Some students see class size jump as teachers shift to online learning

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After speaking with the principal, she said there’s now a greater effort to hold breaks outside, but she still has concerns.

Acadia School was photographed on Saturday, September 12, 2020. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia
Acadia School. Photo by Azin Ghaffari /Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

“I’m concerned about the 30 kids in one class,” said Shaw. “It’s going to be noisy, it’s going to be more cramped. But just from a learning point of view, it’s going to be more difficult.”

In a written statement, the Calgary Board of Education said it follows a process of making staff adjustments every year based on projected numbers and actual numbers.

“Families often move, change programs, or transfer schools between the time when principals make staffing decisions in the spring and the beginning of the school year, so it is not unusual for teaching assignments to change, or classes to be combined or split,” said the board in a written statement.

“Whether class sizes will increase, decrease or classes will be adjusted will vary depending on each individual school, their in-class and hub enrolment and the decisions each principal has made when planning their staffing for the 2020-21 school year.”

The Calgary Catholic School District is facing similar staffing redistribution challenges according to senior communications specialist Sandra Borowski, however she said the CCSD is using federal funds to keep class sizes at “similar levels.”

Neither school board was about to provide numbers about how many teachers had moved to online learning, saying the redistribution process is still underway.

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