What To Know As School Returns

It’s every student’s favourite time of year; back to school.

Classes are officially kicking off in-person on Tuesday.

Due to increasing COVID-19 cases, the Fort McMurray Public School Division and Catholic School District are both bringing in mask mandates.

Those in grades 4 to 12 and all staff will be required to wear one in all common areas which includes in the hallways, and when on school and municipal buses.

Once they arrive in their classrooms masks, will no longer be required but are highly recommended.

Students in the early entry programs, kindergarten, and grades 1-3 are highly encouraged to wear a mask while in common areas of the school, however, it’s not mandatory.

“The safety and health of our students and staff remain a priority,” Jennifer Turner, FMPSD Superintendent. “We are continuously monitoring local numbers, and adapting accordingly.”

George McGuigan, FMCSD Superintendent, adds this is needed to ensure everyone’s safety.

“We commit to staying flexible with our decisions, reviewing best data and practices, and keeping in constant communication with our families.”

Meanwhile, there are some updates for those who plan to use municipal transit to get to school.

The RMWB is keeping all special routes brought in for the last school year.

However, there are some changes to routes that previously stopped in front of Composite and Holy Trinity.

There are no changes for École McTavishFather Mercredi, and Westwood.

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