In Fort McMurray, the last school year didn’t end exactly as planned, as the wildfire forced an evacuation of the community just as classes were ending.
Fortunately, things are more-or-less back to routine as classes once again get underway.
President of the Alberta Teachers Association Local 48, Nancy Ball, tells the Alberta Morning News, there were plenty of smiles on the first week of school.
“Students thrilled to see their classmates, their friends, again, getting back with their teachers, seeing their teachers from last year if they’re returning to the same school,” she says. “Teachers who are thrilled to get back to what they love doing, which is teaching and seeing their students.”
Ball says four schools in the community had to be abandoned thanks to the fire, and their students have been moved wholesale to other institutions which either had the room, or are expanding to meet demand.
“The receiving schools have space available for those students, they’re making space, or districts are adding portables on,” explains Ball. “They haven’t had to adjust the scheduling for classes whatsoever.”
She adds many teachers have been turning the fire into a learning experience, asking students on this first week back how the evacuation changed them. (scb)