Eckville students at home as school boards come up with plan for continued education

The Alberta Government announced Sunday afternoon that all classes in the province were cancelled

The school boards for Eckville are hard at work to ensure continued education while classes have been cancelled in schools.

The Provincial Government announced during a press conference Sunday afternoon that all schools and day cares in Alberta were to close effective immediately.

Wolf Creek Public Schools and Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools sent letters to parents Sunday night informing them of the Provincial Government’s decision and telling them plans are in place to continue education from home.

Parents were notified Sunday night about the cancelation of classes throughout Wolf Creek, and told to keep students home Monday morning.

“Like all Divisions across Alberta we are currently working on the ways we will support students and families during the class cancellations,” Vince Burke, communications coordinator for Wolf Creek Public Schools, said in an email.

He continued to say parents and students will be notified of any updates moving forward.

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools informed parents the school board will be working throughout the week creating a plan for continued education during this time.

“Our school division will spend this week (March 16-20) planning and preparing how we will support student learning during this period of school closure,” Red Deer Catholic told parents.

“Later on this week, teachers will communicate with parents/guardians to discuss how learning will be supported during this time of school closure.”

Both School divisions will contact parents soon with regards to student belongings left at the school.

According to the Province, classes will not be held, though teachers and staff will continue to work during the closure.

Provincial assessments will be cancelled, though diploma exams for graduating Grade 12 students will still be held.

The Alberta government says they will be working with post-secondary institutions to ensure these circumstances do not prevent students from being eligible for admission for the coming school year.

Licensed child care, out-of-school care and preschool programs are now closed as well. The province said approved day homes would be exempt from the closures as they care for fewer than seven children at a time.

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