May 27, 2022

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Back to school | Classroom masks are mandatory in nine areas

Back to school |  Classroom masks are mandatory in nine areas

Education Minister Jean-Franకోois Roberz confirmed at a news conference Tuesday afternoon that students in nine areas of Quebec are required to wear a mask in class.

Louis Ledac

Louis Ledac

Affected students are Center-du-Quebec, Estre, Lanaudier, Laurentides, Laval, Marisi, Montarigi, Montreal Island and the Outlaws.

Minister Roberg said “common sense applies when repressive heat occurs” and that even in these areas, especially on hot days, the mask can be removed, and schools are rarely air-conditioned.

Depending on what the public health finds on the re-entry, the mask-wearing instructions vary, adding areas or removing them if the delta variant has caused less destruction than expected.

If the Quebec area is not affected by the mandatory mask in class, it is “not enough virus, not enough incidence”.

How exactly are the areas where masks should be worn in schools determined? DR Horacio Arruda, National Director of Public Health, did not respond at a specific rate. He said it would almost certainly be in line with the old yellow range, but the immunization coverage and hospital capacity of each area would also be taken into account in making the decision.

DR Aruda says there is actually no question of subdividing areas to take into account, for example, COVID-19 is very low in some barracks in Montreal.

As Tap Revealed Tuesday morning, Quebec is also relying heavily on rapid test expansion. They are unique in areas where citizens are less vaccinated. However, even where tests are held at the school, this will not be done until the parents give their permission. We will focus as much as possible on less painful tests for children such as saliva.

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Le ministre Roberge a témoigné sa reconnaissance au personnel d’avoir permis au gouvernement « de garder nos enfants à l’école [au printemps] More than other countries. ”

“We want health measures to be preventive, they are temporary to promote learning and the well-being of staff and everyone,” Mr. Roberz insisted.

In the event that the wearing of the mask is prevalent in the school where it is in force, only the affected person will be removed from the school. Contact cases will be tested from day 3, but they can stay in class.

In areas where the mask is not mandatory, after the COVID-19 case, students and staff will be required to wear the mask and again, only the affected person will be removed first.

“We are ready to come back to school wisely, allowing our young people to learn in class, individually, with the schools,” Mr. Roberz said.

Vaccination campaigns continue in school. To date, nearly 77% of high school teens have received their two doses or received an appointment, according to National Public Health Director Dr.R Horacio Aruda.

Education Minister Isabelle Charest confirmed that young people can resume extracurricular activities. “Measures will be put in place to properly protect young people.”

In elementary school, extracurricular, physical and athletic activities continue. However, students may be temporarily excluded from their extracurricular activities, especially if they are involved in a COVID-19 case at school.

In high school, a vaccination passport is required to practice certain physical and sports activities as part of the curriculum. Vaccine passports are also required to participate in games or inter-school competitions in the case of specialized sports programs and sports-study programs.

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Outside, physical or sporting activities that require a vaccine passport can be associated with frequent or prolonged exposure. In addition, all indoor physical or sporting activities are covered by the vaccine passport.

Minister Jean-Franకోois Roberz argued that these suggestions did not come too late, that schools would not have class bubbles from June, that there would be no restrictions on children in school transport, and that young people would initially be in the classroom. School year. But for the rest, he said, we would have to wait to see what the epidemiological condition would be at the time of re-entry.