Minister LaGrange sent an email to all School Board chairs and superintendents on May 1, 2020. Within her email, she indicated that as announced yesterday by Premier Kenney during the release of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy, the province has made the decision to not have students return to in-school classes for the remainder of the academic year. (student programming will continue with at-home learning)
The Minister indicated that she had spoken with many education partners since cancelling in-school classes indefinitely on March 15. She indicated that the predominant them from ASBA, ATA, CASS, ASCA, TAAPCS and AISCA was schools should only open again when it is safe to do so, and that would unlikely be in this school year.
She indicated that they continue to work on the re-entry plan and that it will be released in the weeks ahead.
She also indicated that no decisions have been made on any aspect of the re-entry plan and that proposals that ultimately appear in the re-entry plan will be subject to approval from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and subject to the terms of collective agreements.