Schools across Canada were shuttered in March to curb the spread of COVID-19, impacting some 5.5 million children. Planning is underway to get children back into classrooms in the fall and many provinces are considering a hybrid model: part-time in school and part-time online learning. Here's what Canada's provinces are planning: ONTARIO Canada's most populous province has been leaning toward a hybrid return - part-time in class and part-time online learning at home - to allow for smaller class sizes. The provincial government has also asked school boards to prepare for an online-only return and for the possibility of a full return. A final decision will be made in August. QUEBEC Many elementary schools in Quebec reopened in May, though schools in the hard-hit Montreal region remained closed. The province said students up to grade 9 will be back in school full-time in the fall, with each class split into a few bubble groups. High school students will alternate between in-person and online learning. BRITISH COLUMBIA British Columbia reopened some schools in late March for the children of essential workers. The province on June 1 reopened to all students, with younger children attending half-time, and older students attending one day per week. The province is preparing for younger students to return full time in the fall, with children in grades 8-12 in class part-time. ALBERTA Alberta is favoring a full return in the fall, unless COVID-19 cases begin to rise. Then class sizes would be restricted, likely with hybrid learning. SASKATCHEWAN Saskatchewan schools will fully reopen in September with new sanitation measures, "air-fives" instead of hugs, and students and staff not allowed to mix outside their groupings. MANITOBA In Manitoba, schools reopened in a limited capacity for small groups on June 1. The province is favoring a full-time return in the fall, but also considering a hybrid model. ATLANTIC PROVINCES The Atlantic provinces are favoring in-person learning, with limited class sizes and some online learning for older kids. Nova Scotia has not yet provided its plan. REUTERS
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