Normally, September is when excited youngsters hurry back to school to reconnect with friends and begin to plot new and exciting ways to avoid homework. But, we know that September 2020 will be different.
The coronavirus pandemic has been a part of our day-to-day lives for nearly six months and has changed our habits and routines. Albertans have done an admirable job listening to the advice from public health officials and have worked together to reduce the spread of COVID-19, protecting our most vulnerable and ensuring our healthcare system was not overwhelmed.
Alberta’s Education Minister, Adrianna LaGrange, has worked closely with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, as well as Alberta Health, school boards, and superintendents to develop Alberta’s back-to-school re-entry plan. We have acted with the best possible information and are committed to making sure that we make any adjustments we need to, so that we can keep kids safe.
The measures we are taking include: frequent cleaning of surfaces, introducing hand sanitizers to school and classroom entrances, grouping students in cohorts, and adjusting schedules to allow for greater physical distancing. To prepare or to get more information, parents can go to alberta.ca/returntoschool.
And, while kids and teachers return to school, we know that folks still need to get back to work. That’s why we launched Alberta’s Recovery Plan. It’s a bold, ambitious plan to create more than 50,000 jobs and diversify our economy. We are building roads, bridges, schools, and other infrastructure Albertans rely on while making life better with investments that will allow our province to grow in the future.
Albertans came together at the outset of this pandemic to save lives. Now, while we move to gradually re-open our economy and our schools safely, we must continue to work together to make sure that Alberta continues to be the best place to live, work, and raise a family.