Edmonton’s schools are already seeing students register for class from Fort McMurray. A system has been set up in both school divisions after consultation with education minister Dave Eggen.
Joan Carr, the superintendent for Edmonton Catholic has spelled out the procedure with all staff. “We will be accepting all students from Fort McMurray who want to register in our schools to continue their education with as little interruption as possible,” she wrote in a memo obtained by Corus News. “Please have families with students from Kindergarten to Grade 9 contact One World…One Centre at 780 944 2001, and they will facilitate the registration of students. High school students should call Sacred Heart Centre at 780 944 2000 for registration.”
Edmonton Public is registering students right at the school site said EPSB spokeswoman Raquel Maurier. She said this is nothing out of the ordinary for them.
“We welcome students from other countries and from other parts of Canada all the time. So we’re ready to welcome students from Fort McMurray. We’re here for them. We want to help them. We don’t want parents to worry about transitioning their students from Fort McMurray to here, we want to make the transition as smooth as possible and we just want parents and families to know that we’re here to help them,” she said.
It’s a stressful time for families said ECSB spokeswoman Lori Nagy. “For a lot of students this is grade 12 so a lot of students from Fort McMurray, they’re going to be starting diploma exams very quickly so there’s obviously an urgency that they continue to have education and study for exams.”
“We don’t know how long they will be here. They could be here for two weeks, they may be here longer.”
“We’ll take it a day at a time and we’re working closely with Alberta Education,” Nagy said.
Edmonton Public has registered a ‘handful of students’ Maurier said, all in north Edmonton. “We expect more in the coming days. Edmonton Catholic has had three students sign up.
Both school boards are anticipating to publish more details on their websites in the coming days.