What school will look like this fall as Canada struggles to bring COVID-19 under control – CBC

Students face a patchwork of back-to-school plans across the country

Aug 31, 2021

It’s the start of a third pandemic-disrupted school year, but what Canadian students will face during this fourth wave of COVID-19 will look strikingly different depending on where they live.

While some are disheartened at the easing of safety measures — “It feels as if we’re kind of waltzing back to school,” said public education advocate Annie Kidder of People for Education — others are more optimistic, given our vaccination rates and experiences drawn from last year.

“We can’t just look at case numbers…. We also have to look at what our hospitalization rates are, ICU rates and death rates — and those numbers have thankfully remained much lower as a proportion to the total cases,” said Dr. Jacqueline Wong, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton.

Here’s a quick comparison of back-to-school plans across the country.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/back-to-school-canada-2021-comparison-1.6155723

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