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Worries as Lower Mainland students; teachers back from vacation without mask mandate

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Key takeaways: 

  • Masks used to restrict the spread of COVID-19 are no longer needed in the province’s schools.
  • Surrey Grade 10 student Ravjot Sarao talks to CBC News outside L.A. Matheson Secondary School on Sunday. 
  • She states she’ll persist in wearing a mask in school.

Students, teachers, and teams in the Lower Mainland have combined responses regarding returning to class after March vacation on Monday without a need to wear face masks indoors. 

With hospitalizations from COVID-19 in B.C. climbing several days in the previous week and new sub-variants abroad leading to higher cases digits in Europe, some stay unsure about relaxing the rules as the pandemic persists.

“I feel that it’s a tad too early for that, actually,” said Ravjot Sarao, a Grade 10 student at Surrey’s L.A. Matheson Secondary School.”

“I suppose if other individuals are not wearing masks, some people will be careful regarding not going too close to them.”

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Before this month, amid declining rates of transmission and hospitalizations, the region abolished most of its COVID-19 limitations

Before this month, amid declining rates of transmission and hospitalizations, the region abolished most of its COVID-19 limitations except in what it called “high-risk settings.” 

The superintendent of Surrey School District said the changes are in a string with public health authorities’ guidance and said disposable masks will still be delivered to those who want them.

 “We realize that people may experience variable comfort levels during this change,” noted Mark Pearmain’s letter to parents Thursday. “As we have seen so many times over the previous two years, the empathy and compassion of our school communities have made all the difference… The health and safety of our students and staff [are] our focus.”

B.C.’s education ministry said the termination of mask orders in schools, which came into power the previous fall, “aligns with the shift in the regional COVID-19 reaction to a sustainable, long-term COVID-19 management system,” according to the new school policies.

Source – cbc.ca

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