For Division-specific information and updates for parents, please click the link below:
Jan. 7 UPDATE:
The decision to return to in-class learning is based on the latest evidence which shows that before the winter break, new case rates in schools plateaued and then dropped in December, once restrictions on social gatherings and group activities were in place.
“I want to recognize the effort of school staff, teachers and parents to follow health measures and help us keep classrooms safe for Alberta students. I’m confident this effort will continue and we’ll see a successful return to in-person learning to the benefit of all students.”
Jason Kenney, Premier
“Schools play a critical role in supporting student learning as well as their emotional health and overall well-being. In September, the vast majority of parents chose in-person learning for their children during the pandemic and schools have been diligently following the extensive health measures in place. A return to school will provide our students with the familiar daily routine of learning in class and will restore some sense of normalcy for both students and families amidst these unusual times.”
Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education
Dec. 8 UPDATE:
Today, the Alberta government released a series of new restrictions to help address the COVID-19 pandemic.
These changes do not include additional measures for schools. The adjustments made on November 30 to move Grades 7 to 12 students to at-home learning until January 11, 2021, and to move ECS to Grade 6 students to at-home learning following the winter break until January 11, will continue.
As Dr. Hinshaw and I have said, these measures were based on:
- in-school transmission occurring at relatively low levels;
- moving older students to at-home and away from the school for a longer period will help limit the spread of COVID-19, as they are at a higher risk of transmitting the virus compared to younger children;
- at-home learning will help deal with operational and staffing challenges;
- a shorter time at-home for younger students balances reducing possible transmission events following the winter break with the challenges that come with younger children learning at-home – from an academic, social, emotional and family perspective.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will make further adjustments as necessary. Thank you again for all your efforts to adhere to health measures to keep students and staff safe.
Minister of Education
Alberta Health Services daily UPDATE:
The latest update from AHS, from Jan. 19, can be found here: AHS UPDATE.
For a link to the Jan. 19 video update from Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, please visit the following link: JAN19UPDATE.
Help Prevent the Spread video:
Government of Canada information:
The Government of Canada has released a Question and Answer document on COVID-19 for your reference. They closely monitor travelers returning from travel to Canada and address issues as they present.
The document can be found here: QUESTIONSANDANSWERS
Public Health Agency of Canada's Travel Health Advisories page can be found here: ADVISORIES.
World Health Organization information:
The latest information from the World Health Organization can be found here: WORLDHEALTHORGANIZATION
The WHO's bulletins for updated travel advice can be found here: BULLETINS.
Lethbridge School Division will continue to keep families and staff informed as the Division moves forward, and as any further updates are received from Alberta Education and Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services.