A Grade 12 central Alberta student who refused to follow the province’s mandatory mask rule was asked to leave the school on Wednesday.
Clearview Public Schools, which is centred in Stettler, asks for masks to be worn in required areas, including in common areas and hallways, and for students in Grade 4 to 12.
“Where a student refuses to wear a mask and where age appropriate, the legal guardian will be asked to pick up the student from the school,” a Clearview Public Schools statement said Thursday.
“Where a student or staff member requires accommodation to the need to wear a mask due to physical, medical, or mental health considerations, these accommodations are provided.”
The same statement said the district, which is comprised of a dozen schools, regrets “that one of our Clearview families has chosen to communicate on social media regarding an incident involving a student at one of our schools, and Clearview continues to seek conversations with any family that has questions on what we can do together.
“Clearview would like all our families to know that we are seeking to be compliant with the direction provided by Alberta Education and the chief medical officer, and that we want to ensure a safe learning environment for all staff and students.
“Together and with understanding, it is our belief that we can all be successful.”
In the event that any person refuses to leave school property by request of the school principal in accordance with the Education Act, the student (if age appropriate) and/or the legal guardian would be informed that RCMP may be requested for supports, the statement said.
Police did not have direct involvement with this incident.