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Mallaig School reporting 13 active cases of COVID-19

A K-12 school within the St. Paul Education school division is reporting over 10 active cases.
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The provincial status map shows an outbreak at a school within the St. Paul region as having more than 10 active cases.

MALLAIG - A school in the St. Paul Education region has surpassed 10 active cases of COVID-19.

As of Thursday, March 18, Mallaig School was reporting 13 cases at the school, bumping the school from an outbreak of 'five to nine cases', to an outbreak of over 10 cases, according to the provincial school status map.

On March 13, the Kindergarten to Grade 12 school, located within the County of St. Paul, north of Highway 28, announced it would be moving to at-home learning due to a number of confirmed cases at that time. A number of staff and students have been directed to isolate. 

On March 18, a letter from St. Paul Education superintendent Glen Brodziak confirmed that at-home learning would be extended another week, with students learning from home for the week of March 22 to 26. The school will be closed to all in-school learning until April 6, due to Spring Break taking place the week after.

Brodziak noted that the division is carefully monitoring the situation and will provide updates as necessary. 

St. Paul Regional

St. Paul Regional High School is also working through a handful of active COVID-19 cases connected to the Grade 10 to 12 school, located in St. Paul.

Brodziak confirmed the school has three active cases associated with it, as of Thursday.

On March 15, a letter from Alberta Health Services was sent out, stating that because two or more cases were confirmed at the school, the medical officer of health had requested AHS Public Health initiate an investigation.

Elk Point

According to the superintendent, the only other school with active COVID-19 cases in the St. Paul Education division is Elk Point Elementary. The school has confirmed two cases of the virus. 

Status map

The provincial status map is still showing Ashmont School on outbreak. While Kindergarten to Grade 6 students had been learning from home following an outbreak at the school, students have now returned to in-person learning, as of March 15.

"All of our decisions continue to be based on our commitment to the safety and wellbeing of all of our students and staff, and we will continue to monitor the situation," said Brodziak, in a letter dated March 11, regarding Ashmont School.

St. Paul Elementary School was also listed as being on alert on the provincial map, but no new cases have been confirmed at the school since March 8, when two cases were confirmed.