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Summer school? Alberta government addresses schools in economic relaunch

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Ever thought of your kids going back to school in late summer?

Well, that concept was floated Thursday (Apr. 30) as the province announced its COVID-19 economic relaunch plan.

Premier Jason Kenney was asked about schools re-opening.

He says in-school classes will not resume before the end of June, however he noted there are discussions about the possibility of summer classes and specialized programs.

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“We are looking at whether we can, later in the summer regain some of the time that’s been lost in this academic year by bringing the schools back earlier,” says Kenney. “Again all of that is subject to consultation with school boards and the advice of the chief medical officer.”

Kenney said during his relaunch press conference that the UCP government is in discussions with school boards about allowing some limited re-opening on a trial basis. “That would take into account the possibility of summer classes and specialized programs, providing schools with more detailed guidance, for example of the number of students permitted and physical distancing.”

The Premier stated Education Minister Adriana LaGrange is currently consulting with school boards on things, but school will not be open as a general rule for the balance of this academic year.

Students have been taking online virtual classes since March, when schools were closed across the province.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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