Hanes: Quebec wants greater than a one-size-fits-all plan for faculties

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No sooner had the phrases left Premier François Legault’s mouth Monday afternoon, then a collective shudder rippled down the spines of Quebec mother and father.

Sending major college students again to highschool in individual this week and highschool college students subsequent week is a “calculated threat,” Legault acknowledged, however one he’s prepared to imagine.

Whereas such honesty about the true stakes of decision-making throughout a pandemic is perhaps refreshing in one other context, nobody, I repeat, nobody desires to listen to the phrases youngsters and calculated threat uttered in the identical sentence. And if loads of mother and father have been skeptical about how secure it’s for the children to go to class earlier than Legault’s admission, even these relieved to see faculties reopen as deliberate at the moment are tormented by doubt.

Maybe the federal government believes the nerves that accompanied again to highschool within the fall will as soon as once more dissipate as soon as mother and father see how completely happy their youngsters are to be with their academics and pals once more. However this ain’t late August, when the day by day COVID-19 case rely was below 200. Anybody touched by an outbreak associated to one of many 21,000 COVID-19 infections acquired at faculties over the autumn might be cautious about how dire issues would possibly get when we’ve got 2,000 circumstances a day. (There have been 1,934 reported Tuesday).