Help for Alberta kids

B.C. schools are preparing to take in some of the 12,000 children of school age who have been forced to evacuate Fort McMurray.

B.C. schools are preparing to take in some of the 12,000 children of school age who have been forced to evacuate Fort McMurray due to wildfire.

Education Minister Mike Bernier said he has been in touch with the Alberta minister to keep track of students who come to B.C., so they can return to some of their normal routines.

“We sent a letter to all of our school districts that when we have students coming from Alberta into B.C., that we’re going to open our arms, make sure that they’re welcomed into the school system and try to help them complete the end of the school year,” Bernier said.

The Fort McMurray fire destroyed homes and businesses as it swept through the town, but schools were spared, as were the hospital and airport.