Alberta students, except in north, to return to in-person classes after long weekend

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EDMONTON — Alberta's education minister says all kindergarten to Grade 12 students — other than some in northern Alberta — can return to schools following the May long weekend.

Adriana LaGrange says students in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, which includes Fort McMurray, will learn from home for an extra week due to high COVID-19 case counts in the area.

She says those students are expected to return to in-person learning on May 31.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical officer of health, says it's safe for most children to go back to school.

She says COVID-19 cases in school-aged Albertans fall in line with infection rates in the community.

Hinshaw announced another 908 new COVID-19 cases and six additional deaths due to the virus.

A total of 685 people are in hospital, with 185 of those patients in intensive care.

The Canadian Press