Students and teachers will return to "near normal" in schools next fall, said Public Health Director Horacio Arruda
In September at school, "things will be slightly different" from what they were before, said the strategic medical advisor at the Directorate General of Public Health of the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS), Dr Richard Massé. "In most places, students will be able to attend class full time, which is very important for learning. But at the same time, there will be differences in the movements of groups and within the same groups, "said Dr Massé. "It won't be exactly the same [as before], but things can change," added Horacio Arruda.
Minister of Education and Higher Education Jean-François Roberge will present the return-to-school scenario favored by Quebec tomorrow
Two scenarios were still on the table: a part-time return or a full-time return.
The announcements made by Public Health was to give an overview of the composition of classes this fall.
Children 16 and under are now recommended to be one meter apart, but the two meters remain between children and teachers, and between teachers.
“The creation of bubbles, or small groups, of four to six children or young people. In areas where back to school has been done in the past few weeks, the news is very good so far. "said Dr. Arruda, noting that no child has been severely affected by COVID-19. These bubbles, he said, will facilitate investigation in the event that COVID-19 is contracted into a school.
"There are going to be times when it will be less than a meter," said Doctor Horacio Arruda. He explained that there would be small groups of four or five children inside the classrooms where the children could "touch each other, play with the same equipment".
In secondary school, the students will stay in the same group as often as possible, a solution proposed by certain players in the school network.
"In schools, when we talk about creating bubbles, we don't want the bubbles to change all the time, because we would be exposing the children and teachers continuously" said the strategic medical advisor at the General Directorate of Public Health of the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS), Dr Richard Massé.