Knowing schools have more cases is stressful, says child
On May 11, students from elementary schools in Quebec outside the Montreal area were allowed to return to school.
Between May 11 and May 31, 78 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed among students and staff at several schools.
The Quebec Department of Education told CBC Kids News that within three weeks, 44 students and 34 staff members had tested positive for the disease.
Quebec is the first province to reopen schools since the pandemic started in March.
B.C, Manitoba and P.E.I. followed suit, but in any case, it is optional.
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It is estimated that approximately 58% of eligible students have returned to school in Quebec.
Julia-Rose Fagnan, 12, of Valleyfield, is one of these children.
The Grade 6 student told CBC Kids News that she was a little nervous about going back to school, but overall it went well.
Julia-Rose Fagnan, 12, said that she can play outside in her schoolyard, but that she should always stay two meters from her friends. (Submitted by Kareen Blanchet)
“We have to wash our hands a lot more. There are fewer of us in our class because our offices have to be separated, ”she said.
There were no cases at his school.
She was always a little stressed about getting sick, said Julia-Rose, “because it can be dangerous for the elderly. “
Knowledge in some schools “stresses me out a bit more,” she said.
Most children do not get very sick with COVID-19
Dr. Earl Rubin, a doctor specializing in infectious diseases at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, told CBC Kids News what we have heard over and over again: children who get coronavirus have very mild symptoms.
“The number of children admitted [to hospital] because of COVID, it is extremely small, ”he said.
Dr. Earl Rubin said that children must remember the rules of physical distance in schools. (Submitted by Earl Rubin)
Regarding the return of children to school, things should be done with caution, he said.
Because it can take up to 14 days for a person with COVID-19 to start showing symptoms, it can take several weeks to find out how much it is actually spreading.
Not always easy to stay away
Rubin did not disagree with Quebec’s decision to send children back to school in rural areas.
But he said that children must remember to follow the rules of physical distance.
Julia-Rose said it was difficult to always keep a distance, “especially in the hallways and in the schoolyard.”
In a school in Lévis, Quebec, each student has a box of books that they are not allowed to share. (Julia Page / CBC)
Rubin also said that if the return of children to school does not seem to be working, the government may have to “back off”.
The Department of Education has turned down CBC Kids News’ request for an interview, so at this time we do not know if the schools with affected students and staff will close, even temporarily.
A spokesperson for Public Health in Quebec said that decisions would be made on a case-by-case basis, depending on the number of people affected.
Here is what back to school looks like in Quebec.
Schools remain closed in Montreal
At a press conference last week, Quebec Premier François Legault called back-to-school “a big success.”
At the time, there were a total of 41 cases in schools.
He previously stated that it was important for students to return to class, especially for those with learning disabilities.
Schools in Montreal, the epicenter of the Canadian coronavirus epidemic, will remain closed until September.
Julia-Rose’s mom, Kareen Blanchet, said she feels good about the measures that have been put in place since the schools reopened and “has full confidence in the system.”
With CBC News files