With the rest of in-school classes cancelled for this academic year in Alberta, the province is now starting to look ahead to the next year.
The government is considering three possible scenarios come September. Either normal school operations resume, schools are partially reopened with restrictions in place, or at-home learning continues.
“Those decisions were made with the information that we had at the time and a very quickly evolving pandemic with very high costs,” Education Minister Adriana Lagrange said.
“That being said, (…) yesterday we rolled out the funding profiles to every school division across this province.”
Lagrange says there are a lot of unknowns, such as any costs associated with the partial reopening.
“This pandemic changes day-to-day, sometimes hour-to-hour, (and) we may have to be able to transition between scenarios very, very quickly.”
“So, we are looking at all of those aspects, including how many PPEs would be appropriate for a child to utilize in a day, or for a teacher.”
There are no current timelines established as to when school boards should be notified of a decision.