About 110 students from Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools participated in March for Life rally in Edmonton May 9. (File photo by Advocate staff)

St. Joseph High School in Red Deer moves back to online learning

Students will be learning online until at least March 12

Students at St. Joseph High School will move back to online learning this week.

As of March 1, students will be learning at home until March 12, states a letter sent to parents on Feb. 28.

“Due to the number of students and staff in quarantine, we recognized that we needed to look at other possibilities for alternative learning,” the letter states.

According to the letter, the school was granted a short-term operational shift and will revisit a return to in-person learning around March 12.

In the letter, the school also asked students and parents to limit social contact outside the school whenever possible.

“We continue to remind our school community about the importance of limiting social contact not only while at school, but outside of school hours,” the letter read.

“We are closely watching the impact of COVID-19 cases in our province and we need your help. Please speak to your children and remind them the importance of being more diligent than ever. We know that they are socially driven and are yearning for more regular social interactions.

“We are concerned outside interactions could continue to negatively impact our daily school operations. We recognize this has been a long haul, we are praying for ‘normalcy’ to return again.”

The school is still listed as an outbreak with 10-plus cases according to the government’s COVID-19 website. According to Support our Schools, an online advocacy group for students, the school has had 10 COVID-19 cases since Jan. 1. The school was also in online learning in early February, before returning to in-person classes on Feb. 8.

St. Thomas Aquinas School in Red Deer is also listed as an outbreak with 10 or more cases. Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School, St. Patrick’s Community School and St. Teresa of Avila School all have between five and nine COVID-19 cases.

Several Red Deer schools are on alert status with two to four cases including, St. Francis of Assisi, Father Henri Voisin, G.H. Dawe Community School, Ecole Camille J Lerouge and Glendale Sciences and Technology School.

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