More than two-thirds of Edmonton Public Schools students to return to in-person classes

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More than two-thirds of students at Edmonton Public Schools are expected to return to in-person classes in September during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of Tuesday, Edmonton Public Schools said it is planning for 70.4 per cent of students to return to in-person classes and 29.6 per cent to take online classes when the school year starts next Thursday.

Megan Normandeau, spokeswoman for Edmonton Public Schools, cautioned that the numbers are not final because schools are contacting families who have yet to communicate their decision. Friday was the deadline to choose how students will be learning during the first quarter of the school year.

Broken down, there are 63,873 students who will return to in-person classes while 26,832 have chosen online. The 2019-2020 school year had a total of 104,930 students enrolled in Edmonton Public Schools.

Normandeau said the numbers will fluctuate for the first few weeks as parents continue to enrol their children.

Meanwhile, Edmonton Catholic Schools has extended its deadline to this coming Friday for parents to choose whether their children will learn online or in person. Spokeswoman Lori Nagy said their back to school numbers are be expected to be released early next week.

Edmonton Catholic students return to school on Sept. 2 while Edmonton public students return on Sept. 3.

Meanwhile, the trustees with the Black Gold School Division in Nisku voted Monday to delay the start of the school year to Sept. 8 and include additional instructional time.

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