In less than two weeks, children in Quebec will feel normal in the classroom for the first time in three years. There are no mandatory public health measures to tackle COVID. Some worry that low immunization rates, lack of ventilation, and lack of masking could mean unpleasant surprises this fall. We look forward to returning to a school year that is hopefully complete and safe," said St. Monica Elementary School Principal Peter McKelvey.
Quebec's education minister says the school is poised for a successful return. The ministry says every classroom in Quebec has an air quality reader, but Olivier Drouin, founder of Covid Ecoles Quebec, said he was pleased the ministry's efforts were good enough. not.
"Only about 1,500 or 1,400 of them have air exchangers, so he's less than 2% of the total number of classes," he told his Global News.
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Drouin says CO2 detectors only measure the scale of the problem. Instead, he says the government should reconsider buying air purifiers to prevent the spread of COVID. There were two to three times as many outbreaks compared to the previous year," Drouin said.
School conditions this fall are positive for COVID-19.
"I'm not going to be a Debbie Downer, but if it's introduced into a classroom, it could spread," he said.
Dr. Rubin says students' lack of vaccine protection can be balanced against children with some immunity. Masks aren't required, but be prepared for mask changes he says there is a need.
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"If a new variant emerges and causes a massive infection, I think we need to change it," he said.
Montreal's English School Boards, such as the English Montreal School Board, Lester B. Pearson School Board, and Sir Wilfrid His Laurier School Board, respect students if they wish to wear them. It says it will.
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"Our top priority, as always, is the health and safety of all students and staff. to do,' said Sir Wilfred Laurier School. Paolo Galati, President.
English and French schools are understaffed. The Ministry of Education has said 700 of his employees are missing, and Heidi Yetman, president of the Quebec Teachers Association, claims the number may be lower than it actually is.
"I think the biggest problem with staff shortages is that there aren't enough teachers to replace teachers who are on maternity leave or sick," Yetman said.
As time passes, yetman says teachers have mixed emotions as they prepare to ring the school bell again.
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