Online courses for Calgary public and Catholic school students

These students from the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) and the Calgary Catholic School Board will therefore take their classes at home for two weeks starting Monday, April 19.

This period could be extended at the request of school boards, says the province.

The government defends its decision, citing in particular the chronic lack of substitute teachers and a significant number of teachers and students in quarantine or in isolation.

He also talks about the high number of cases of the disease in the community.

The safety of students and staff is my top priority. This is why I responded to the request of the school boards and respect their autonomy, explains Education Minister Adriana LaGrange in a press release.

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Increased cases among students

Chief Medical Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw says health officials are watching a sharp increase in cases among school-aged Albertans.

Social activities outside of school can easily spread the virus so please continue to adhere to the sanitary measures in place , she adds in a press release.

Currently, 453 schools are in an emergency or outbreak situation, or one in five schools.

Since January 11, 2,653 cases of COVID-19 have been linked to these outbreaks.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Adriana LaGrange clarified that the province’s decision was not taken following a request from health authorities, but from school boards themselves.

With this regional approach, we recognize that COVID-19 is not affecting all schools the same across the province., she explained.

The Minister specifies that she has not received similar requests from other school boards at this time.

Not enough resources

For her part, the official opposition critic for education, Sarah Hoffman, accuses the government of not having given schools the necessary resources to keep students and school staff safe.

<q data-attributes="{"lang":{"value":"fr","label":"Français","data":{"id":"fr","name":"Français"}},"value":{"html":"Pénurie de personnel, trop d’élèves en isolement, transmission communautaire: all these problems were predictable months ago and Jason Kenney did nothing “,” text “:” Shortage of staff, too many students in isolation, community transmission: all these problems were predictable months ago and Jason Kenney didn’t do anything “}}” lang = “fr”>Staff shortage, too many students in segregation, community transmission: all these problems were predictable months ago and Jason Kenney did nothing, she argues.

FrancoSud

The FrancoSud School Board says it will continue the in-person learning next week.

According to its communications coordinator, Antoine Begin, at present, only one of the 14 FrancoSud schools is on alert due to two cases of COVID-19. This school is located outside of Calgary.

He adds that no other school in the school board is reporting cases of COVID-19 at this time.

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