One can expect that secondary school students have to wear a mask to school when back in the classroom if we agree with the new recommendation from Health Canada, which suggests even the port from the age of 11.
Back to school is fast approaching, and the minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge is expected to submit Monday its plan to return to the classroom, highly anticipated by parents and teachers to the four corners of Quebec. They wonder if students will need to be hidden.
At the canadian level, the public Health authorities have clearly recommended that children over the age of 10 to wear a cover-face to the school. “Yes, it is recommended to wear a mask for children over the age of 10,” said a Friday press briefing the deputy chief public health officer, Dr. Howard Njoo.
“The children over 10 years old may be as likely as adults to transmit the virus to other people,” he said.
We can therefore expect that the children must wear the mask in the hallways and during their movement in the class, but they can remove it once seated, as is the case for the people who go to the cinema or to a show.
Arruda less clear-cut
Dr. Horacio Arruda has an opinion less clear-cut. “There is no study that goes in one specific direction. It is you 10, 11 and a half, 12 or 13?”, he raised Friday when questioned about the age at which we should make mandatory the wearing of the mask in the schools.
“The question of wearing a mask in the child is primarily related to the age and ability of the wear,” said the national director of public health of Québec, explaining that the young children may have difficulty wearing a mask without playing with it. “The school environment is not the environment that worries me the most,” he added.
Dr. Njoo has also recognized that the imposition of the wearing of masks in a school depends on various factors, especially “epidemiology at the local level.”
If, in some communities, there is not a lot of cases, we can be more flexible and do not require such a measure, “in another community with more traffic, more cases in this area, it is more important to [make] a mandatory […] to wear a mask,” explained Dr. Njoo.
As a reminder, the public Health agency of Canada recommends the wearing of a mask a non-medical or cover-face home made in cases where it is impossible to maintain a distance of two meters, especially in busy areas.
It specifies, however, that this measure alone is not sufficient to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. It is also necessary to comply with the instructions of hygiene and public health, such as the frequent washing of hands and the distancing physical.
With the return next in the classes, the public health Agency of Canada has been working on guidelines for schools, from kindergarten to twelfth grade. They can be found in a guidance document. Essentially, the authorities prioritize an approach to reduce the number of interactions and to increase the security of exchanges with the other.
– With Guillaume Cyr and Camille Dauphinais-Pelletier