Cases rising, some high school classes cancelled after only one week back at school

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Most high schools are in exam breaks this month, even though all diploma exams are optional due to COVID-19. Still, high schools are assessing students in a variety of ways, with some teachers scheduling individual exams in classrooms later this month.

“Our high schools had initially communicated to families that they would run classes during the first week of our usual exam period (January 18 to 22). The schools shared clarification that these additional classes were now changed to be focused on credit recovery and extra support,” said CBE spokeswoman Megan Geyer.

“Students do have the ability to decide if they want to access these supports, or they are welcome to work from home during this period. Teachers are reaching out to students who require additional support.”

Other CBE schools are moving full grades to online, with Fairview Junior High School announcing all Grade 8 students will have to learn from home until at least Jan. 27 after confirming an outbreak with four positive cases.

Several schools, including Henry Wise Wood High School and Erin Woods elementary, are reporting two or more cases.

Students are seen outside Centennial High School in the SW on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Photo by Brendan Miller/Postmedia

As well, the Calgary Catholic School District has confirmed 45 new cases at 28 schools, including six cases at Apostles of Jesus School for grades K to 9.

Up to 1,005 students and 104 staff are already in self-isolation at CCSD.

On Tuesday, chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw confirmed 212 cases of COVID-19 are connected to active alerts at 147 Alberta schools, including two with outbreaks.

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