Back to school next week!

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Kindergarten to Grade 12 students are expected to resume in-person learning Monday, according to the local school districts.

Under provincial COVID restrictions junior and senior high school students have been learning remotely since the end of November.

In-school instruction normally would have resumed Jan. 4, but will instead resume Jan. 11 for all grades.

“Everyone’s retuning from kindergarten to Grade 12, so we’re looking forward to having the kids back,” said Karl Germann, Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools (GPCSD) superintendent.

“We were a little worried junior and senior high students would have to stay out all January.”

At Peace Wapiti School Division, superintendent Bob Stewart said in-person learning is also scheduled to begin Monday.

Germann said the return to in-person learning will benefit students who perform better when directly engaged, and teachers find it easier as well.

That said, students and staff were better prepared for remote learning this winter than they were last spring, Germann noted.

Meanwhile, Stewart said PWSD schools are ready for the students and staff are continuing to adhere to provincial guidelines, including enhanced cleaning.

At Valhalla Community School, principal Steve Mumert said the classrooms are ready for the students.

“It will be nice to have the students back,” Mumert said.

Under provincial measures children must go through the Alberta Health daily checklist before going to school.

Masks remain mandatory for Grade 4 to 12 students and all staff on buses and in shared areas.

Masks aren’t required when students are seated in classrooms.

Seating on school buses have also been assigned by household under the provincial measures.

Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News