FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government has announced that teachers will begin to return to schools as early as June 1.

“As restrictions are easing, public health and safety remains our top priority,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “At this time, we are confident that districts, following the advice of Public Health, will be able to safely allow school staff access to facilities to complete their work for the school year.”

Schools will not reopen to students and the school calendar will not be extended.

The coming weeks will allow staff and teachers to complete any outstanding tasks for the school year, including finalizing home learning options, participating in professional development opportunities, and preparing for the next school year.

These returns to school may be staggered or based on schedules or shifts, depending on the school or district. Each district will be responsible for developing and communicating their return-to-work policy for staff, including providing orientation. The final day of work for teachers will be June 23.

“Over the past few months, educators and school and district staff have been working hard behind the scenes,” said Cardy. “They have been busy adapting to this new reality while ensuring students have the opportunity to develop and grow. I want to thank educators, students and families for their excellent work and dedication in pursuing home-learning options and helping us flatten the curve.”