Fort McMurray Christian School is switching classes to online learning from April 12 to 16 after 69 per cent of staff and 126 students went into quarantine. The B117 variant is confirmed in one case.
The school, which includes classes from Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP) and up to Grade 9, will close. Staff that are not quarantining will remain in the building for any parents unable to find childcare options.
“As these grades move to online learning, the school and the Division staff will be able to work out technology-related logistics as needed for students,” said FMPSD Superintendent Jennifer Turner in a release.
The school is the latest school in Fort McMurray to switch to online learning because of COVID-19 outbreaks.
École Dickinsfield has moved students from ECDP and up to Grade 3 online. The school has 11 staff and 119 students within those grades in quarantine. FMPSD said 10 students have tested positive for COVID-19, including seven students with B117 variant.
The Fort McMurray Islamic School is moving Kindergarten to Grade 9 classes online after 14 staff and 107 students went into quarantine. Confirmed cases include four B117 variant cases.
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.