Longueuil police officers are beginning tours of local institutions to "raise awareness among students" of Quebec's COVID-19 school rules.

In a statement posted Thursday morning, the Service de police de l'agglomération de Longueuil (SPAL) said it's partnering with other bodies, including school commissions and the CISSS, "to seize every opportunity to act in a more targeted manner with the region's youth so that schools do not close."

The SPAL also noted that "while a large majority of youths make an effort to respect the 2-metre distance and to wear face coverings," instances of rule-breaking have still occurred.

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Several risky behaviours have been observed by both police officers and school personnel.

Service de police de l'agglomération de Longueuil (SPAL)

On Monday, provincial leaders announced a series of new rules for schools in the province's COVID-19 red zones, which include the Montreal metropolitan area.

Among the new rules are mandatory mask-wearing in high school classes and a "hybrid" in-person and remote learning schedule for students in Secondary 4 and 5.

Red zone schools must "revert" to stable class groups and "extracurricular and inter-school activities and field trips [are] suspended."

The SPAL promised that the school tours are just the first step in a series of actions to come.

"The fight against the spread of COVID-19 is a long marathon in which we all have no choice but to participate," it said.

"The health of the youth is at stake, as well as that of all members of your respective families."

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