COVID-19 in schools inevitable, cost to reduce class sizes unrealistic: Kenney

04 Septembre, 2020, 02:06 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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		Eight of Alberta’s 164 new COVID cases are in South Health Zone				Sep 1 2020 3:39 PM

That includes money for staffing, adapted learning spaces, cleaning for schools and buses and funding for special needs supports and online learning.

The province will distribute most of the $262.8 million in federal funding, announced last week by Prime Minister Trudeau, to boards as a per-student grant, Education Minister AdrianaLaGrange said Wednesday.

The federal funding will immediately flow to school authorities once it is received from the federal government. "Over the summer, teachers and staff have worked tirelessly to apply our public health guidance to prepare for a return to the classroom".

"The school environment can not completely eliminate the possibility of COVID exposure, which is why families must make the choice that is right for them, and there is no wrong decision".

Across the province, 50 people were being treated in hospital for COVID-19, including 10 in ICU beds.

In a statement, Edmonton Catholic Schools spokeswoman Lori Nagy said all schools have a designated quarantine room for staff and students who become ill while at school.

His remarks come after a school in Okotoks, south of Calgary, delayed its planned reopening because a staff member was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

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For the Grande Prairie area, that will equate to over $6.9 million coming to the three local school divisions.

The school division also said it's still waiting for the delivery of hand sanitizer, masks, face shields and thermometers from the Alberta government.

"Where we have classes (of) 35 kids a class, reduce that by eight kids ... which will maximize physical distancing ... and that's reasonable and attainable", he said.

On Tuesday, Premier Jason Kenney said to cut class sizes in half would cost the province $4 billion, but the ATA says that is not what it's asking for.

Schilling said they are just asking for the larger class sizes with 30 or more students to be reduced a little bit.

"It's simply fictitious. It has nothing to do with reality".

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