As you may be aware several communities in Alberta have been devastated by extremely high levels of flooding. Most recently the town of Drumheller was put on high alert due to the threat of high water levels on the Red Deer River. In response to this threat the Golden Hills International program staff had emergency preparedness plans in place to ensure the safety and security of all students.
The flooding threat has now been downgraded. No emergency response was necessary.
What does this mean for parents of Drumheller students?
Although a large number of families were evacuated from their homes, students living in the International dorms were not affected by the evacuation order and have remained safe and secure in the dorms. International program supervisors have been staying on location with the students ensuring their safety and comfort.
Due to the large number of families that were evacuated, Drumheller School is closed Monday, June 24th.
Students in the International program not attending these schools have not been impacted by these events and all other schools are operating as usual.
What does this mean for Drumheller students?
Because so many Drumheller and area students and their families have been impacted by the evacuation, all DVSS final exams scheduled for the remainder of the year are optional. This decision was made in consultation with Alberta Education.
This includes Grade 9 Provincial Achievement Tests and Grade 12 Diploma Exams. Students in Grades 7-12 who choose not to write their exams will be exempted from all exams scheduled for Drumheller School. If students choose not to write their exams, their school awarded marks earned-to-date will stand as their final grade.
Students in Grades 7-12 who would like to write their final exams scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will have the option to do so if the school reopens.