Social distancing is the new norm at elementary schools

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Photo: Bill Cox

When the bell rings, the students have to assemble on the lawn in front of École Coeur-Vaillant-Campanile elementary school, respecting the distance code. Children cannot go to their waiting parents until permitted by the teacher.

At École Coeur-Vaillant-Campanile elementary school in Sainte-Foy, and at all other Quebec schools that resumed classes on May 11, social distancing is the new norm. It can be seen when students enter and leave school, and during recess in the schoolyard.

Teachers are very vigilant; the students know the rules and the importance of distancing themselves from others. At the end of the day, there is no rush to leave when the school bell rings, as in pre-pandemic times. Instead, there is an orderly line of students who keep their distance from others as they leave the building, led by their teachers. Only one or two classes exit at a time. Parents picking up students must wait at a prescribed distance for their children to come to them.

This is a good reminder to those of us who are still in confinement about how serious our situation is. These children are setting a good example.