How five families are making decisions about sending kids back to school amid Omicron
Millions of students – in Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia – will return to in-person learning Monday. Or they’re expected to, at least. With Omicron still surging across the country, families are making difficult decisions about whether to send their children back. Child advocates have raised alarms about the harms of keeping students out of schools longer, including mental distress, learning gaps and lack of access to meals and safe shelter for some kids. But health experts and educators argue that an abandonment of robust case reporting and contact tracing has made schools unsafe. And so the risk calculation has been downloaded to families. The Globe and Mail spoke to five parents across the country about how they’re feeling.
With a child too young to be vaccinated, fear and …
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