While the changes don’t impact the majority of Grande Prairie students, their counterparts across Alberta will be getting an extended winter break as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across the province.
Education Minister Adriana LaGrange called a late afternoon press conference Thursday to announce K-12 classes won’t be resuming until Monday, January 10th province-wide.
She also says diploma exams, which were set to begin that week, will be cancelled.
Here in the Peace Country, only École Nouvelle Frontière had planned to return students to class on January 4th, with the Grande Prairie Public School Division, Peace Wapiti Public School Division and Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools already scheduled to return on January 10th.
Meanwhile, LaGrange says the province has also secured 8.6 million at-home rapid tests and will be distributing them to Alberta schools when classes resume along with 16.5 million medical grade masks.
She says she’ll have more details next week on what a return to school plan will look like.