Two elementary schools temporarily closed

Authorities restrict full access to secure staff and students’ safety

By Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly

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The result of the Fort McMurray fire has left two Catholic schools unable to fully function in their current locations for its 2016-2017 school year.

Representatives of the Fort McMurray Catholic School District (FMCSD) made the official announcement on June 11, after the Province of Alberta and Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo have stated the areas of Beacon Hill and Abasand are restricted to access.

Beacon Hill’s Good Shepherd School and Abasand’s Father Beauregard School will not be open in their current locations in September.

“Contingency plans are being put in place for affected students to be transported to other Catholic schools until we can re­open the two schools,” FMCSD Superintendent George McGuigan stated in a news release.

“Our preliminary review indicates that we will have sufficient space in our remaining schools to support displaced students and staff. We are looking at ways to minimize the disruption and inconvenience for the affected students, their families, and our staff.”

Fort McMurray Catholic Board of Education Chair Tracy McKinnon stated “the safety of the students, families and staff remains paramount” to the District’s next step and the future of both schools.

“We recognize that this is a stressful time for many in our community and are working diligently to mitigate the effect for our school families,” McKinnon shared. “We are continually striving to ensure that the supports are in place for the mental and physical wellbeing for our families and staff throughout the entire process.”

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-Connect Weekly-