Students in Alberta will head back to school for in-person classes starting Monday, January 11.
That’s the original date the province has planned to send students back to class since November. Premier Jason Kenney made the announcement at a press conference Thursday, saying he made the decision based on low case numbers in school-age children and the benefits associated with attending school.
“Schools play a key role in supporting student learning as well as their mental health, emotional health, and overall well-being,” he said.
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Students in Grades 7 to 12 were sent home early for the winter break in November, continuing their studies online. Then, all students in the K-12 system were told to stay home for an extra week at the beginning of January to curb COVID-19 transmission.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said cases in school-age children decreased at similar rates to the rest of the population once stricter public health measures were implemented.
She also added extra-curricular activities and sports were more of a driver of infection than classroom time, and those have not yet resumed.