K-12 students return to in-person classes in all but one region of Alberta

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All kindergarten to Grade 12 students will return to in-person classes across Alberta except one region, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, which includes Fort McMurray.

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange made the announced on Wednesday afternoon, saying all kindergarten to Grade 12 students in the province would return to school on May 25.

This comes as all schools went online for most of the month after the education faced operational challenges caused by the rise of COVID-19 cases in the province.

ā€œIā€™m pleased our two-week plan has been successful in nearly all areas of the province. Everyone has worked hard to stop the spike and I am confident all students will finish the remainder of the school year in the classroom. I want to thank all students, parents, teachers and staff for their efforts and flexibility as we work to keep students learning,ā€ LaGrange said.

Meanwhile, the Alberta Board of Education said all schools in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (public, Catholic, charter and independent) will continue at-home learning for an additional week.

“Case numbers in this region have not been trending downward at the same rate as in other regions, which means a higher likelihood of continued in-school operational challenges,” according to a statement released by Alberta Board of Education.

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