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News Release: FMPSD Update on YMM Flood Impact 

News Release: FMPSD Update on YMM Flood Impact 

Composite High School's flooded main floorComposite High School's flooded main floor

(Fort McMurray, AB -  May 6, 2020) Following the devastating flood in our community on April 26, 2020, Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) continues to reach out to over 725 students and families directly impacted by the disaster. Fort McMurray Composite High School’s main floor has been flooded, and the school remains closed until further notice. Dr. Clark Public School, and Division Office were unscathed, but surrounded by water. However, both facilities lost power, and remain closed until utilities are restored. No public access is allowed in all three buildings.

Composite High School and Dr. Clark staff have been moved to Westwood Community High School, while Division Office senior leaders work out of École McTavish High School. 

FMPSD counsellors are providing mental health supports to displaced and impacted students and staff. This will continue now through the summer months and into the new academic year.

“We don’t know what recovery will look like at the moment, but, we are aware of the mental health impacts from last week’s flooding situation. While learning continues at home starting this week, we know mental health supports will be needed long into the future; helping our students and staff remains a priority,” said Jennifer Turner, Superintendent, FMPSD.

“We would like to thank the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Emergency Services, Government of Alberta, our FMPSD Operations & Maintenance Department, IT Department, and the entire community for coming together to work on the evacuation, and re-entry. Our region is truly stronger together,” Superintendent Turner added. 

Linda Mywaart, Board Chair, FMPSD echoed similar sentiments. She appreciated FMPSD staff for going above and beyond during trying times. 

“Superintendent Jennifer Turner and the senior team have stepped up with a heroic effort and amount of work in response to the flooding. Under their leadership, principals and staff at all other levels of FMPSD have received compassion, wisdom and guidance on how to navigate this most recent traumatic event and on how to steer their students and families to the required supports and services. FMPSD is well-connected to community agencies and partners, who have all been ready to assist those in need. The work of supporting our students, families and staff will continue to varying degrees and levels for the weeks, months and years to come.”

For more information, please contact:

Kiran Malik-Khan

Communications Manager

Fort McMurray Public School Division

kiran.malikkhan@fmpsd.ab.ca

780-880-7666