Yukon aims for in-person classes, but Omicron could force switch to remote learning

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WHITEHORSE — An Education Department official says the priority for schools in Yukon remains on keeping students in classrooms, but the COVID-19 Omicron variant could force adjustments.

Deputy minister Nicole Morgan says in-class learning for students will be tested by the spread of the Omicron variant as it hits teachers, students, staff and administrators.

She says education officials have plans to keep students in classrooms as long as safely possible by, among other things, shifting resources and using targeted remote learning options, but a full switch to remote learning is not being ruled out.

Yukon students returned to school earlier this week while classes were delayed at least one week across many others parts of Canada as remote learning options were being considered to limit the spread of the variant.

Morgan says the school system must be nimble in its approach to adjusting to the challenges of the Omicron variant.

New public health measures started today in the territory, limiting personal gatherings indoors to 10 people and outdoor events to 25.

Organized indoor events are capped at 50 per cent capacity and proof of vaccination is required.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 7, 2022.

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