Thursday , 17 June 2021
St. Paul Education Regional Division building.

SPERD schools now start class September 8th

St. Paul Education schools have pushed back the start date of classes.

On Monday, SPERD announced that the first day for students will now be Tuesday, Sept. 8, as school divisions have been given the ability from Alberta Education to delay the start of school.

“St. Paul Education firmly believes that a delayed start will give the additional time needed to finalize preparations for the new school year in these unusual circumstances,” SPERD said on Monday in a written statement.

“This Board-approved decision to delay the first day of school will also ensure that teachers and staff have an opportunity to review the COVID-19 guidelines, set up classrooms and schools to support physical distancing, and adjust lesson plans to support students and families who have chosen at-home learning.”

These schools will still do a staggered return, with half of students coming to class on Sept. 8, and the other half arriving first on Sept. 9.

The first date with all kids in class is Thursday, Sept. 10.

Each school will inform parents which day their child is expected to attend by Friday, August 28.

The original start date was next Wednesday.

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