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First Nations schools could add air purifiers in buses

By Maggie Macintosh  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter First Nations school buses may soon be equipped with air purifiers, as education leaders consider ways to improve ventilation across the K-12 system amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre is looking into purchasing portable filtration systems for on-reserve yellow buses. “We want to make sure that we’re addressing health and safety, right from the time (children) get into the school system and out,” said Charles Cochrane, executive director of the centre, which oversees the Manitoba First Nations School System. Cochrane said parents and staff members continue to feel anxious about viral transmission both inside and outside classrooms. Manitoba stopped enforcing virtually all pandemic protocols, from education worker vaccine mandates to indoor classroom masking requirements, by March 15. School

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