Clearview Public Schools had slight enrolment increase in September. (Image from Facebook)

Central Alberta school shifting to temporary at-home learning due to COVID-19 cases

Donalda School begins at-home learning Monday

Donalda School is temporarily shifting all grades to online learning due to positive COVID-19 tests.

The school has been deemed an alert by Alberta Health Services, Clearview Public Schools superintendent Brenda MacDonald said Sunday.

According to Support Our Students Alberta, there have been three cases at the school since Friday.

“The cases we are dealing with starting Friday, March 12 are having a significant impact on our entire school community, with at least 44 per cent of our students needing to isolate as well as several staff members,” said MacDonald.

The temporary shift began Monday and will last until March 26. Additionally, the school’s spring break begins Monday, March 29 through April 5.

“In collaboration with Alberta Health Services and Alberta Education, we will reassess whether we will move to in-person or continue online learning the weekend prior to April 3,” said MacDonald.

Monday was a non-student day as staff and students prepared for the transition to at-home learning.

“Instruction and learning opportunities will be offered using a combination of online and paper-based materials,” said MacDonald.

“Classroom teachers will provide a detailed schedule so that students will have direct access to them at specified times during the day. This will ensure that we will be able to keep moving forward with the curriculum and continue the strong learning that is happening within classes.”

Parents and guardians of students who will require technology are asked to contact their school.

“The school will arrange a place and time for technology pick up. Please also contact the school if there are any belongings that need to be picked up at the school.

“Please know that this decision was not made lightly and as we continue to realize the strains that COVID-19 places on us we need to be flexible with our decision making and put our students and their learning and wellbeing at the center of all conversations and decisions.”



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