Outdoor physical education classes for elementary school students

Forcing elementary school students to wear a mask during physical education classes? It is not the first choice of Public Health. She first recommends that teachers get young people outside, learned The duty, who obtained a letter sent Wednesday to school service centers by the office of the Deputy Minister of Education.

Quebec will put in place, from October 4, new health measures in primary schools “to reduce isolation orders and avoid class closures”, we learn in the letter.

“Public Health recommends, as a first step, that physical education and health classes take place outside as much as possible,” writes Assistant Deputy Minister Josée Lapointe in the letter to the directors general. school service centers, school boards and private educational institutions.

If this option turns out to be “impossible and the lessons take place indoors, the teacher must adapt his practice to ensure that a distance of two meters between the students is respected,” continues Josée Lapointe.

According to Public Health recommendations, wearing an exercise mask is the last avenue to take. However, it becomes “the measure to be implemented” when the distance cannot be maintained. “It is therefore recommended that the teacher adapt the intensity level and ensure constant supervision of the students,” says Josée Lapointe.

The Legault government is due to hold a press briefing on Thursday afternoon in order to take stock of the restrictions in elementary schools in Quebec. These new measures concern the regions of Mauricie, Center-du-Québec, Estrie, Montreal, Outaouais, Laval, Lanaudière, Laurentides, Montérégie and Chaudière-Appalaches (four RCMs) .

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