Nunavut to reopen schools full-time across Kitikmeot and Qikiqtani regions
Middle and high school students currently receiving mix of in-person and remote learning
Students in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot and Qikiqtani regions are returning to the classroom full-time starting Thursday, Nunavut’s Education Department says.
Middle and high school students in those regions are currently attending classes through a mixture of in-class and remote learning, to help lessen the possible spread of COVID-19. Elementary students in these regions are already receiving full-time, in-school instruction.
Education Minister David Joanasie said keeping students, their families and school staff healthy during the pandemic is his department’s “highest priority.”
“At the same time, it’s important to recognize the negative mental and physical health impacts that reduced in-school instruction can have on our communities,” Joanasie said.
Chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson said it’s time to reopen the schools because “there is no public health evidence to support ongoing closures at this time.”
“I’m confident that students and staff in Kitikmeot and Qikiqtani regional schools can safely return to the classroom.”
Schools in Nunavut’s Kivalliq region, which has been hit hardest by COVID-19, remain under more restrictions.
Arviat is the only Nunavut community where schools are currently closed.
Other Kivalliq communities will continue to have middle and high school students attending through a mixture of in-class and remote learning.