Police forces across the province have announced that they will be conducting tours across ‘red zone’ schools to ensure COVID-19 health guidelines are being followed.
The announcement comes as additional COVID-19 preventative measures to go into effect as of Thursday, October 8.
Within schools, students are required to wear face coverings at all times on school grounds, both indoor and outdoor.
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In a statement, the Service de police de l’agglomération de Longueuil (SPAL) says, “risky behaviours” have been observed at schools by both police and staff.
The SPAL says it will work with la Régie intermunicipale de police Richelieu-Saint-Laurent, la Commission scolaire Riverside, les Centres de services scolaires Marie-Victorin et des Patriotes, and la Fédération des établissements d’enseignement privés, throughout the rest of the week to ensure proper measures are being followed.
— Police de Longueuil (@PoliceSPAL) October 8, 2020
“The fight against the spread of COVID-19 is meant to be a long marathon in which we have no choice but to all participate,” says the SPAL’s French statement. “The health of young people is at stake as well as that of all members of respective families. We all hope that our young people can return to some semblance of normal life very soon.”
No form of punishment will be handed out to students as police forces seek to get students to “unite their collective efforts.”