Coronavirus: Centennial Collegiate students in Saskatoon make temporary move to online learning

Saskatoon Public Schools says Centennial Collegiate has had 16 positive cases of COVID-19. Getty Images / File Photo

Classes at a Saskatoon school are moving temporarily to online.

Centennial Collegiate has had 16 positive cases of COVID-19, which has resulted in the temporary closure of 25 classes as students were directed to self-isolate, according to Saskatoon Public Schools on Monday.

“The numerous disruptions have made it difficult for staff to deliver instruction for all students,” read a statement from the division.

The division said it has collaboratively decided with the Saskatchewan Health Authority to move Centennial Collegiate to Level 4 of the province’s safe schools plan.

Starting on Thursday, Dec. 4, all classes will move to online learning through Dec. 18.

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According to the division, classes will run as scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday to allow teachers to direct students on how the remaining classes will move forward.

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The secondary school at 160 Nelson Rd. is expected to return to in-class instruction on Jan. 4, 2021.

The division said it’s had 96 positive cases at 36 locations since the start of the 2020-21 school year.

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