A Red Deer high school is temporarily shifting to online learning next week.
Alberta Education has approved Red Deer Public Schools’ request to move Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School students to temporary online learning at home, beginning Monday.
“The rise of COVID-19 cases in our community has resulted in ongoing pressures and strains on students, learning resources and staff,” said Chris Good, principal.
“This year has been challenging and difficult for students, parents and staff given the number of positive cases and required isolations needed. Our request was made for the best interests of our students and staff at Lindsay Thurber.”
Alberta Education has specific criteria to grant schools these measures and after reviewing our circumstances, they agreed we have met the criteria to move to temporary online learning.
In the last seven school days, Lindsay Thurber has had nine COVID-19 cases, resulting in 487 students and staff needing to self isolate.
By moving to temporary online learning, all students and staff will have equal access to learning, thus avoiding gaps with students coming and going, the school division said in a release Friday. Teachers will be providing information on their Google Classrooms to ensure continuity in their teaching.
“With two months of school remaining, we still have significant teaching and learning to take place to ensure students meet all outcomes. Red Deer Public Schools remains ready to pivot should any changes arise,” said Chad Erickson, superintendent of schools.
“As we have seen a rise in COVID-19 cases in our community, we want to remind families to remain vigilant and to take care of themselves.”