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The province introduced enhanced public health measures at schools on Friday. Effective Monday, November 1, 2021, the changes are:

  • An extension of the Special Measures Order for masking to include students in kindergarten to grade 3 and staff in regulated child care centres. This means that masks will be required at all times indoors, including when children are seated in their classrooms.
  • Cohorting will once again be required indoors, and to the greatest extent possible outdoors, for regulated child care centres and grades K-6 in schools. Limiting the interaction between classes will reduce the spread of COVID-19, in the event it makes its way into a school or daycare.

We are not recommending any changes for grades 7 and above, as a good proportion of that population is fully vaccinated and there is no indication of increased COVID-19 spread in those grades through school activities at this time.

Public health strives to have schools open for in-person learning to the greatest extent possible, for the health and well-being of children.

Additional information related to COVID-19 can be found at https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/.