Public health ‘anticipating’ Kingston post-secondary schools to continue distance learning

KFL&A Public Health is advising local post-secondary institutions to continue online and distance learning for the next academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Kieran Moore, medical officer of health for the region, said during a board of health meeting on Wednesday that he believes local post-secondary schools will be heeding that advice.

“I anticipate that they’ll maintain that distance learning and monitor how COVID-19 spreads in the fall and winter,” Moore said on the conference call Wednesday.

He noted that early on, public health was in communication with Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College to address immediate concerns to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, locally among higher education students.

McLaren then asked Moore if he had sway in decisions about local elementary and high schools, but Moore said school boards are provincially controlled.

“We have some input at the provincial level through medical officers of health and directors of boards of education committee,” Moore said, “but we haven’t heard any decisions that they’re making regarding elementary or secondary schools for the fall.”

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