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There is no evidence that Waverley’s school will have to switch to a different learning model due to its COVID-19 outbreak, according to Hinshaw. Other staff and students are not at risk and the school has done nothing wrong, she said.
She added that more than 2,350 schools in Alberta have yet to report a single case of COVID-19 and urged Albertans not to target or stigmatize affected schools.
To date, 57 schools in Alberta have confirmed at least one case of the novel coronavirus, with 78 cases in these schools. Of these, 13 are considered to have outbreaks, meaning there are two or more confirmed cases at school. Seven of these schools are in Calgary.
Calgary’s St. Wilfrid Elementary is the only school in the province currently under “watch” status, which means the school has at least five cases of COVID-19. Hinshaw said earlier in the week that there was no evidence of spread at the school in St. Wilfrid among staff or students.
The NDP opposition has slammed the UCP government over news of the school transmission to Waverley School, calling on Education Minister Adriana LaGrange to answer questions from the media during a update on COVID-19.
“I am deeply concerned to learn of the first case of transmission of COVID-19 at school. My heart goes out to the students, staff, families and the community at Waverley School, ”NDP Education Critic Sarah Hoffman said in a statement.
“It is not too late for this government to prevent new cases of transmission in schools. I urge Minister LaGrange to cap class sizes at 15 (and) provide additional space and staff.