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


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