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Quebec provides coronavirus guidelines for reopened daycares and schools

A closed schoolyard is seen through its fence in Montreal, Monday, April 27, 2020. Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

Quebec’s Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) has released a health standards guide for the reopening of schools and daycares amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of the province’s plan, daycares and elementary schools will gradually be able to reopen in Quebec starting May 11. The Greater Montreal area will follow suit on May 19.

The “COVID-19 kits” created by the CNESST are intended to help principals, teachers and educators adapt their routines and their work environments in order to limit the risks of an outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

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Under the guidelines, the CNESST stresses that anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 — such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or sudden loss of smell or taste — is prohibited from entering the building.

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Children and staff who live with someone who either has contracted or is in self-isolation due to COVID-19 should also remain at home.

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As part of the plan, all staff members are asked to answer a questionnaire and carry out a self-assessment every day before arriving at their workplace.

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With files from Global News’ Kalina Laframboise

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