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This is when schools are reopening in Canada

When are schools reopening in Canada? This is a question many are asking now that some provinces are entering the preliminary stages of easing pandemic lockdown.

Whether you have a school-age child in your family or not, the timeline for resuming in-person classes is a good indicator of how far and fast parts of the country are progressing and when they'll be getting back to a new kind of normal — a normal that will include social distancing in classrooms and schoolyards.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Though some restrictions are easing up in the province starting May 11, schools will not be opening anytime before the next academic year.

P.E.I.

Select students on the island that require special support will be back in classes on May 11, but there is no word yet on when remaining student body can return, though different options are being looked at.

Nova Scotia

It was just announced that at-home e-learning will continue through the end of the semester on June 5, and that the province will re-evaluate opening schools up when September rolls around. Until then, Nova Scotia officials are "working together on what the school year will look like next year."

New Brunswick

Like many provinces, students in New Brunswick are not slated to return to school until at least the beginning of next academic year.

Quebec

Elementary daycares outside of the Montreal area are opening back up on May 11, while the start date for Montreal students has been postponed multiple times due to the state of the city's outbreaks. The tentative date is May 25.

Ontario

Ontario's framework for reopening does not include a timeline for classes specifically or in things in general, but as it stands now, school is out until at least May 31.

Given that the province's state of emergency was recently extended yet again until at least May 19 and that Premier Doug Ford has said things like "I'm not going to put our children in a crowded classroom" and "we don't want to put our kids at risk" in recent press briefings, it won't likely be anytime soon.

Ford said he and his team will make a decision on the matter by the end of the month.

Manitoba

Manitoba does not yet have a timeline for when students can expect to be back in classrooms again, but officials have said it is not likely to happen before September.

Saskatchewan

Schools in Saskatchewan are likewise staying closed until at least next academic year — and whether classes will start up again as usual in September is something that is still up in the air, to be decided closer to that time.

Alberta

Schools will remain closed for the rest of this academic year, and there is not yet a timeline on when they will return, but it may be earlier than September to make up for lost time.

There are also three different methods that the provincial government is considering for when classes do resume, which range from schools being open as much as possible under normal circumstances to online-only learning continuing.

Premier Jason Kenney has also said that there may be different rules for how different parts of the province re-open, much like Montreal.

B.C.

B.C. is taking a multi-phased approach to reopening schools. Right now, most students province-wide are continuing with remote and/or online learning, but vulnerable students and children of essential workers are allowed back in classrooms.

In the next stage, all Kindergarten to Grade 5 students will return to school part-time, and Grade 6 to Grade 12 students can access in-person classes "if needed." This phase is expected to start in early June.

The next two stages see all elementary school students returning to class full-time while high school students return part-time, followed by all students resuming normal in-class activities.

Yukon

Schools are staying closed until at least September.

Northwest Territories

Schools are staying closed until at least September.

Nunavut

Schools are staying closed until at least September.

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