Morrin students resume in-person learning following school closure

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Students of Morrin School returned to the K-12 school in the Village of Morrin on Monday, February 1, following a temporary closure because of an outbreak of COVID-19 at the school.

The first cases of COVID-19 were reported in the school on Thursday, January 14, putting the school on alert status, which was upgraded to an outbreak and prompted staff and administrators to make the switch back to online learning temporarily.

Prairie Land School Division (PLSD) Superintendent Cam McKeage told the Mail, “In recognition of the health and safety concern for our school community, and the large number of close contacts to quarantine for the required 14 days, it only made sense we temporarily suspend in-class learning.”

McKeage notes there were six positive cases prior to students transitioning to online learning.

While some new cases have been reported since students transitioned, McKeage said this will not affect the reopening date, “Except for those identified as close contacts to those specific cases to which they could still be in quarantine.”

Students across the province returned to in-person classes on Monday, January 11 following a week of at-home learning after the winter break, with grade 7 to 12 students learning from home since November 30, 2020.

Morrin School principal Don Yavis said, “I am very proud of my staff, students, and parents for the way they handled the whole situation. We just came back to school from online and had to transition back to online. Our parents were fantastic and very supportive of the staff and students.”

Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Drumheller Mail