COVID-19: LaGrange and Hinshaw to provide update on return to in-class learning this afternoon

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Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw will provide an update on the return to in-class learning for kindergarten to Grade 12 at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Students are expected to return to in-person classes on May 25 after the government moved most classes online earlier this month amid the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At a press conference Tuesday, Hinshaw said the decision to move classes online was made by the department of education based on operational concerns, not because of a public health need, and that she would be comfortable sending her kids back to school as scheduled.

The department has yet to release details on what metrics it will be using to make a final decision on returning to in-class learning or what the benchmark will be for going back to online only classes.

On a live Facebook event Tuesday, Premier Jason Kenney said he anticipates “almost all parts of the province” will return to in-class learning May 25 but added that there are “one or two regions” where COVID-19 is continuing to grow including amongst younger people where officials may have to be “cautious.”

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