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ICES and ICSS set to switch to at-home learning starting week of March 22

As communicated in the Lethbridge School Division COVID-19 Re-entry Plan, the safety and well-being of students and staff is one of our most important priorities.  
The Division has been informed of the status of the number of positive COVID-19 cases at both Immanuel Christian Elementary School and Immanuel Christian Secondary School. As a result, a number of staff and students are in quarantine after being identified as close contacts by Alberta Health Services.  
At this time, there are three positive cases of COVID-19 at ICES requiring 67 per cent students, 71 per cent of teachers and 50 per cent of support staff to quarantine or self-isolate at home.  
Additionally, there are three positive cases of COVID-19 at ICSS requiring 47 per cent students, 50 per cent of teachers and 33 per cent of support staff to quarantine or self-isolate at home. 
With this number of staff required to be out of school, both schools are not able to adequately deliver educational programming at this time in a safe and efficient manner. Furthermore, it is challenging to secure the number of substitute staff required to cover for staff who are in isolation.   
The Division has consulted with the Ministry of Education about the need to move both schools to Scenario 3 (at-home learning), and this plan has been approved by the Ministry.  
Beginning on Monday, March 22, 2021, all classes at both schools will move to at-home learning. The status of the schoolwill be re-assessed at the end of this week, but it is most likely the schools will remain in Scenario 3 until after the Easter break. The schools will use the online delivery platform 
Attendance is mandatory and teachers will continue to provide quality learning opportunities for students. Teachers will need time to plan for change of delivery on Monday. Your school administration or teacher will contact you on Monday to ensure everyone is ready for delivery of learning on Tuesday.  
I know that moving to at-home learning with very short notice may cause significant pressure on families, and I apologize for the short notice,” said Supt. Dr. Cheryl Gilmore. “However, as mentioned, we need to keep the health and safety of our students and staff at the forefront of decision making. 

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