As per the direction from Alberta Premier Jason Kenney on Jan. 7, all grades are to return to in-person learning on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.
“The decision to resume in-class learning is based on carefully considering the importance of attending school in-person, as well as the latest evidence of cases dropping in all school-related age groups in December,” said Kenney said during a live COVID-19 update on Jan. 7.
“I would like to take a moment to assure you that COVID-19 protocols in schools remain in place to protect and guard against in-school transmission of COVID-19,” said Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS) superintendent Jayson Lovell in a letter to parents and guardians on Jan. 7.
Grades 7 to 12 transitioned to at-home learning for a brief time before the winter break and all grades have been doing online learning from Jan. 6 to 8.
Online/virtual learning will not be extended for students who were temporarily on at-home learning. This includes Grade 7 to 12 students who shifted to at-home learning from Nov. 30 to Jan. 8, and Grades K to 6 students who shifted to at-home learning from Jan. 6 to 8.
“With the Premier’s announcement all school districts are expected to fully shift back to in-school learning.
“Those students already and previously enrolled, and learning, through the Wolf Creek Virtual Learning Program will continue to receive instruction through that program.”
COVID-19 measures and protocols remain in place, including daily self-screening for symptoms, staying home from school if a child has been a close contact of someone who has tested positive, and informing your school immediately if your student tests positive.
Face masks will continue to be mandatory for all students in Grades 4 to 23 when distancing isn’t possible.
More information on proper face masks and use is available on the WCPS website.
“Coming out of the Christmas break, we want to reaffirm our commitment to you that we at Wolf Creek take these measures seriously, and will work closely with you to make sure our schools remain a safe place for students to attend and learn,” said Lovell.
“Thank you for your continued cooperation, and support. Wishing you all the best in 2021.”