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The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District has suspended all extra-curricular activities involving interaction between different school populations until further notice.

That includes regional and provincial sports tournaments, heritage fairs, science fairs, drama festivals, or any activity that sees multiple school populations gathered for showcase events or competition.

CEO Tony Stack said the decision is in the best interest of student health and public safety, and follows the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, who has asked agencies to consider the potential public health implications of large gatherings.

“This is an unfortunate measure but a prudent step the district is taking in an effort to contain the potential community spread of the COVID-19 virus,” Stack said.

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The district is also taking action to limit large gatherings in schools and the potential community spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“Ultimately, we are cancelling all remaining international student travel scheduled up until April 30, 2020, and suspending discretionary activity which would result in non-essential access to schools by outside groups.”

International Student Travel

In light of a federal government recommendation to avoid international travel, the District will begin the process of cancelling all remaining school trips to international destinations scheduled up until April 30, 2020, and potentially beyond.

Professional Learning

District-based professional learning and training for teachers and support staff which involve multiple schools is suspended until further notice. School-based professional learning can continue at this time.

Community Use of Schools

The use of school facilities by outside groups under the Community Use of Schools policy is suspended until further notice. The only exceptions are after-school programs for children already attending a school, and access to public libraries housed within schools.

Meanwhile, as always, if a student or employee is exhibiting flu-like symptoms, they are expected to remain at home.

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