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Monday, February 26, 2024

Quebec discards masks in class for elementary-high school students after March vacation


Key takeaways: 

  • The measure raises March 7 across most Quebec areas, including Montreal.
  • Class 1 students wear masks while attending Honoré Mercier elementary school in Montreal. 
  • As of March 7, they will no longer be needed to wear a mask. 

Students no longer need to wear masks after the March break: 

Quebec elementary and high schools students will no longer be needed to wear masks in class when they are back from March vacation, Quebec Public Health declared Tuesday. 

The judgment comes after a request Monday by public health officials. 

The measure will be raised on March 7 for students in some Quebec areas, including Montreal, the Outaouais, the Abitibi, the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, and the North Shore.

All other students, including Laval, Quebec City, and the Chaudière-Appalaches, will have to stay till March 14, as their spring holiday falls a week later. 

Students must wear a mask in familiar places when traveling between classrooms and school transport till further notice. Masks are still needed in CEGEP and university classes.

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After the March vacation, students will not wear masks

“The condition is enhancing, and this is also mirrored in the school environment,” Health Minister Christian Dubé stated in a press release.

The statement was met with varied reactions from health specialists and school organizations.

“If we can abide this trouble, I think it’s worth it because it will let young individuals grow more adequately and allow them to learn more easily,” stated Dr. Caroline Quach, a pediatric contagious illnesses expert at Montreal’s Sainte-Justine Hospital.

But for Katherine Korakakis, president of Quebec’s English Parents’ Committee Association, doing away with the action after a holiday vacation, when kids have probably been in more contact with others than before, is not the correct move.

“It’s too soon. It’s way too soon. It’s not a good thought. Like, at least let’s stay till we can open windows and individuals are not freezing to death in classrooms,” she told.

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