Jason Kenney Says COVID-19 In Schools Is An 'Inevitability' & Refuses To Cut Class Sizes
"There is no world in which you could reduce class sizes."
Alberta's premier says he is prepared to handle COVID-19 outbreaks at schools.
Jason Kenney addressed back-to-school concerns on Tuesday, September 1, saying he expects some schools or classes to "suspend operations for a while" due to COVID-19 cases.
The inevitability of that should not be a reason for us indefinitely to keep the schools closed.
When asked about the Alberta Teachers' Association call to reduce classroom sizes, Kenney said it'd be unrealistic to open "13,000 new classes," build "800 new schools," and train tons of new teachers.
"There is no world in which you could reduce class sizes in half and reopen the schools for the current school year," said the premier.
Kenney said in the press conference that he supports Dr. Deena Hinshaw's back-to-school plan and defended her decision to in classrooms.