Alberta’s education minister says school re-entry plan is working despite COVID-19 outbreaks, cases in schools



a person holding a kite while standing in the grass: Alberta Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange attends a ground-breaking at the site of Ecole a la Decouverte in Edmonton, Sept. 10, 2020.


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Alberta Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange attends a ground-breaking at the site of Ecole a la Decouverte in Edmonton, Sept. 10, 2020.

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says the government’s back-to-school plan is working, even as 24 cases of COVID-19 and three outbreaks have been linked to schools.

Concerns about school safety continued to dog LaGrange on Thursday at a groundbreaking in the Castle Downs neighbourhood of Edmonton for a new K-9 French school, École A la Decouverte.

LaGrange said she was confident the health guidelines and procedures for notifying parents when a case of COVID-19 is identified were rolling out well.

“We have a very strong plan and from what I’m hearing it is working,” she told reporters after the ceremony, referring to a meeting Wednesday with superintendents and school board representatives.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said at her Thursday

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The U.S. economy added 1.4 million jobs in August as businesses shuttered by the COVID-19 pandemic continued to reopen and bring back workers, more than offsetting a fresh wave of layoffs by firms that have exhausted their federal loans.

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The unemployment rate fell sharply to 8.4% from 10.2% in July, the Labor Department said Friday.

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August’s payroll gains were healthy but mark the second straight monthly slowdown in hiring after employers added a record 4.8 million positions in June and 1.8 million in July. That’s a troubling sign considering the nation has recouped slightly less than half the unprecedented 22 million

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