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Many Yukon students head back to class for the first time since pandemic hit

WHITEHORSE — Students in many parts of Yukon are heading back to class for the first day of the new school year.

All kindergarten to Grade 12 students in Whitehorse are in class, while the Robert Service School in Dawson, and schools in Carmacks and Teslin also begin the year.

Schools in other rural communities resume next week or in early September.

This is the first time Yukon students have been in classrooms since the COVID-19 pandemic shut schools in March.

Each school has individual operating plans, which include more spacing for students.

School buses are running but physical distancing means more of them are carrying fewer students, and health officials are encouraging families to handle their own transportation needs this year. (CKRW)

This report from the Canadian Press was first published Aug. 20, 2020

The Canadian Press

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