St. Thomas Aquinas School, a middle school in Red Deer is transitioning to online learning.
Students will temporarily shift to online learning starting Friday, until Feb. 26. Parents will be notified if students are to return to school before March 1. Students are also on winter break from Feb. 15 to 19.
“Please know that this decision was not made lightly and as we continue to realize the strains that COVID-19 places on us,” said Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools superintendent in a letter to parents date Feb. 12.
“We need to be flexible with our decision making and put our students and their learning at the center of all conversations.”
On to the Alberta government’s school status map, St. Thomas Aquinas has an outbreak, with between five and nine cases.
According to the Support Our Students website, an independent outlet reporting COVID-19 cases in schools, the school has had five cases since Jan. 5.
St. Joseph High School in Red Deer is still listed on outbreak status, with more than 10 COVID-19 cases. They shifted to online learning in late January and returned to school this week. Other Central Alberta schools with COVID-19 outbreaks include Lacombe Composite High School (5-9 cases), Red Deer’s St. Teresa Avila School (5-9 cases) and Sylvan Lake’s Mother Teresa School (5-9 cases).
Central Alberta schools on alert (2-4 cases) include Lindsay Thurber High School, St. Francis of Assisi, Glendale Sciences of Technology School, Alix School and St. Gregory The Great Catholic School.