COVID-19: Quebec students to wear masks in school hallways this fall, but not in class

Quebec students will have to wear a mask on school buses and in common areas but not in classrooms or outside as they head back to class in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, the province’s education minister said Wednesday.

Jean-François Roberge laid out the details for measures in elementary and high schools as the academic year looms and novel coronavirus cases continue to rise.

“We’ve been preparing for several months,” he said.

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There will be no class bubbles this time, unlike last year, according to Roberge.

The long-awaited plan for the education network comes as Quebec reported a surge in new infections, with 365 new cases Wednesday.

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The back-to-school framework also also comes one day after the province revealed how its vaccination passport system will work to access non-essential services starting in September. Health Minister Christian Dubé warned that a fourth wave of the health crisis is “inevitable.”

More to come.

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