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News Release: Westwood’s High School Grades Move to Online Learning Due to COVID Cases

News Release: Westwood’s High School Grades Move to Online Learning Due to COVID Cases

(Fort McMurray, AB, April 13, 2021) Due to confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Westwood Community High School and the high rate of absence for students and staff in quarantine -  grades 10-12 will be shifting to online learning from April 14–16. The school is from grades 7-12. All grades 7-9 will remain attending in-person learning. Based on Alberta Health Services (AHS) confirmation and parent notification we currently have 53% absenteeism in students and 20% in staff - among grades 10 to 12. 

“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. Staff not in isolation are able to remain in the building to access teaching materials,” Jennifer Turner, Superintendent, FMPSD said.

Alberta Health Services will continue to contact parents/guardians of students, as well as any staff who may have been in close contact with any newly identified cases. All students and staff in direct contact have already been notified (via phone/email) and will remain in isolation for the designated amount of time. If you have not received a phone call from the school office your child(ren) is not affected.

We remind parents/guardians of students, as well as any staff member to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. The Alberta Government, AHS and our school Division and administration are collectively committed to being as transparent as possible in terms of COVID -19 cases and as such we are sharing this information with our school community. 

Additionally, as a reminder, if you/your child has any of the symptoms of illness listed on the Alberta Health daily checklist, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 Self-Assessment or call Health Link at 811 and stay home/keep your child at home.

Stay safe, everyone. 

For more information, please contact:

Cynthia Shelley

Principal

Westwood Community High School

cynthia.shelley@fmpsd.ab.ca