QC Cree communities open schools for in-person classes

Some schools in Quebec Cree communities have opened for full-time in-person classes after weeks of online learning due to high COVID-19 numbers. Whapmagoostui, Wemindji, Eastmain, Waswanipi, and Nemaska students have returned to their classrooms, while those with higher COVID-19 numbers are either using a hybrid model or continuing with 100% remote instruction. A variety of safety measures have been put in place, such as physical distancing, hand washing stations, and daily health checks. “We’re very happy that we’re able to move forward,” said Sarah Pash, Cree School Board Chairperson. “School is really an important support in students’ lives, socially and emotionally and mental health-wise.” Pash says that the in-person education and access to extra supports at school will benefit students who are falling behind or do not have ideal home environments.