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COVID-19 staffing crunch forces Vancouver Catholic school online

Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Vancouver. Global News

A Vancouver Catholic school is moving all instruction online for two weeks, amid a staffing crunch brought on by COVID-19.

In a letter to parents, Our Lady of Perpetual Help said all learning would be conducted virtually from next Tuesday until Dec. 18.

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“Due to the severe staffing constraints we are currently experiencing, we are unable to adequately staff the school at a level which is deemed safe, abides by our schools safety plan, and provides our students with the high quality educational experience they deserve,” states the letter.

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An entire Grade 5 class at the school is already in self-isolation due to a cluster of cases, the school confirmed.

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Parents can expect more information from the school this weekend.

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B.C. has already seen three schools, two of them in the Lower Mainland, closed due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

Two other Lower Mainland schools were forced to close last month because they, like Our Lady of Perpetual Help, ran into staffing problems due to self-isolation requirements.