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Calgary Catholic School District reacts to province's decision

Last Updated Mar 15, 2020 at 8:15 pm MDT

The Calgary Catholic School Centre, the basis of the Catholic schools in the city in Calgary on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. This building is the operation that helps run any of the Catholic schools in its district. (PHOTO: Chelsey Harms, 660 NEWS)

The Calgary Catholic School District is thanking the province for making the decision to cancel classes.

It says teachers and staff are still expected to work from home or at their workplace to support students.

Day-to-day operations will continue, with administrative work and cleaning of our schools to continue.

They add the schools have been working on emergency plans to address school closures and the delivery of student lessons and will let people know when information is available.

It says they recognize this decision is hard as it will significantly affect families and they will assist any way they can.

Here is the full statement:

Mar. 15, 2020
Effectively immediately, all Calgary Catholic classes will be closed until further notice.

As partners in education and public health, we thank Dr. Hinshaw, Premiere Jason Kenney and Minister Adriana LaGrange for making the decision to cancel all classes in Alberta due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Our number one priority remains to protect the health and safety of our students, staff and communities; Effectively immediately, all Calgary Catholic classes will be closed until further notice.

To support student learning, teachers and staff are still expected to work from home or at their workplace and for day-to-day operations, administrative work and cleaning of our schools to continue. We recognize that this decision is necessary and that it will significantly affect our families. We will work to assist them as best we can during this difficult time.

We are working with Alberta Education to ensure student learning continues and communicate next steps as they become available. Let me assure you that our schools have been working on emergency plans to address school closures and the delivery of student lessons.

As this situation is rapidly evolving, we expect to receive more information from the province about our next steps and the government will provide daily updates for Albertans at 3:30 p.m. Minister LaGrange will also send an open letter to all parents in the coming days.

During these times, we are reminded of the importance of prayer. As a Catholic school community, please join us in offering thoughts and prayers to those affected by COVID-19.