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SFJH Moving to Online Learning March 15-18

SFJH Moving to Online Learning March 15-18, 2021
Posted on 03/14/2021
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March 14, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians of St. Francis Junior High School,

As has been communicated many times over the course of the year, the most important priority in our division is the safety of our students and staff.

I have been informed this weekend that there are other positive cases of COVID-19 with individuals connected with St. Francis Junior High School. The total number of cases at the school currently is 5, which has required 41% of students at the school, 50% of teachers, and 44% of support staff to quarantine or isolate at home. With this number of staff required to be out of school St. Francis Junior High School is not able to adequately deliver educational programming at the school at this time in a safe and efficient manner. Furthermore substitute teachers are simply not available.

Over the course of this weekend, I have been involved in dialogue with the Ministry of Education about the need to move in this direction, and this plan is endorsed by the Deputy Minister, Mr. Andre Tremblay. Therefore, beginning Monday, March 15 through Thursday, March 18, 2021, all classes at St. Francis Junior High School will move to online learning, as was done between November 30 and December 18, 2020. Attendance is mandatory and teachers will continue to provide quality learning opportunities for students. Since Friday, March 19th is a scheduled Professional Development Day and Monday, March 22nd is our Spiritual Development Day, no classes are scheduled for these days. In-person classes, as well as at-home learning, are expected to resume on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 for all students.

Should you need to pick anything up from the school today, or have any questions or concerns, set up an appointment with the St. Francis Junior High School administration by contacting them at at sfoffice@holyspirit.ab.ca.

I understand and appreciate that this announcement may cause significant pressures on your family, and I apologize that the urgent nature of this decision has not allowed for more notice. However, as mentioned earlier, the health and wellbeing of our students and staff is our first priority. These unprecedented times require extraordinary measures in order to keep everyone safe, and this week will allow the division to bring in additional staff to ensure that a deep cleaning is conducted in the school.

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I remain hopeful that our return to in-person classes on the 23rd will be under very different circumstances. In the meantime, I ask that you continue to pray for our students, families and staff as we continue to navigate this very challenging situation.

Most Gratefully, 
Ken Sampson, Superintendent of Schools
Holy Spirit Catholic School Division

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