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COVID-19: Ontario science advisory group recommends extra curriculars resume, schools stay open

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Ontario’s science advisory table is recommending a much different school year, with the return of extracurriculars, loosening masking, distancing and cohorting rules when risk is low, and closing schools only in catastrophic scenarios.“The physical, emotional, and developmental health of children and youth has been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions placed on schools,” the experts write in a brief published Monday.“School closures, or transition to an online learning model, should not be used as a public health measure for pandemic control.” Ontario universities, colleges told to prepare for normal fall with backup plans There is “increasing evidence” that closing schools and cancelling extracurriculars has had.

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