Westwood & Ecole McTavish Moving Grades 10 to 12 To Virtual Learning For Rest Of Week

Two more schools in the Fort McMurray Public School Division are moving multiple grades back to virtual learning.

Grade 10 to 12 students at Westwood and École McTavish will continue their education at home for the rest of the week.

Those in grades 7 to 9 will remain attending classes in-person.

Both are dealing with a rise in COVID-19 cases linked to individuals with ties to the schools which has forced a high number of staff and students to self-isolate.

At École McTavish, nearly 60 per cent of students and half of the staff who oversee the senior grades are currently in quarantine.

At Westwood, just over half of the senior students and around 20 per cent of staff are self-isolating.

“As these grades move to online learning, the school and Division staff will be able to work out technology-related logistics as needed for students,” said Jennifer Turner, FMPSD Superintendent.

“Staff not in isolation are able to remain in the building to access teaching materials.”

There are now five schools in the FMPSD which are providing virtual classes for a select number of students this week.

The Fort McMurray Islamic School, the Fort McMurray Christian School, and École Dickinsfield have been holding online classes since Monday.

Holy Trinity and Father Mercredi, high schools in the Fort McMurray Catholic School District, had students learn from home for a couple of days ahead of last week’s spring break.

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