Coronavirus: Quebec students in English schools head back to class

Quebec’s largest English language public school board is holding its first day of classes this morning amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The English Montreal School Board says it will closely follow COVID-19 guidelines set by the provincial government.

That means students under Grade 5 are not required to wear face masks, while older students will be required to wear them in common areas and on school transportation.

Students will still be able to take the bus to school, but health and safety guidelines only permit 44 students per school bus instead of the typical 72.

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The board also asks for parents to drive or walk their children to school if they can.

In a newsletter to parents, the board says it has ordered medical equipment such as masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant in “large quantities” for students.

The school board says it will not accept donations of personal protective equipment in order to “maintain the control and quality.”

Other English school boards, including Lester B. Pearson, Eastern Townships and Riverside, will also reopen their schools this week.

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