The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is clarifying some public misunderstanding around the rationale involved in complying with an ElectionsNL request to utilize some schools for polling stations in the upcoming provincial election.
"First and foremost, this is a one-time event that does not constitute a 'gathering' of people attending an event for an extended period of time," said Goronwy Price, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the District. "There would be a small number of ElectionsNL personnel on hand during the day, and individual voters filing through the designated polling area - physically distanced and masked - for a short period of time.
"This is not the same as typical in-school graduation events or sports activities involving larger groups of people gathering in a location for longer periods," Mr. Price added. "The District has already advised schools that if we can hold Covid-19 at bay, and in-class instruction continues, we can plan for indoor school-leaving events for the Class of 2021. As of this date, however, those in-school events cannot include visitors. If that changes, we will adapt."
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