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Students’ perspectives on returning to class in Edmonton

In Edmonton and across Canada, back to school is knocking on our doors. This year, the return to class of students will be unusual because of COVID-19. The perspective of young people on this subject vacillates between haste and worry.

Rosie Goulet

“It’s going to be a little difficult, but that’s what you have to do to not spread the virus,” says Yadhiera, a ninth grade student at theJoseph-Moreau school. Distancing and wearing masks outside of classrooms will be a big challenge for students of all ages in elementary and high school.

Many young people choose to stay at home for health security reasons, but many want to go back to school. “It’s certainly a new experience and it will be weird at first, but I think we’ll get used to it and adapt,” says Pascal, a twelfth-grade student attending Maurice-Lavallée school.

Goodbye extracurricular activities …

Francophone schools have chosen to cancel all activities taking place outside of regular class hours. This choice was made to eliminate as much travel as possible.

But what do those to whom these activities were dedicated to entertain themselves after their working day think? “I don’t find it fun, but I understand why they do that,” says Anaïs, a student at the Joseph-Moreau school in ninth grade.

Whether it is theater lessons, basketball, volleyball, music, robotics, or any other sport and martial art, these activities will not be present for this school year, to the dismay of young students.


Accepting the sanitary rules, a challenge!

Some concerns go through the minds of schoolchildren about this school year. “I’m afraid of two things. That we have to go home to study online, because I prefer school much more physically. My second fear is that I catch or transmit Covid-19, ”explains Yadhiera.

Despite these fears and questions related to the start of the school year, there is hope. “I hope there will be no more the pandemic, but if it is still present, I hope that the management will give us more chance to do stuff than just stay in our classes,” says Anaïs.

Accepting the sanitary rules will be a challenge. “These are not things that I’m going to like as such,” admits Pascal. “But it’s good to respect them because it will reduce cases, and keep everyone safe. Not only the students, but also the members of the administration, ”he says.

Are the students safe back to school?

Many seem to be asking this question: “Is the return to school safe?” Some think so, thanks to the procedures to be followed put in place. “I would say it’s a good idea because we will be able to follow the restrictions. It will help a lot of students to learn at school again, while remaining in a healthy and safe environment for the students, ”explains Pascal.

Others are more pessimistic. “Honestly, I don’t think so, because I see all this scary news, but I still want to go to school, even if the cases are rising,” says Yadhiera.

Both of them hope to rediscover an ordinary school life. But for now, they will have to wait behind their masks.

Young feathers

This spring, many young people took up the Gazette Challenges offered by Francophonie Jeunesse Alberta (FJA). As a reminder, participants had to imagine and submit the front page of a Franco-Albertan newspaper in 2030.

There is no doubt that Le Franco will still be relevant on this date. The four winners were announced at the end of May. Simon-Pierre Poulin, the newspaper’s director, offered each of them a paid internship.

This is how last week Rosie Goulet, 14, and Axel Genereux, 15, learned how to run ink on your community newspaper.