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Flood Update - Tuesday, June 25, 9:15am

Prairie Rose School Division has been closely monitoring the flooding situation along the South Saskatchewan River. With the river continuing to recede, arrangements are being made for classes to resume on Wednesday, June 26th. All previously closed schools within the Prairie Rose division will be re-opened and bussing transportation will be provided. The only school that will remain closed is Beyond Walls Outreach School, located in the evacuation zone in Medicine Hat. The re-opening of Beyond Walls will be coordinated along with city and emergency officials and students or staff should not return until notified.

In regards to diploma testing, Eagle Butte students with scheduled Diploma exams on Wednesday and Thursday have the option of writing the exam, be provided a school awarded mark, or may choose to write in August or at a later date.

The remaining grades 3, 6 and 9 Achievement tests will still be written as scheduled. If there is an extenuating circumstance where a student cannot write the Achievement test, parents should contact the school principal as soon as possible.

It is also important to note that extra-curricular trips away from the school are being considered on a case by case basis. The well-being and safety of students is our primary focus and additional activities will be approved with that in mind. Please check with your school for further details.

As the flooding continues to move downstream there may still be other areas of the division impacted by rising waters along the South Saskatchewan and Red Deer rivers. Those circumstances will be evaluated and decisions will be made at that time. If the flooding situation changes from now until Wednesday morning, information will be shared on the division website (www.prrd.ab.ca), through the local media and on twitter (@PrairieRoseSD8).

We understand that this has been a very difficult and emotional time for many people in our communities. We would like to thank our parents, staff and students for their cooperation and understanding.

Doug Nicholls
Superintendent of Schools
Prairie Rose School Division