New rules for Catholic school students in Mississauga and Brampton when they return to classrooms

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Catholic school students will have to contend with a few more rules when they return to the classroom next week.

In a notice sent out to students and parents, The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board says the use of masks has been expanded which means students in Grades 1-3 must wear the face coverings and that masks are now required to be worn outdoors for all grades where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Additionally, Peel Region's health department has mandated the wearing of masks in Kindergarten.

As always, reasonable exemptions will be made for students with specific health issues.

Parents and guardians are expected to provide masks for their children to attend school each day and to make sure to provide a back-up supply.

The board says students must continue to undertake daily COVID-19 screening using the province's self-screening tool, beginning with the return to in-person learning on February 16. All secondary school students will be required to have their self-screening results verified upon arrival at school.

Targeted asymptomatic testing for students and staff will be deployed at the discretion of local public health units in collaboration with schools. The Catholic board, in conjunction with our public health units has been focusing asymptomatic testing in schools where an outbreak has occurred. We will communicate further should there be any changes to this strategy.

While the board enforces rules on school grounds, educators urge students and parents not to congregate near the school to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

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