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Grade 7-9 classes in seven schools temporary shift to online learning

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to navigate COVID-19 and what is best for our students. The cases this past weekend have impacted many staff and students, resulting in a shortage of substitute teachers. As we continue to receive positive COVID-19 alerts from Alberta Health Services, we realize that we must take action to ensure we are able to keep substitute teachers in front of our Kindergarten to Grade 6 students where possible. Ideally, we would like to keep all students in a face-to-face classroom and we are hopeful that with this temporary shift we will be able to mitigate some of the transmission of COVID-19. 

Therefore, RDCRS Grade 7 to Grade 9 classes in seven schools will be shifting temporarily to online learning beginning, Tuesday, April 27, 2021- May 7, 2021. We will resume in-person learning on May 10, 2021. 

Schools impacted by this operational shift are:

RDCRS students from Grade 7 to Grade 9 will be offered online learning following a weekly class schedule so that students can work directly with their teachers throughout the day. Transitioning of school supplies, textbooks and Chromebooks will occur on Monday, April 26, 2021. More details about online learning structures will be communicated to your child in their regular scheduled classes online on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, with their teacher. This will ensure that we will be able to keep moving forward with the curriculum and continue the strong learning that is happening within classes. Your child’s homeroom teacher will contact families via email this evening with further details. 

Please know that this decision was not made lightly and, as we continue to realize the strains that COVID-19 places on us, we need to be flexible with our decision making and place our students and their learning at the center of all conversations. We will support your family with technology if your child requires it. Scheduling for technology pick-up will be available beginning tomorrow. 

As always, do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher, school counsellors, and school administrators for additional support or clarification. While this is a challenging time, we continue to trust in the Lord with all our heart, leaning on each other for support and companionship. Thank you for your continued support and understanding. 

Have a safe and blessed day. God bless.

Kathleen Finnigan, Superintendent of Schools
Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

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