Following an extended winter break Alberta students in kindergarten to Grade 12 returned to classrooms Jan. 10, 2022.
The return to school was announced by Education Minister Adriana LaGrange on Wednesday Jan. 5, 2022.
“Children who learn in person belong in the classroom and they will be there with the added safety of rapid tests and medical-grade masks,” LaGrange stated Wednesday.
LaGrange said that the government was to begin distributing masks and rapid tests last week and all schools should see their initial shipments by the end of this week.
Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw added Wednesday Jan.5, 2022, “There is a very high transmission risk right now and I continue to advise that people do everything they can to minimize the number of close contacts they have.”
“However, I also believe that if we were to shut schools across the entire province, we would be imposing much greater harm on all of those students by not allowing them the opportunity for in-school learning at this time.”
Following the return to school exam schedules at some Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools (WRPS) including Wetaskiwin Composite High School (WCHS) and Pigeon Lake Regional School (PLRS) have been modified.
The province also announced that all diploma exams scheduled to be written this January will be cancelled and teachers in those classes will prepare a final exam for students.
At WCHS the last day of classes and exam schedule has been shifted to:
• Friday Jan. 21, 2022: last day of classes for core subjects in Grades 9 to 12 including math, science, english and social studies.
• Tuesday Jan. 25, 2022: last day of classes for options classes, physical education and K&E courses for Grades 9 to 12.
• Wednesday Jan. 26, 2022: last day of classes for alternate education students including GOALS, RLS, and ALS.
Final exams for core subjects will take place on Jan. 24 and Jan.25, 2022.
Exams will be written from Jan. 25-27 at PLRS.