Edmonton Catholic school teachers can work from home beginning Monday

EDMONTON — Teachers at Edmonton Catholic schools who are delivering their classes online will be allowed to work from home beginning Monday.

Edmonton Catholic Schools released its decision in a memo sent out to schools this week, saying it wants to help keep people safe and support the province’s new public health measures.

“Staff that are able to effectively do their job from home may do so,” the memo reads. “You may have some staff that feel they are unable to work from home. They may work from school/site but must make every effort to remain distanced, even isolated from all others, within the school.”

Custodial staff and one administrator will remain on site at each school. Students with special needs who require support will also be allowed to continue to go to school.

All staff will return to their schools on Jan. 11, 2021.

The work-from-home plan does not apply to elementary schools.

The province announced a new public health state of emergency on Nov. 24. All students in Grades 7 to 12 moved to at-home schooling for the rest of 2020. All Alberta students will do a week of online school after the December break before returning to the classroom on Jan. 11.

Premier Jason Kenney announced new restrictions on Dec. 8, banning all social gatherings, closing restaurants, gyms and hair salons, and making masks mandatory across the province to curb the spread of COVID-19.

CTV News Edmonton reached out to the Edmonton Public School Board to see if it is taking the same approach as ECSD. A spokesperson said they are looking into it.

More details to come…

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