From next Monday, third-secondary students will also go to school every other day in the red zone, Prime Minister François Legault confirmed on Monday.
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In regions where maximum alert has been declared, fourth and fifth secondary students have already been attending school every other day since October 8.
“Experts tell us when we look at the number of new cases, that there are more new cases among high school students. According to science, we notice that slightly older children are more transmitters of the virus than younger children, ”said François Legault.
The Prime Minister has repeated that he wants schools to remain open at all costs. “The last thing I want to close are schools,” he said.
There is no question for the moment of imposing part-time attendance on first and second secondary students, but the situation could be reassessed if necessary, said the national director of public health, Horacio Arruda.
The state of maximum alert has been declared in 11 regions of Quebec, the red zone covering all or part of their territory.
Sanitary measures in the red zone will last until November 23, but the situation could be reassessed in two weeks, the Prime Minister said.
Mr. Legault has also closed the door to an extension of school holidays during the Christmas period, to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.
“For the current year, there is still some catching up to do. There is no question of shortening the sessions, ”he said.
According to our information, full-time school attendance will however be authorized for pupils in difficulty who will need it, from the third secondary, according to an evaluation which will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Young people who attend specialized classes, as well as those who are integrated into regular classes with an intervention plan, will be able to go to school every day in order to better meet their needs, it is indicated.
No change has been announced concerning sports and extracurricular activities in the school network, put on pause between students who are not part of the same class bubble in the red zone.