Storm, flood disrupt area schools

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

Last week’s heavy rainstorm that flooded the town of Slave Lake and the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River #124 disrupted regular operations at several schools in the area. Bus routes were cancelled due to power outages and road closures.

Roland Michener Secondary School principal Lisa Palko says seven out-of- town buses didn’t run in the area on Tuesday, June 12, bringing student attendance down. Palko says a handful of staff members couldn’t make it to work due to road closures, but as always, staff pulled together and made the day work.

Principal Jessica Sachs-Cardinal of Lakeside Outreach says her school wasn’t affected by the storm. She adds the school maintained power and Internet and only one of the teachers could not get into town. But the school still had the rest of its staff.

Sachs-Cardinal says the school still had over 20 students as usual however an Occupational Therapist,  Speech-Language Pathologist and Indigenous Support Coach stopped in looking for office space with Internet and power.

CJ Schurter School cancelled two field trips for June 13 – one for the kindergarten to the splash park and the Grade 2 trip to the Boreal Centre.

Kinuso School was open June 13, but Kinuso Outreach was not open or staffed; students had to to report to Kinuso School.

Angie White, Principal of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy, says the school lost power Monday at 8:15 a.m. and they didn’t get it back until Tuesday afternoon.

During this time White adds they did keep the school open and provided natural light for students who wanted to work on missing assignments via paper and pencil. She says the school also did not not have Internet at this time.

“Most of the buses were not running on Tuesday,” she said. “Some of our students were evacuated, and consequently, we only had 10 students attend yesterday.”

Sports recognition night was scheduled for Wednesday night and is now postponed until the next Wednesday. This is because the awards couldn’t make it to Slave Lake in time, thanks to road closures due to the flooding.

Administrative Assistant Cathie Green of Koinonia Christian School says they had some leaks, as a piece of the roof blew off the school. Green says they lost their Internet on the main computer.

“Thankfully we have a laptop that we can use, but our server is down, and we are still waiting for it to get back up and running.”

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