Moose Jaw and Caronport Schools Move to Remote Learning Amid Variant Concerns
26 March 2021
Prairie South Schools announced Friday that all schools in Moose Jaw and Caronport Elementary School would be moving to a remote learning model effective Monday, March 29th.
Director of Education Tony Baldwin explained Friday that the change was the result of a rapid uptick in COVID cases in the area. “We have done a really good job of ensuring that COVID transmission at school doesn’t happen,” Baldwin said. “Unfortunately, we have a very challenging situation in some of our communities that is impacting our ability to continue with face-to-face learning.” Baldwin urged other community groups to consider a pause on their activities. “We can keep kids safe at school, but if they are mixing with groups where someone is COVID positive after school we end up with cases in our buildings,” Baldwin said.
Board Chair Robert Bachmann noted the dramatic increase in contact tracing at schools in recent days. “We have had as many cases in the last 2 days in Moose Jaw and Caronport as we had in the entire school division the month before,” Bachmann said. “With this level of activity, we agreed with our partners at Public Health that a temporary move to remote learning was appropriate.”
Trustees spoke Friday about the challenges associated with remote learning for staff and families. “We understand that this decision places a significant burden on many families who will need to rearrange schedules to accommodate children being at home,” said Moose Jaw Trustee Brett Hagan. “We hope that if we can get ahead of this in the next two weeks, we will be able to have uninterrupted learning for the rest of the year.”
The Prairie South announcement follows similar announcements in Regina and the surrounding area where increased COVID activity has become an issue.
For additional information, please contact Director of Education Tony Baldwin at (306)694-1200.