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COVID hits YRHS, moving back to online classes

Online until Jan. 24, then to be reviewed
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Yorkton Regional High School has had 70 cases in the recent wave. (File Photo)
YORKTON - The Yorkton Regional High School is moving to remote instruction starting on the 12th of January. 

Yorkton This Week spoke with Quinton Robertson, Director of Education for the Good Spirit School Division.  Robertson said, “classes are cancelled on the 11th to allow teachers and students to prepare for the transition to remote learning.  The administration and Public Health will review and assess the situation on the 21st of January, and in person classes will resume on the 24th if deemed safe to return.” 

Robertson noted there are concerns with staffing numbers.

“At this point we’re fearful of a staffing shortage,” he said as he confirmed a schoolwide outbreak was declared by a local Health official with 70 cases of Covid-19 impacting 11 classrooms.

The move to close the school impacts events being held at the high school’s Anne Portnuff Theatre.  The Paper Bag Players have postponed their planned performance of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe until April.  In a post on Facebook the group stated, “Although we are very disappointed with this decision we understand and have agreed to postpone to April 7-10th 2022 (Thurs-Sun).”