Starting Thursday, all students in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot and Qikiqtani regions will return to the classroom full-time. Currently students in middle and high school are attending via a mixture of in-person and remote learning. (File image)

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

By Nunatsiaq News

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.

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(6) Comments:

  1. Posted by DeaTAH on

    Aaasii! Finally! Such a long time for “reduced” in school learning. My kid got hardly any homework… and Edsby is not being used to “prevent inequality” .

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  2. Posted by Curious on

    Why don’t students wear masks in schools in Nunavut like they do in almost all other places in Canada?

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    • Posted by Curious on

      Why are so many people against masks? It’s an airborne virus.

  3. Posted by John K on

    Why didn’t you tell ANYONE before you made this change.

    Why did PRINCIPALS find this out from the same press release I did?

    • Posted by John K on

      I’ll leave names out to avoid censorship this time.

      I stand by the deleted portion of my comment… this, like most everything else we do here, has been handed really, really poorly.

  4. Posted by Crystal Clarity on

    Kitikmeot and Qikiqtani should have never got shut down to begin with since they had no cases. It’s good to return to normal but couldn’t you have given people a little more notice this was coming? Families and schools wouldn’t have had enough time to prepare for the change. BTW Edsby is a collosal failure when families don’t have access to internet or some sort of computer or tablet.

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