Students may return to in-person instruction on January 24

The provincial government has set a target date of January 24 for students to return to in-class instruction.

The Department of Education will continue to work with public health officials to monitor the risk level, and final confirmation of this targeted return date will occur on Wednesday, January 19.

Students, teachers, administrators and staff will need to use COVID-19 rapid test kits.

Distribution of rapid tests to schools is already underway, and kits will be rolled out to families and staff once a date to return is finalized, in advance of required testing.

Prior to the resumption of classes, all students, teachers and staff will be required to take two tests at home approximately 72 hours apart. If classes resume on Monday, January 24 as planned, the first test should be done on Friday, January 21 and the second on the morning of January 24.