It’s back to school for Alberta students this fall, as the province announced Tuesday that in-person classes will resume in September following the shutdown that began mid-March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
New measures will be in place to help protect students and teachers, but public health authorities acknowledged that new cases of the virus are likely to be found in Alberta schools.
Premier Jason Kenney said his government made the decision to order classes back in session after watching other jurisdictions closely.
“The overwhelming evidence is that schools can be operated safely with little health risk for children and teachers and low risk of causing serious outbreaks in the communities that surround them,” the premier said.
He cited nationwide infection rates in Denmark, which dropped despite its schools reopening in April and May. Kenney said the same thing happened in the Netherlands, while cases remained stable after schools reopened in Finland, Belgium and Austria.