Fort McMurray’s Catholic Schools addressed Alberta’s announcement on re-opening schools.
The FMCSD reaffirmed its commitment to following all guidance from Alberta Health and Education to ensure safe re-entry in September.
On July 21, the Alberta government announced all schools will begin the 2020-21 school year under ‘Scenario 1’.
According to the re-entry plan, this scenario calls for near-normal daily operations with additional public health orders.
These include physical distancing, enhanced cleaning protocols, and hand sanitizers within each classroom and at entranceways.
Superintendent George McGuigan said the FMCSD worked for months to develop a plan for the relaunch.
“The focus is on ensuring, to the best of our ability, the safety of our children and staff. We fully understand the nervousness of you, as parents, sending your children back to school. Fort McMurray Catholic Schools is committed, as always, to providing the care and love for our children. We miss them and look forward to their return.”
McGuigan said mental health supports remain in place at each of their Catholic Schools.
The FMCSD released its Relaunch Guide, which is available for download through its website.
It intends for the guide to provide staff and families with as much information about the return to in-class instruction.
Board Chair for the Fort McMurray Catholic Board of Education, Cathie Langmead said success is contingent on all residents doing their part.
“This is the time to be even more vigilant. When we are physically distancing, washing our hands, and being cognizant of our surroundings we are helping make sure that we can reopen our schools more safely.”
All schools in Alberta closed in mid-March at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.