Monday, January 17, 2022

Quebec confirms students will return to class on Monday

Premier François Legault confirmed the news in a Facebook post on Wednesday evening.

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Quebec Premier François Legault announced Wednesday night that the province has received the green light from its public health department to reopen schools by Monday.

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“Good news! The Department of Public Health is in favor of reopening primary and high schools as planned from next Monday,” Legault wrote on Twitter and Facebook. “CEGEP and universities will also be able to return in person and we will help them.” Will allow a certain margin to adjust (for the sake of reality).”

This recommendation was apparently one of the first actions taken by Dr. Luc Boileau, who replaced Horacio Aruda as Quebec’s national director of public health.

Legault wrote, “It is very important for children to return to school, to learn, to be back with their friends, to find a certain commonality.” He said that most children are not at high risk of health issues related to COVID-19, but isolation and delays in education can cause serious problems.

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“We know we have to adjust in the first few days, but we’ve already done that.”

Legault said higher education institutions would also be allowed to return, although the Montreal-area CEGEP and universities had already announced they would delay their return to classroom or distance learning for at least the first week or two. will implement.

Legault reported that 89 percent of high school students are immunized with two doses of the vaccine, while 60 percent of elementary school students have already received their first dose, “and their immune response is much stronger at their age.” Is.” As for teachers, they are all eligible to administer their third dose.

Legault said schools would be equipped with rapid test kits, and all students and school personnel would be wearing masks. He expects positive results.

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“It will go well and the kids will have their joie de vivre once again,” Legault wrote. “We give it to our kids.”

Last week, Education Minister Jean-François Robert said the province would prepare to reopen primary schools by more rapidly distributing tests – a total of 7.2 million by February – and providing more masks for students and personnel. Some 50,000 carbon dioxide detectors will also be added to the orbits to help gauge ventilatory levels.

But since that time, pressure has mounted on the government – from unions, teachers and parents – to either postpone the reopening or to address some of the issues that have plagued schools with the outbreak.

Professor Dr Simona Bignami from the Université de Montréal, who has studied transmission in schools during previous waves, said: “Right now, despite school closures, the health network cannot handle the increase in cases that is predicted. ” Montreal Gazette this week.

In an open letter published Tuesday in La Presse, more than a dozen doctors said the government needed to put in place a clear plan for managing the risks from reopening.

While they all agreed that children need to return to class as soon as possible for the well-being of both students and their parents, they said that this cannot be done in a way that affects the hospital’s network. And risk being burdened.

Jesse Faith of the Montreal Gazette contributed to this report.

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