Return-to-school decisions still not so clearcut because of COVID cases – CBC

One’s home-schooling, one’s sending her kid back: How two N.B. mothers feel about the fall

Aug 01, 2022

As a woman with quadriplegia, Emily Silva says her lungs aren’t as strong as other people’s.

Her youngest daughter will head into her first year of high school this fall. Silva doesn’t want to keep her home and have her miss out on forming important social connections, although she can’t help but worry about what will happen if COVID-19 finds its way into their home.

Silva and her family live in Woodstock. They’re careful; they don’t go out to eat, and they still wear masks. In 2020, long before children could get vaccinated, Silva pulled her youngest daughter out of school, sending her back in the 2021-22 year after she’d been vaccinated.

Two years later, and even with vaccines, Silva once again feels anxious about sending her daughter to school, especially without having more updated information from the province about COVID-19 cases and what parents should expect for the school year ahead.

“I’m pretty apprehensive,” she said. “There seems to be absolutely no precautions.”

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