Medicine Hat area Schools adapt for Remembrance ceremonies

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Remembrance Day ceremonies are going to look different at schools this year.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, large gatherings of students and staff can no longer happen. This means that a school-wide Remembrance assembly is not possible.

The Catholic Board of Education and Public School Division worked with CFB Suffield to create videos to show students and staff before Nov. 11. Prairie Rose schools will also be showing videos from CFB Suffield.

The public board will play its Remembrance videos on different days at different schools, while the Catholic board will show them today.

“Since we can’t be together in a normal way, we made these videos to keep the tradition of Remembrance Day going,” said MHCBE communications co-ordinator Derrian Hallas.

The public school board will have Nov. 11, 12 and 13 off next week. This was voted on recently by the board and is meant to give a bit of a break partway through the first half of the school year. Prairie Rose has the same days off as the public system.

MHPSD initially had a PD Day booked for Nov. 20, but moved that ahead and added a non-operational day to give the extended weekend.

The Catholic board voted months ago to give the entire week off. This was also voted on to give everyone a break during a stressful time.

Both boards thanked CFB Suffield for the help this year with helping make Remembrance Day happen at local schools.

The Catholic board will be posted Remembrance videos on its social media pages.

Mo Cranker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Medicine Hat News