COVID-19: Face masks for Alberta students, school staff to be delivered Friday


Thousands of non-medical face masks will be delivered to schools in Alberta by the end of the day on Friday, August 28, the government said on Friday, as part of the province’s COVID-19 back-to-school plan.“At the end of the day today, each school division should have received their shipments of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before the 2020-2021 school year,” said Education Minister Adriana LaGrange and the Minister of Municipal Affairs Tracy Allard.

“Alberta remains the only province in Canada to provide school authorities with PPE directly for their students, teachers and school staff.”

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The government announced earlier this month that it would provide two reusable, non-medical masks to every student and staff in schools across the province. At the time, he said he would order 1.7 million masks.

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The province has also made masks mandatory for all students in Grades 4 to 12, but some school boards have made it mandatory for all grades, with a few exceptions.

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In addition to the masks, each teacher and staff member will receive a face shield and schools will each receive two non-contact thermometers and a total of 466,000 liters of hand sanitizer will be sent to schools.

“Next week, as schools begin to reopen their doors to their students, they will do so with the PPE they need to keep their staff and students safe,” the ministers said.

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“This PPE, combined with Alberta’s strong school reintegration plan and health guidelines, will help support a successful return to school.

Masks required at all Calgary K-12 public and Catholic schools

Masks required at all Calgary K-12 public and Catholic schools

According to Darlene Unruh, director of education at the Calgary Board of Education, teachers will be responsible for distributing the masks to their students.

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“The teachers would have received their masks at the start of the day yesterday from their principals and at the start of the staggered entry,” Unruh said. “Teachers will distribute these masks to their students.”

“We also have disposable masks in case children or staff feel more comfortable with a disposable mask.”

Unruh said CBE schools will post their reintegration plans on their websites on Friday, and parents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with them before the first day of school.

School staff took to social media on Friday to criticize the masks they said were provided by the government. They indicated that they were too fat and did not cover their faces properly.

Twitter user Erin James shared a video of her putting on a large white mask that did not cover her nose or mouth, with the caption “Rachel [Notley] wouldn’t have given us those unnecessary masks.

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Education Department press secretary Colin Aitchison took to Twitter in response, saying the “ill-fitting” masks shown in videos and photos were “neither bought nor provided by the government “.

“Province-provided masks are available in multiple sizes to ensure staff and students have properly fitted masks,” Aitchison said.

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He also provided photos of the two styles of masks the government gives to schools – the majority of which are provided by Old Navy, the others by IFR Workwear.

“Individual school authorities may have provided their own masks in addition to the provinces, but these ill-fitting masks are not from the government,” Aitchison said.

Students will return to classrooms under Back-to-School Scenario 1 in September, which means almost normal operations with some health measures.

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