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All Alberta Students From Grade 7-12 Will Go Back To Distance Learning Next Week

They won't go back to school until January 11.
All Alberta Students From Grade 7-12 Will Go Back To Distance Learning Next Week

On Tuesday, November 24, Jason Kenney announced a number of increased restrictions in Alberta to combat the spread of COVID-19. Among the new orders were some big changes to Alberta schools

The premier announced that all students in grades seven through 12 will "end in-person schooling for the balance of 2020" beginning on November 30.

Students will go back to distance learning until December 18 when they will begin their winter break. "In-person learning for all students will be delayed a week after the holiday until January 11," said Kenney

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Teenagers are much more likely to transmit the virus than younger children. A longer period away for these older students will help to reduce broader community transmission. Jason Kenney

The politician explained that keeping younger kids in schools will help parents continue to work and ensure child care services aren't overflowing. 

He said the long winter break will help curb community transmission following the holidays. 

The adjustment to schooling restrictions came alongside several other new measures on Tuesday. 

The province officially declared a state of public health emergency and all indoor gatherings were banned, effective immediately. 

Business operations and guidelines have also been adjusted along with celebrations and religious and spiritual gatherings. 

Premier Jason Kenney has just announced that the province will be taking measures to plan for a "worst-case" scenario as Alberta's COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

During a COVID-19 update on Tuesday, September 21, the premier said that he'd been in touch with different agencies to plan what the response would be in dire circumstances.

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Alberta's cabinet just got shuffled by Premier Jason Kenney, and the province's health minister has been replaced.

On Tuesday, September 21, the premier announced that Tyler Shandro would no longer be the minister of health. He will now take over as the minister of labour and immigration, replacing Jason Copping, who will be stepping in as health minister.

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As of Monday, September 20, Alberta's new vaccine passport system is officially up and running.

Businesses in the province must now choose whether or not to opt-in to what the government has dubbed as the Restrictions Exemption Program.

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The Guelph Police are investigating students having their drinks spiked at the University of Guelph with an "unknown substance" after receiving information from the university.

Police say four complaints have been made. "Two of the complaints are related to a recent house party in the south end of Guelph, and two are related to a small on-campus gathering last month," according to a press release.

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