Another year of COVID: Canadian students return to classrooms with masking questions – GLOBAL

September 4, 2022

Thousands of Canadian children return to the classroom this week for their fourth pandemic school year, eager for a semblance of normalcy after years of upheaval that many families fear is not over yet.

Students in most parts of the country resume class Tuesday or Wednesday, although Saskatchewan and Alberta reopened doors last week. Largely common among the return is the absence of many COVID-19 restrictions — by-and-large, masks are optional, signed screening sheets are gone and in-person lessons trump remote options.

Still, uncertainty dominated Sophia Roper’s back-to-school prep as she took her 11-year-old granddaughter Jazmine clothes shopping last week, and she expressed frustration over a lack of mask mandates and seemingly conflicting public-health advice from Ontario’s top doctor, Kieran Moore.

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