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Alberta students return to in-person learning as thousands of teachers, school staff off sick

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On Monday as students headed back to class, hundreds of teachers and support staff in Edmonton alone were off sick. Breanna Karstens-Smith speaks with families and school boards on the first day back from the extended holiday break.

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