Carta de Paul Millman, director del programa internacional de Nova Scotia (NSISP)
As the situation with COVID-19 continues to unfold around the world we would like to take the opportunity to update you from the NSISP. This has been an evolving and challenging time and we are all working together to ensure the best interests of our students, families, schools, staff, and communities remain our number one priority. As one of our long-term partners phrased it recently, "We are all in the same boat and we need to work together to get through this difficult period."
Public health officials are working closely with colleagues across the country, and partners here in Nova Scotia, to prepare and respond to the increased likelihood of more COVID-19 infections in Canada. For the latest information and updates, please visit:
Earlier this week, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer said Canadian schools have a critical role to play in slowing the potential spread of COVID-19. To that end, our Regional Centres for Education are reviewing system pandemic and business continuity plans to support the province under a variety of emergency scenarios that may arise.
They are also working closely with public health officials and actively communicating to students the importance of frequent hand washing and other good hygiene methods. Students who have travelled outside of Canada must self-isolate for 14 days before returning to school.
We understand COVID-19 has caused a disruption to our partners and families of our students during this period and there is a lot of uncertainty about what will happen in the next six months. We want to provide as much clarity on questions you may have at this time and have created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) template to provide some clarity on our approach to some operational and financial-based questions moving forward:
Of perhaps most importantly, we would like to confirm any NSISP student who may contract COVID-19 would be covered under our current medical insurance provided they did not contract the virus prior to arriving in Nova Scotia to begin the program.
We expect we will be in close contact with many of you in the coming weeks and months as we work through this global pandemic. In closing, I would like to assure you we have a strong and well-communicated plan in Nova Scotian schools and communities and we will operate with an abundance of care and caution for all of our international students as we continue our daily lives.
Executive Director, NSISP