Most B.C. Residents Think Students Should Wear Masks When Returning To School

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When schools are back in session, most British Columbians think children should return with masks.

A recent study by Leger showed about three-quarters of B.C. residents think students should be required to wear masks at school, either all the time or during lunch and recess breaks.

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However, only six out of 10 Canadians think students should wear masks during school.

“The more we consider this potential for making masks mandatory, the more I think parents will probably find that the masks should be mandatory in schools, as well,” said Leger Vice President Christian Borque.

Of the national numbers, about 60% of Canadians worry about kids heading back to class this September, while 59% support a hybrid school week with some in-class instruction and some at-home learning. B.C. is planning to return to more in-class instruction, if it is safe to do so.

Classrooms had originally closed in March until June, where parents had the option of sending their children back part-time with reduced numbers in the classroom.

The province has seen a spike in cases recently, which provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said could result in “explosive numbers,” if people aren’t careful.

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