2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Last Updated - April 9, 2020 - 11:55 AM - Please refresh your browser to ensure you have the latest version.
The situation with COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. The NSTU will provide information and advice to members as it becomes available. NSTU members who have concerns about COVID-19 should visit this page regularly for updates.
NSTU Communications to Members
- Email from President - April 2, 2020
- Email from President - April 1, 2020 - Fake EECD Message
- Email from President - March 31, 2020 - Learning Continuity Plan Update
- Video from President - March 27, 2020
- Video from President - March 24, 2020
- Memo - March 22, 2020 - Access to Schools - March 23 - 27, 2020 (COVID-19) (en Francais)
- Coronavirus Update - March 21, 2020
- Email from President - March 20, 2020 - What to Expect After March Break
- Email from Executive Director - March 18, 2020 - Update
- Group Insurance Update - March 18, 2020 (en Francais)
- Information for Substitute Teachers
- en Français (merci au ministère de l'Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance d'avoir traduit la note de service en anglais)
- Frequently Asked Questions - School Closures due to COVID-19
- Email from President - March 16, 2020
- Memo - March 16, 2020 - School Closures (COVID-19) (en Francais)
- Memo - March 11, 2020 - Absences Due to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (en Francais)
- NSTU Office Closure Information
Information for Substitute Teachers
- On March 18, 2020, the Federal government announced a number of supports for Canadians that may be of interest to substitute teachers:
- Individuals in imposed quarantine that claim Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits will have the 1-week waiting period waived (effective March 15, 2020).
- Waiving of the requirement for a medical certificate to access EI sickness benefits.
- A new Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
- This benefit replaces the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit.
- Provides a taxable benefit of $2000 per month for up to 4 months for workers:
- who reside in Canada and are at least 15 years old;
- who have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits;
- who had income of at least $5000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
- who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment income.
- The income of $5000 may be from any or a combination of the following sources:
- maternity/parental benefits under the Employment Insurance program.
- This benefit is only available to individuals who stopped work as a result of reasons related to COVID-19. If you are looking for a job but haven't stopped working because of COVID-19, you are not eligible for this benefit.
- Applications will begin to be accepted on Monday, April 6, 2020. To manage the volume of applications anticipated, applications will be accepted on different days of the week based on the applicant's birth month:
- Birth Month of January, February, or March, apply for CERB on Mondays with the best day to apply being April 6
- Birth Month of April, May, or June, apply for CERB on Tuesdays with the best day to apply being April 7
- Birth Month of July, August, or September, apply for CERB on Wednesdays with the best day to apply being April 8
- Birth Month of October, November, or December, apply for CERB on Thursdays with the best day to apply being April 9
- Anyone can apply on Friday, Saturdays, or Sundays
- Employment and Social Development Canada - EI Coronavirus Information
- Substitute teachers should contact Service Canada directly (1-833-381-2725 (toll-free)) if they have questions regarding EI eligibility
- Long term substitute teachers (teachers who had reached 18 days consecutive service prior to the school closure) will continue to be paid during the closure.
- Substitute teachers who require a Record of Employment (ROE) should contact the RCE/School Board(s) for which they substituted to request the ROE. Please keep in mind, regional staff will be receiving many requests so there may be a wait time.
*UPDATE - March 19, 2020* - The NSTU has been advised that education entities are working to ensure that Records of Employment (ROEs) are processed for those requiring them (including substitute teachers) who have worked during the 2019/20 school year and who will not be receiving income from their education entity during the closure period. For substitute teachers who last worked between September 1 to March 6, 2020, ROE’s will be issued after the March 19th pay date. For substitute teachers who worked the week of March 9 - 13, 2020, ROEs will be processed after the April 2nd pay is processed. Employees do not need to contact their entities payroll departments to have a ROE issued. We understand that education entities will be posting additional information specific to their entity.
- NS students tt back to learning, even if they can't go back to school - April 7, 2020
- Paul Wozney speaks to the Rick Howe Show - April 3, 2020 (Starts at the midway point)
- NSTU prepare for distance learning plan: ‘We have no road map for what we’re dealing with’
- Information Morning - Cape Breton with Steve Sutherland - April 1, 2020: A Cape Breton educator talks about the challenge ahead
- Nova Scotia rolls out plan for teacher-assisted home learning
- COVID-19 means plan for N.S. students will constantly evolve, NSTU says
- Nova Scotia’s learning plan released (Story runs from 6:52 to 7:51)
- Paul Wozney speaks to the Sheldon MacLeod Show (Starts at 31min 50 sec mark)
- With classrooms closed, teachers search for positive ways to connect with isolated students
- Paul Wozney speaks to the Todd Veinotte Show, March 29
- No internet access: Connecting with kids who aren’t online during COVID-19
- How NS Teachers are supporting Students. CBC Mainstreet, March 27
- Grade 12 students worry COVID-19 could cancel school year and derail post-secondary plans
- Plan for Nova Scotia students, teachers to be released soon
- Nova Scotians should be prepared for schools to remain closed beyond April 3
- Decision on when to reopen Nova Scotia schools coming soon
- Keep schools closed after March break, teachers union president says
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