Dear NSISP Agent:
Greetings from Nova Scotia. As we head into another a month of social distancing, I would like to thank you for your continued support, patience, and understanding. Fighting COVID-19 has become something we could not have imagined even a few short weeks ago.
On April 28, 2020 the Province of Nova Scotia announced our public schools will remain closed until May 19, 2020. What this means for our students, both international and Nova Scotian, is they will continue their studies through Nova Scotia’s Learning Continuity Plan. As with the earlier closure for the month of April, the details remain the same - international students will be supported to complete their courses using whatever remote strategies are available. Therefore, students who wish to return home but were worried this may impact their education can be assured they can complete their year and receive credits from their home country.
We will continue to provide the best possible services to our students under the current circumstances with the health and safety of our students, staff, and host families guiding our decisions in the coming weeks and months.
Our advice remains for students to stay in Nova Scotia unless they have a secure and direct route home. Ultimately, the final decision is up to the natural parents of our international students. On that note, if agents are booking flights home for their students we ask you to proceed with the understanding once the student is through security at the airport in Nova Scotia we are not able to assist students if their flights are cancelled or delayed. Please be careful when making plans as there has been a great deal of disruption to flights and most international flights offered by Air Canada have been reduced effective April 01, 2020.
We continue to update a frequently asked questions sheet for our stakeholders and it can be accessed here: https://nsisp.ca/sites/default/files/nsisp_covid_19_faq.pdf.
Executive Director, NSISP