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All Staff Message from the Superintendent

All Staff Message from the Superintendent

April 5, 2021

Over the course of this weekend a number of  members of our school community have been informed they have tested positive for COVID-19. The total number of new cases identified this weekend at the time of writing is 12. At this time we can confirm that seven of these cases have been identified as a variant of concern. These cases have been linked to a source outside of our school Division community. 

Alberta Health Services reports an alert when 2-4 cases are confirmed to a single site or school. An outbreak is declared when 5 or more cases are confirmed in an investigation connected to a single site or school. 

To ensure that we are providing clear and transparent communication, we are listing below the total cases identified over the course of the long weekend. 

Ecole Dickinsfield

  • Seven cases were identified over the weekend
  • Five of these cases to date have been identified as a variant of concern

Fort McMurray Composite High School

  • Two cases were identified over the weekend
  • One of these cases to date have been identified as a variant of concern

Fort McMurray Christian School

  • One case was identified over the weekend
  • No cases to date have been identified as a variant of concern

Fort McMurray Islamic School

  • Two cases were identified over the weekend
  • One of these cases to date have been identified as a variant of concern

Our Division Office staff in consultation with Alberta Health Services School Contact Tracing Team recommend the following:

 
  • If your child is in isolation and tests positive for COVID-19, please notify your school or site administration as soon as possible so that school Division staff can continue to work with AHS to contain the spread.
  • While over break and prior to your return to school we would remind all students, staff and families to continue their daily self-assessment practice. 
  • As a reminder, once school is back in session, and if you are showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to the school with any signs of illness.
  • If you or your child(ren) require a COVID-19 test, please use the Alberta Health Services Outbreak phone number: 1-844-343-0971 or book online HERE
  • If you have been identified as being a close contact of an individual who has been identified as having a variant of concern, you will receive communication from AHS regarding testing requirements while in isolation.

School and Division staff have been working tirelessly in consultation with Alberta Health Services to identify and contact all close contacts. Our custodial staff continue to work to clean and sanitize our school in preparation for return to school after our spring break. Responding to this increase in COVID is dynamic and ever-changing. We will continue to provide regular updates to provide timely information to our school community. 

Please take care and stay safe as we navigate this fluid situation together. 

Sincerely, 

Superintendent 

Fort McMurray Public Schools

jennifer.turner@fmpsd.ab.ca