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Working together to ensure a safe return to school

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Behind the scenes, there has been an enormous amount of work done to prepare for the safe return of students to schools. The work continues, with school openings staggered to allow for a gradual re-entry with time enough for everyone to learn the new rules of engagement and public health safety measures.

It’s not surprising that in the midst of all this activity, many families are asking if it is safe for students to return to school.

The most important factor determining the risk for students and staff returning to school is the status of the COVID outbreak in the community. For people living and working in Peterborough, our most recent weekly incidence rate of 0.7 cases per 100,000 people should be reassuring to parents and staff alike.

If ever we allow schools to reopen during this pandemic that could linger for years, this would be a good time. Some families are making the choice to keep their children home and fortunately there are choices and options, which should help ensure that all students get matched with their best learning environment.

However, more than ever, the........

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