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Online classes begin for some Alberta students amid rising COVID-19 cases

Last Updated Apr 19, 2021 at 7:04 am MDT

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CALGARY – Thousands of students in Calgary and in northern Alberta are shifting to online learning Monday because of rising COVID-19 infection rates.

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange said last week that students in grades 7 through 12 from the Calgary Board of Education and the Catholic School Division would make the move to remote classes.

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School divisions in Fort McMurray also announced Friday that students in those same grades would be learning from home.

LaGrange said soaring infection rates have put schools under “operational pressures,” sometimes resulting in severe staff shortages.

Alberta currently has the highest rate of active COVID-19 cases in the country, with more than 400 infections per 100,000 people.

On Sunday night, Premier Jason Kenney announced the province is lowering the minimum age to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to 40 from 55.