There are only about two weeks left before children across New Brunswick start returning to class for what will be the third school year in the province affected by COVID-19.
Education Minister Dominic Cardy unveiled the details of this return to school for students this year on Friday.
“Our goal went from being as normal a school year as possible to one with certain measures in place,” he said at the time.
Moncton-area mom and blogger Jenna Morton said the timing of the announcement was “cutting the end.”
“I was certainly expecting a plan a little sooner than we received it,” she says.
“We are very close to administrators and teachers who return to class, they return there a week before the students.
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Morton runs the parenting website “PicklePlanet”, which was named after the nickname given to his daughter who is entering 5th grade. slightly more normal than the previous one.
“They’ll probably complain a little bit that they still have to wear masks in some places, but it’s okay, they can complain,” Morton explains.
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Notably, she says her daughter is anxiously awaiting the return of after-school programs after a year off.
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That, Morton says, is one of the many factors weighing on the minds of children like his at this point in the pandemic.
“The kids are starting to realize how much they missed,” she says.
“They’re really starting to understand that it’s not going to go away quickly and that’s not what they were supposed to be facing.”
Looking at the details of the plan, Morton says she hoped to see more developments in ventilation modes at school as well as better supported distance learning.
“To come this far and still have these as a kind of ‘oh, we’re working on it.’ Well, what else were we working on? ” she asks.
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Ultimately, Morton says she’s happy to defer to the experts behind the plan, especially given the potential fourth wave on the horizon.
Regional chief medical officer of health Dr Cristin Muecke said on Friday that students, families and the government need to be prepared for anything.
“I think that’s one of the areas where New Brunswick has excelled, is being able to react quickly, to be able to follow what’s going on, to see what’s going on in other jurisdictions and adapt accordingly, ”she said.
“I fully understand why this is stressful and anxious for so many people – and I just wanted to thank all New Brunswickers for being ready to work with us on this. “
– With a file from Nathalie Sturgeon
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