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MacDonald, who did not return Postmedia’s messages at her school, has also invited provincial government officials to tour Bowness. But Colin Aitchison, press secretary for LaGrange, suggested school visitors are not a good idea.
“Few parts of our society have been left untouched by COVID-19, and it’s unfortunately unavoidable that schools experience some cases. It’s also important to remember that students are not isolated outside of school. One only needs to look outside to see ample examples of school-age children in public outside of school hours,” Aitchison said.
“Regarding distancing, many schools are adjusting their daily calendars to allow for staggered bell times to minimize traffic in the hallways. Since situations will vary from school to school, this is a decision each school and school authority will have to make together,” Aitchison added.
“Regarding the principal’s invitation, the Minister is not opposed to visiting schools if appropriate, but the advice of public health officials and the school divisions has been to avoid unnecessary visitors. For example, schools are not currently allowing parents entry to the facilities. Any invitation would be evaluated based on advice from local school divisions and public health officials.”
Officials with Alberta Health Services and the Calgary Board of Education provided no details or confirmation on the cases by midday Tuesday.
As confusion at Bowness continues around who is being quarantined and why, other parents are posting letters to schools online confirming new COVID-19 cases, including a new case at Bridlewood School, and another at Lester B. Pearson High School.