Provincial COVID expert panel releases back-to-school recommendations; no consensus on masking

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Ontario’s science advisory table is recommending a number of permanent health measures as kids head back-to-school, but avoided any strong statements on masking.

On Thursday, the group released recommendations for the school year, covering topics like ventilation, vaccines and staying home when sick.

“Based on the currently available evidence, there was a lack of consensus among co-authors as to if and when masking should be mandated,” wrote the group. “Operationally, mask-wearing is likely the easiest temporary measure to implement if required to support ongoing school operations. The use of non-medical or medical mask mandates should align with community guidance for indoor spaces and high-quality, well-fitted masks should be available to students and staff.”

“It is recognized that some school staff and students may continue to wear a mask even in the absence of a mandate, and this choice should be respected,” they continued. “Schools should be mask-friendly environments.”

They recommended higher air quality standards be kept on a permanent basis (through proper HVAC and HEPA filters), along with cleaning schedules and hand hygiene.

They say staff and students should continue to stay home when they feel sick.

They also recommended that students continue to be up-to-date on their immunization records.

According to Public Health Ontario, COVID-19 rates appear to be on the rise among school-aged children.

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