IMPORTANT UPDATE: High school classes continue with blended learning. Daily in-person attendance delayed.

Article Posted: Saturday, April 10, 2021

April 10, 2021

High School Families of ASD-W,

Changes were announced to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) “Return to School” plan on March 19 that would see all high school students return to full-time in-person learning as early as April 12, 2021.  Plans were communicated with you in recent days. In ASD-W, 7 of our 19 high school settings have been in a full “blended learning” model for schooling, with another 3 schools following a partial “blended learning” model.  The “blended learning” model is designed such that students learn at school one day and then learn from home the next day.

As the COVID-19 pandemic presents us with ever-evolving situations, we are often required to adjust accordingly to new information. As a result of our current circumstances in the province and out of an abundance of caution, the shift to full-time in-person learning for high schools in the province following a blended-learning model will be delayed. In consideration of presumptive cases of COVID-19 variants in Health Zones 1 and 2, this delay will allow for more physical distancing in high schools and minimize the number of possible contacts should there be an outbreak in a school.

Schools that have been following a blended learning model will continue with this model.  For those schools who have not been following the blended learning model, there is no change.

Our provincial government’s Cabinet and the all-party cabinet committee on COVID-19 will revisit this decision based on the advice of Public Health during the week of April 26.

Further to this and in response to the “lockdown” level of alert for the Edmundston region of Health Zone 4, Saint Mary’s Academy will revert to full remote learning from home, effective Monday, April 12.  The school principal will reach out to you this weekend with further details.  Please note…this is for Saint Mary’s Academy only for ASD-W schools.

The EECD “Return to School” plan is a living document that changes to reflect on new information and best practices, as advised by Public Health. Collaboration with Public Health will continue and we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

When EECD first announced the Return to School plan last spring, we knew that this would be a school year like no other. Over the past year, you have been flexible and patient as this plan has been updated. Thank you for your understanding, patience, and ongoing cooperation this year.


David McTimoney, Superintendent