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It's been a 'mixed bag', but most Canadian schools have kept students in class

March 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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For one of Canada's most densely populated communities, this Toronto suburb, locked down for weeks, was eerily quiet on a recent Friday morning. Except for the school buses.

Through a dangerous second wave of the pandemic, Canada has managed to keep most schools open, most of the time, even in its hardest-hit Covid-19 hot spots.

"I'll be honest, I still sometimes am nervous about it," says Siddiqui in an interview with CNN outside her children's school, "But the quality of their learning, it's by far better in class, you can't compare virtual versus in class.

Siddiqui's 16-year-old son, Adam, the eldest of her 3 children, has had in-person learning this school year but is now virtual.

We worked at building a lot of understanding with the students and the families and just explaining what our new routines were, but also trying to make sure that things were as typical as they could possibly be," said Witter, the principal at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Elementary School in Ontario's Halton region.

Students in this Georgetown, Ontario, school are in cohorts for classes and recess, there is a detailed Covid-19 screening procedure for educators, students and visitors, and universal mask-wearing both inside and outside the school.

Witter also credits students with helping to keep schools open as they learn and adapt to the "science" that is now part of their daily curriculum.

O'Donnell says her classroom, her school and her school board are "living proof" that keeping kids learning in person can be done and she adds, there are good reasons to try.

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