support to students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic remains a high priority to ECE, educators and childcare professionals and is a concern that is taken very seriously. Therefore, all students and education staff will be eligible to access counseling services.


“As we begin the 2020-2021 school year, the health, safety and wellbeing of students and educators remains a top priority.  We have worked extensively with education bodies and the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer to implement best practices within our plans for re-opening schools that support an effective learning environment as well as the safety of our students, staff and communities.”

- R.J. Simpson, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

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