Coronavirus: Calgary public school teachers given green light to work from home

The Calgary Board of Education, which represents 7,000 teachers, has announced that staff members can now work from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The CBE is committed to protecting the health and safety of our staff and communities,” CBE communications advisor Melissa Malcolm said in a statement to Global News.

“We have created temporary work-from-home guidelines that take effect March 18.”

On Sunday, the province announced that all schools and day cares in Alberta would be shut down due to growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Previously, teachers had been asked to keep working in schools.

“These are very challenging times,” Malcolm said. “We have determined that at this time all school-based staff, both teachers and support staff may work from home.”

Malcolm said there is exceptions and that at the least one principal, secretary and custodian must remain at the school.

On Tuesday, the Catholic School District had announced its staff would have the option of working from home.

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