COVID-19 Letter to Parents from Sunil Mattu

Hello Third Academy / Willow Home Ed community members.

As partners in Education and Public Health, we thank Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Premier Jason Kenney, and Education Minister Adriana LaGrange for making the decision to cancel all on-site school classes in Alberta effective immediately and until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

I have been speaking with my Principals Rehana Mattu and Tracy Gilluley and Joe Smith, Associate Principal Willow Home Ed, since receiving the notification from Minister LaGrange today at 5:01 pm.  I will be meeting with my Teachers at 9 am tomorrow morning.  We will develop a go forward plan to see how we can best continue to provide an educational program for your child.

Third Academy families:  do not bring your child to school tomorrow, Monday 16 March 2020.  For now, tomorrow is a ‘day off’ for your child. Your child’s teacher will also contact you by the end of the day tomorrow to advise you of the go forward plan.

The impact on our traditional home education Willow Home Ed community will be different.  I will be asking my Home Education Managers to reach out to all families by Wednesday 18 March 2020.  To make sure that all our Willow Home Ed families get this message, I am asking Home Education Managers to forward this message to everyone on your distribution list.

I want everyone to know that we do understand the stressors that families are facing at this time.  We will continue to do our best to support everyone.

Thank you.

Sunil Mattu

Executive Director