Most stu­dents in Alta. must wear masks

Times Colonist - - Canada -

ED­MON­TON — The Al­berta gov­ern­ment says it will fol­low the lead of On­tario, Que­bec and Nova Sco­tia and make wear­ing masks manda­tory for most stu­dents and staff when schools re­open in September.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Adriana La­Grange an­nounced Tues­day that stu­dents be­tween Grades 4 to 12 and all staff will have to wear masks in com­mon ar­eas, hall­ways and on buses.

“Emerg­ing ev­i­dence has made it clear that masks can play an im­por­tant role in lim­it­ing the spread of COVID-19 in our schools,” she said at a news con­fer­ence in Ed­mon­ton.

Chil­dren will not have to wear masks when sit­ting in class at a safe dis­tance from oth­ers. Masks will be op­tional for younger stu­dents.

“This is be­cause mask use for younger chil­dren is a chal­lenge due to dif­fi­cul­ties with proper fit and com­pli­ance,” La­Grange said. More than 1.6 mil­lion re­us­able masks will be pro­vided to 740,000 stu­dents and 90,000 staff.

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