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NL aims to bring back students on January 24. CBC News

The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Education aims to allow students to return to class on January 24. A live briefing is scheduled for NT at 2:30 p.m. (Francis Ferland / CBC)

The Newfoundland and Labrador government is aiming to have all children back in classes by the end of January, and will require students, teachers and staff to use COVID-19 rapid testing.

In a news release sent out Thursday afternoon, the government said the target date for a return to in-class instruction is Monday, January 24.

This includes students from both English and French school districts.

The Department of Education will work with Public Health to monitor risk levels and confirm a return date on January 19, the release said.

While rapid tests will be given to families and staff once the return date is fixed, distribution to schools is already underway, the release said. In the coming days, information about how to use the kit will be given by the schools.

Before returning to class, all students, teachers and school staff across the province will be required to take two tests at home, spaced approximately 72 hours apart. For example, if classes resume on January 24, the exam will be held on January 21 and January 24 morning.

According to a fact sheet released by the government, each person will receive a kit of five tests. Two tests will be used before returning to class, two will be used to test if a person starts showing COVID-19 symptoms once classes resume, and in case of invalid result of the previous test A fifth swab can be used in

Students, staff or teachers can return to class with two negative tests, but must follow public health guidelines if they test positive. Students can return to class when symptoms improve and a negative test is provided.

Education Minister Tom Osborne will hold a media briefing at 2:30 p.m. NT with English School District CEO Tony Stack and Medical Consultant Dr. Rosanne Sevier.

The briefing will be streamed live on this page and on CBC Radio One as well as on the provincial government’s social media and YouTube channels.

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Fury, sharing details of the plan during Wednesday’s provincial COVID-19 briefing, said his family has experienced for the first time the difficulties that can come with online learning, such as students having to learn from their classmates. and teachers are facing additional stress. ,

NL aims to bring back students on January 24. CBC News
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Fury says the province is working on a plan for students to return to the classroom when it is safe to do so. (Government of Newfoundland and Labrador)

“I know distance learning is not ideal, but we want to make sure that going back can be done safely and effectively,” he said. “With this latest version still making an impact here, it can be tough.”

Most students have been learning remotely since the start of the winter term, and Osborne says the decision is being reviewed every week.

“The safety of children and teachers should be a top priority,” said Furey.

Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador

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