December 13, 2021
Dear ASD-S Families,
This afternoon, the provincial government announced new
restrictions and safety guidelines impacting schools across the province.
Classes for students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 will be
dismissed for the holiday break at the end of the day on Friday, December 17.
This is earlier than originally scheduled. There will be no in-person classes or
expectation of at-home learning for K-6 students during the week of December
20. All staff will continue to report to school. Students in Grades 7-12
will still attend school until midday Thursday, December 23 as previously
This decision is made in an effort to limit the spread of
COVID-19 amongst students aged 5-11, who are not yet eligible to be fully
vaccinated and who may pass the virus on to more vulnerable members of the
Additionally, as of midnight tonight, all school and
community organized sports and activities for children under 12 years old are
suspended until further notice. The province will provide an update when these
programs can resume. All youth sports for ages 12 and over will be reduced to
one-team practices/skills and drills only, and all upcoming school and
community games and tournaments are cancelled.
Premier Higgs noted during today’s announcement that
students would receive rapid testing kits to have at home over the holidays. We
will let families know when we receive those kits from the province and provide
Thank you for your continued patience and support as we
work together to respond to the pandemic. We know that changes in routine can
be stressful, and we appreciate your understanding.