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N.L. parents diverged on a back-to-school intent

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • Some accept the return to an in-person class, others worry for kids’ safety.
  • Melanie Crocker of St. John’s worries about the potential emotional and mental effect virtual learning will have on her two daughters, who attend grades 2 and 4.

Parents of students have different opinions on offline learning: 

After nearly a whole month of virtual learning, the regional government declared Thursday that children might go back to school on Jan. 24.

But parents across the region, who had been postponing on an update regarding schools, are diverged on the possible return.

On Newfoundland’s west coast, Keith Muise of Stephenville stated he was dissatisfied when he listened to the update.

“I just think it’s very rushed,” stated Muise, who has safety matters for his son in Grade 2 amid increased everyday cases totals of the Omicron variant. Source –

Read more: N.L. emergency services dash to clad Omicron-related staffer lacks

The parents of students in NL divided for opinions for offline learning

“We need to give the children time to at least get their second doses,” stated Muise. Nearly 70 per cent of kids ages five to 11 have acquired one dose of the COVID vaccine. Source –

Earlier this week, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Janice Fitzgerald compared living with COVID-19 to training for a snowstorm, when individuals adjust and add coatings of safety.

“Well, to me, if we send them back to school before it’s safe, then it’s kind of like putting them out in the storm without a coat on,” Muise stated. Source –

Muise also doubts that kids in crowded classrooms will cling to mask guidelines at school.

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