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Justin Trudeau says he's unsure whether he'll send his kids back to school

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might be the leader of the country, but he's just like millions of Canadians when it comes to the tough decision of whether to send his kids back to school in September.

Speaking in response to a question asked by a reporter at a press conference on Tuesday, Trudeau said that he's still unsure whether he'll be sending his children to school.

"Like so many parents, that's something that we're in very active discussions on," he said.

Trudeau said that he's considering the school's reopening plan, class sizes, and how his children are feeling about wearing masks while weighing the decision.

"I know all my friends as parents are asking these same questions," Trudeau said. "Lots of parents are going to be watching carefully what their local school board's plans are going to be."

"There is a lot of reflection in a lot of households, including mine, as to what's going to happen when September rolls around."

Trudeau's three children — Xavier, Ella-Grace and Hadrien — currently attend a Franco-Ontarian public school that temporarily closed during the pandemic.

The majority of Canadian parents plan to send their kids back to school in September, according to a new survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies.

With just weeks to go until schools reopen, 63 per cent of survey respondents say they plan to send their kids back to class, although almost 7-in-10 want schools to be suspended again if there is a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in their community.

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Sophie Gregoire Trudeau


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