|Students across Canada returned to class following the holiday break on Monday, with some provinces opting to delay bringing kids back into classrooms amid COVID-19 concerns, while others are resuming in-person instruction right away.
In British Columbia, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has said there was no need to delay school after the holidays and that a task force was working to ensure a safe return. But some B.C. parents remain concerned about sending their kids back to school without more precautions in place to protect against the spread of COVID-19. By noon on Monday, more than 60,000 people had signed a petition calling on the province to pause in-class learning for two weeks.
In Ontario, where thousands of elementary and secondary school students are returning to remote learning on Monday, the Official Opposition is calling for widespread testing in schools. Ontario elementary students, as well as secondary students in northern public health units, will learn remotely for the first week of January but can return to classrooms on Jan. 11. Secondary students in the rest of the province can return to classrooms on Jan. 25. Meanwhile, Quebec elementary and high schools will remain closed to in-person instruction until Jan. 11.