Update on COVID-19 protocols for schools in Alberta scheduled for Friday morning

EDMONTON — Alberta is promising school districts the update on COVID-19 and back-to-school guidance they’ve been waiting for.

At the update Friday morning at 9:30 a.m., government officials are to provide direction about the fall return to classrooms and information about work being done to “protect public health in schools.”

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw and Adriana LaGrange, minister of education, will be there. Watch the news conference live at CTVNewsEdmonton.ca. 

Edmonton Catholic schools providing all-year learning returned to class this week with COVID-19 protocols from last year still in place in absence of any other formal guidance.

Some school trustees say they heard parent concerns about the fall and what they and their children should expect. And the Alberta Teachers Association (ATA) previously said that without direct guidance from the government, students and teachers are left with a feeling of anxiousness.

According to the ATA, those feelings are only exacerbated as the province removes mandatory quarantine requirements for those who test positive for the virus and stop asymptomatic testing.

The public school division in Edmonton asked the province to deliver a plan by Friday. 

More to come…

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