P.E.I.’s chief public health officer is recommending that schools in the province remain closed until at least May 11.
“This will be revaluated as we get closer to that date,” said Dr. Heather Morrison in an update on Friday afternoon.
She also advised that non-essential businesses and government services stay closed indefinitely, operating with only the essential staff on-site.
“This is not over,” she said.
Morrison also reminded residents of restrictions to non-essential travel across the Confederation Bridge.
“We continue to see too many people leaving and arriving to P.E.I. for personal reasons,” she said.
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Morrison was joined by Premier Dennis King, who said the province has been preparing for the possibility of the extension of school closures.
Premier King says students with limited access to the internet haven’t been forgotten.
The province is looking at rolling out home-based learning plans.
“To be very, very honest,” he says, “we don’t have that part figured out yet.”
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“Recognizing, of course, that whatever we offer here we know won’t be perfect,” said King.
“But we’re trying to make the best out of a difficult situation to ensure there’s as much learning as possible during this time of uncertainty.”
The province’s Education and Lifelong Learning Minister Brad Trivers is expected to provide more details on the extended closures on Monday.