PROV­INCE PLANS FOR ‘NOR­MAL AS POS­SI­BLE’ RETURN TO SCHOOL

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Saskatchew­an is planning to bring stu­dents back to class­rooms un­der con­di­tions “as close to nor­mal as pos­si­ble” and isn’t say­ing much about mask use. The prov­ince has re­leased a plan pro­vid­ing guid­ance to its 27 school di­vi­sions on how to they can safely re­sume classes in September. The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion says there are dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios that could come into ef­fect based on ad­vice from the prov­ince’s chief med­i­cal health of­fi­cer. It says the sce­nario be­ing planned has class­rooms func­tion­ing much like they were be­fore the COVID-19 pan­demic, with ad­di­tional pre­cau­tions. Schools are to have dedicated quar­an­tine ar­eas where symp­to­matic stu­dents can go be­fore they are picked up by par­ents and re­cesses, lunch breaks and classes are to be stag­gered. There will also be in­creased clean­ing. “Mea­sures are to be im­ple­mented to re­duce risk of trans­mis­sion in the class­room,” a gov­ern­ment news re­lease said. Saskatchew­an re­ported 253 ac­tive cases of COVID-19, with nine new ones on Tues­day.

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