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Livingstone Range coping with pandemic pressures

Livingstone Range School Board received a pandemic update last week.

Trustees heard there have been a total of 24 cases of COVID-19 identified in schools.

“Overall I would say our students and staff are doing a good job of following the COVID protocols,” superintendent Darryl Seguin said.

Seguin provided trustees with an update related to the COVID-19 pandemic during their Feb. 16 meeting at the G.R. Davis Administration Building in Fort Macleod.

Seguin reported that from September to December, 13 cases of COVID-19 were identified in eight schools.

Eleven cases were identified in January, of which four were active at the end of the month.

Sixty-three staff members and 459 students were impacted by the COVID-19 cases. Some were impacted by more than one case.

There have been no COVID-19 cases at Granum, West Meadow, Horace Allen and Canyon schools.

Livingstone Range has undergone seven Environmental Public Health and three Occupational Health and Safety inspections related to the pandemic.

Seguin said Livingstone Range parents have been quick to let schools know when a child tests positive for COVID-19.

“We really appreciate parents letting us know as soon as possible so we can take the appropriate actions,” Seguin said.

As the pandemic progresses, schools are making appropriate plans for graduation ceremonies.

Seguin said those schools that celebrate graduation early will plan scaled down, personal events that do not bring a large number of people together.

“They made these very special last year,” Seguin said.

Schools that celebrate closer to the end of the school year in June are still hopeful they can hold a larger event, such as F.P. Walshe school’s outdoor ceremony last year.

Seguin said he is impressed with how well people have coped with the pandemic.

“Kudos go out to our school administration and our staff and our students,” Seguin said.

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