On April 24, GSL Director Steven Hoffman was featured in a CBC article discussing the possible reopening of schools in Manitoba after flattening the COVID-19 curve.
In the article, Hoffman explained that schools are a place where “social networks collide” and therefore make it a unique opportunity for infectious diseases to spread.
Should Manitoba, however, decide to at least partially reopen their school system, Hoffman advises them to look to other countries for inspiration how. In Denmark, for example, class sizes have been reduced and desks were pushed apart so that physical distancing requirements could still be upheld. Another solution could be to only bring back students is grade 12 to finish out their high school career. All-in-all, Hoffman was skeptical if the reward of opening schools before the summer break would outweigh the very real risks.
Read the full article here.