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Fort Qu’Appelle Elementary School moves to online learning due to increase in COVID-19 cases

Fort Qu’Appelle Elementary School is moving to level 4 of the Safe Schools Plan, which means students in all grades will participate in online learning starting.
Fort Qu’Appelle Elementary School is moving to level 4 of the Safe Schools Plan, which means students in all grades will participate in online learning starting. Carlos Osorio / The Canadian Press

Fort Qu’Appelle Elementary School is moving to online learning due to new cases of COVID-19.

Saskatchewan’s public health officials recently informed the Prairie Valley School Division of a third case of the virus diagnosed in an individual associated with the school.

“What ultimately happened is that through the process of contact tracing, quite a few staff ended up being identified and our ability to properly staff the building moving forward was going to be extremely challenging,” said Luc Lerminiaux, Prairie Valley School Division’s director of education.

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Under level 4 of the province’s Safe Schools Plan, all students in all grades will participate in online learning beginning on Thursday.

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“The reality is, staff are becoming more and more adept, as are students and families, too, to having to pivot from remote learning to in-person,” Lerminiaux said.

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“We are obviously looking forward to the day where the pandemic is in our rearview mirror and we can look forward to in-person learning on a day in, day out basis.”

Prairie Valley anticipates students will return to class on Feb. 22.

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