ASW Moves from Level 2 to 4 to Prevent COVID-19 Spread

by Taylor Bata

According to an email from Mr. Zurfluh, the ASW Director, the school will be closing from the 16th to the 30th of March.

Official statements from the government have requested that “schools be shut down from the 12th to the 25th.” When asked why the dates are slightly different from the released statements, Mr. Z assured the high school assembly that, “[We are] Not looking at it on a grade level basis, we are a K-12 school not a public school and we are at level 2 until Friday. Whether it poses an issue with the government’s requests, this will be seen in the future.“

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What does this mean for students? The answer to this is Virtual Learning which entails students staying home and attending online class with the help of webcams and Zoom software. 

In a high school assembly held at 3:15 today Mr. Zurfluh and Mr. Sheehan described what to expect in the coming weeks. 

On the topic of a quick movement from our current threat level to level four, Mr. Zurfluh said, “It didn’t help matters that discretion came with oddities, it got confusing. We are a private school who are following the government regulation so we are continuing school tomorrow and Friday.”  

Word from the public schools is that they are taking some portion of the missed days in March and adding them to the school calendar in June. This was met with groans from the audience. 

“You don’t want me to do that do you, that’s why the wording is very clear,” said Mr. Zurfluh. “We are transitioning to virtual school and taking attendance every day we are taking into consideration your school work. We are going to stay on track and on schedule.” He continued, “We are following the regulations but we are doing it our way… the Warrior Way™”

Many DP seniors had concerns about mock exams which are next week, Maja K joked that this situation, “makes me want to slurp up a cyanide smoothie,” while Ben G only had to say that, “I’m just chillin’.” This wide variety of reactions coincides with the fact that there are no current plans for how mock exams will be handled.

Mr. Sheehan said that, “we cannot answer these questions right now we are gathering information. We are in a great position to conduct virtual school so we will not miss a beat, this includes DP students.”

Warrior News will update as the situation develops.

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