COVID-19 Notification SMP

September 19, 2020

To our Sister Mary Phillips School families,

Alberta Health Services is working closely with Fort McMurray Catholic Schools to support and manage the safety of our schools. Today, Fort McMurray Catholic School Division received notice of a positive case of COVID-19 in relation to Sister Mary Phillips School. Alberta Health Services has advised this case is not the result of in school transmission. At this time, based on advice from AHS, Sister Mary Phillips School will remain open.

Parents/guardians of students who AHS deem to be close contacts and are required to self isolate will receive a call from Alberta Health Services shortly (24 to 48 hours) with additional information. Sister Mary Phillips School staff will reach out to these families this weekend. Virtual learning will be available for the continuation of student learning effective Monday September 21, 2020.

As we continue our focus on preventing the spread of COVID-19, our custodial services team has conducted enhanced cleaning protocols. Additional cleaning was completed and focused on areas where the individual was present, along with high-touch areas and surfaces throughout the school.

Out of respect to this individual and in accordance with Alberta Health Services guidelines, we cannot disclose personal details of the individual that has tested positive for COVID-19.

We remind families to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 using the Alberta Health Screening Questionnaire. Please remember to complete the checklist each day prior to attending school. If you or a member of your family has any of the symptoms of illness listed, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811.

The health and safety of our staff, students and community is paramount. We know this news can be distressing for families and supports are available. Please be assured we will continue to work closely with Alberta Health Services to ensure we follow their ongoing recommendations.

Thank you for your continued support.


Joel Canete                               George McGuigan

Principal                                   Superintendent of Schools
Sister Mary Phillips School   Fort McMurray Catholic School Division