Two Fort McMurray Public Schools are moving select grades to online learning from April 12 to 16 because 226 students and 25 staff are quarantining. There are at least 14 people with COVID-19, including 11 variant cases.
At École Dickinsfield, students in the Early Childhood Development Program and up to Grade 3 will move online. The school has 11 staff and 119 students within those grades in quarantine. FMPSD says 10 students have tested positive for COVID-19, including seven students with the variant originating from the United Kingdom.
Cases have been contained to early year students and families after some of these families attended the Wheaton-Penney Childcare Centre, which has a COVID-19 outbreak, and the school.
The Fort McMurray Islamic School is moving Kindergarten to Grade 9 to online learning now that 14 staff and 107 students are in quarantine. Confirmed cases include four U.K. variant cases.
“As these grades move to online learning, the administrative team will be able to work out technology-related logistics as needed for students,” said FMPSD Superintendent Jennifer Turner in a release. “We are able to accommodate any students who cannot find childcare options. Staff not in isolation are able to remain in the building to access teaching materials.”
The division is reminding parents and staff to watch for any signs or symptoms of the virus. Anyone with symptoms should stay home and fill out the AHS assessment or call Health Link 881.