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Canada: Better ventilation, fewer cellphones called for in federal back-to-school guidelines

CBC |

Canada’s federal public health agency released guidelines for slowing the spread of the coronavirus among students and staff when schools reopen in September.

The guidelines for school administrators recommend:

  • students over the age of 10 wear masks
  • students and teachers stay two meters apart
  • students and teachers be grouped together to reduce the number of people they come into close contact with
  • postpone or cancel large group activities like assemblies, team sports and field trips
  • move classes outside if weather permits
  • students encouraged to leave personal belongings, like cellphones, either at home or in their lockers so that they’re not shared among students, according to the document
  • schools improve their ventilation systems and open windows whenever possible to increase air flow