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Enrolment down slightly in Chinook's Edge schools

Just over 300 students less than the previous year
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River Valley School students in Sundre participate in the annual Terry Fox Run on Sept. 30. Compared to last year, there are 314 less students enrolled in Chinook's Edge School Division schools for the 2020-21 school year. Submitted photo

INNISFAIL -  Student enrolment in Chinook's Edge School Division schools is down slightly from the previous school year.

Trustees were given an update on enrolment for the 2020-2021 school year during the Oct. 7 board meeting.

As of Sept. 30, enrolment stood at 10,803, down 314 from last year.

“This includes approximately seven per cent of students who chose remote learning, predominantly as a result of COVID-19,” the division said in a press release.

“The board acknowledged the remote learning team of 10 teachers under the guidance of division principal Rod Maclean, who quickly struck an entire K-8 program to facilitate student learning online.”

Grade 9-12 remote learners are being supported through the division’s Career High schools.

“Although they indicated the optimal learning situation for students is face-to-face with teachers and classroom staff in schools, trustees appreciated the impressive efforts to facilitate remote learning to address student needs during the time of COVID-19.”