Delayed Return to Classes until Jan 10th
On December 30th, the province announced that due to the rising number of Omicron cases of COVID-19, the return to school following the Christmas break will be delayed across the province until January 10th. In Prairie Rose, students were scheduled to return to class next Monday on January 3rd. In addition to postponing a return to class for students, it was also announced that diploma exams that are scheduled to start on January 11th have been cancelled.
During the extended break, school jurisdictions have been asked to assess staffing implications and the potential operational impacts of the current COVID-19 situation. This also includes reviewing current COVID-19 protocols in Prairie Rose schools and considering additional measures that can be implemented for a safe return to in-person classes. Alberta Education has committed to sharing more information with school authorities next week and have informed us that they are already working to secure additional PPE (masks and rapid test kits) to increase student and staff safety. In Prairie Rose we have already taken proactive measures and have secured KN95 and testing kits which will be available in our schools for the January 10th start date. Once we have more information regarding any additional measures they will be passed along to our school communities.
We appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty it brings for both schools and families. Our goal is to continue to work with parents to ensure learning remains a priority, despite the unforeseen challenges we face. Please enjoy your extended Christmas break and we will provide more information once it is made available to us.
Superintendent of Schools