A child who’s too anxious about the COVID-19 pandemic to return to school. An immunocompromised single mom whose doctor recommended keeping her daughter out of classes. A parent who feels the Alberta government’s return to school plan is “reckless.” These are just some of the Calgarians making the heart-wrenching decision to opt for the public school system’s online learning this fall rather than sending kids back to the classrooms.
Registration for the Calgary Board of Education’s short-term Hub online learning program opened this week. It’s meant as an alternative for families who aren’t comfortable returning for “near-normal” in-person learning with the ongoing pandemic.
For Tamara Rose, who has shared her experience with the education system with CBC News since the outset of the pandemic, keeping her seven-year-old daughter home in September is a necessity.
“My doctor didn’t recommend for me to put her back into class,” she said. “So now