COVID-19 Transition to Off-Site Learning

We are very thankful for the continued grace, patience, and compassion shared with the Fort McMurray Catholic Schools family. 

We recognize this is an uneasy time for many with new restrictions and the transition coming to off-site learning (scenario #3) for our grade 7-12 students. We also recognize that for our staff at Father Mercredi and Holy Trinity High Schools, there is a great deal of effort and planning which occurs when switching from in person classroom instruction to off-site instruction. 

Schedule for off-site learning

  • Friday, November 27th and Monday November 30th will now become PLF days for grades 7-12 ONLY to allow our staff to prepare for the transition to off-site learning. 
  • Holy Trinity and Father Mercredi High School will be closed for in person instruction on Friday, November 27th. (exception- specialized programs)
  • The beginning of off-site learning for our grade 7-12 students will be on Tuesday, December 1st.  (in turn Friday December 4th and Friday January 8th will now be instructional days for grades 7-12)
  • There will be no change to the school calendar for our elementary schools. In person instruction for EEP- grade 6 will continue on Friday, November 27th and Monday, November 30th. 
  • Virtual Learning Academy- No disruption to current structure and schedule
  • Sacred Heart Outreach- No disruption to current structure and schedule

Updates in preparation for the transition to off-site learning

  • Specialized Programs will continue in class with the current Fort McMurray Catholic Schools calendar. (This includes ILP and Vocational Education programs) 
  • High School Support Centre- Support will continue virtually or in person. In person support will be by appointment and on an individual basis (no groups)
  • CTS-  High School students will be permitted to complete their CTS project in the school for Welding, Automotive, Robotics or Carpentry if an isolated work space can be provided. This will occur on scheduled visits only.
  • Individual students can come to school to gather materials and get support.
  • Counselling can continue virtually or in-person. All in-person meetings will follow all COVID-19 protocols
  • Refer to School Relaunch Plan – Scenario # 3 for details on:
    • Content Delivery for each grade
    • Assessment Practice
    • Principal Responsibilities
    • Teacher Responsibilities
    • Student Responsibilities
    • Parent Responsibilities

Please be assured we will continue to work closely with Alberta Health Services to ensure we follow their ongoing recommendations as we transition to off-site learning for grades 7-12. 

We continue to 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. 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.

Thank you for your continued support.

George McGuigan

Fort McMurray Catholic Schools Superintendent