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CBE to mandate masks at start of school year

Last Updated Aug 19, 2021 at 6:21 am MDT

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — The Calgary Board of Education will be mandating masks indoors for all students and staff once classes resume next month.

In an announcement on Wednesday, the public school board said it made the decision after careful consideration of the evidence, including the fact kids under 12 are not eligible for vaccines and vaccination rates among young people are also quite low.

Existing mask guidance, including exemptions, will be followed much as it was in the previous school year.

It said the decision would be reviewed by the end of September.

Some other health measures will be in place for the start of the year as well, including enhanced cleaning and ventilation, asking students and staff to complete a daily checklist before going to school, and maintaining classroom cohorts for kindergarten to grade 6 students.

But some other measures will not be in place due to changes from the provincial government, as the CBE reminds people that schools will not inform close contacts of positive cases anymore.

Also, groups activities such as sports and band will proceed as they would have before the pandemic.

The CBE had previously decided to keep mandatory masking in place for the start of the modified calendar this week.

For more information about COVID-19 and heading back to class this fall, head to our special coverage page.