(Contributed image from Red Deer Public Schools).

Central Alberta students return to school Wednesday

Children across central Alberta are readying to return to the classroom this week.

Many of the 11,000 students in the Red Deer Public School system will be back to in-person learning on Wednesday, as COVID-19 cases in the city continue to rise.

The district intends to focus on Literacy and Numeracy, equity, and student success and completion for the 2021-22 school year.

“As we start the year, our division and our priorities continue to be at the foundation of what we do and these have resulted in significant success,” said Nicole Buchanan, board chair in a statement.

“Given the last 18 months, these priorities are even more vital as we begin this year. These priorities drive our day-to-day work and ensure that all students have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

According to the statement, the board of trustees has invested over $1 million for a COVID-19 recovery and resurgence plan this year that includes supporting students transitioning back to the classroom, learning supports, as well as mental health and wellness support.

“We want to ensure all students in Red Deer Public have a great school year, and are able to achieve their very best,” said Superintendent Chad Erickson.

Many of the over 10,000 students in the Red Deer Catholic Regional school board started classes Tuesday, with École Secondaire Notre Dame High School and St. Joseph High School Grade 11 and 12 students heading back Wednesday.

The majority of Wolf Creek Public Schools students will also be back in class Wednesday, as well as Chinook’s Edge and Clearview Public Schools.