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Wildfire Update

Posted on June 11

Updated on June 11th

We have been closely watching the wildfire updates. To families impacted by the wildfires, our thoughts are with you. 

NSD update

Attention Parents and Guardians: 

Please review the following information on how wildfires are impacting Northland schools: 

  • Chipewyan Lake School: 
    • Classes will resume tomorrow (Monday, June 12, 2023). The local school bus will be running. We are excited to see the students back in the classroom tomorrow! 
  • Father R. Perin School
    • At this time, classes will resume at Father R. Perin School tomorrow (Monday, June 12, 2023). If anything changes with the air quality or wildfire situation, we will provide an update on the Father R. Perin School Facebook page and through our emergency notification system School Messenger.

Enrolling Displaced Students

Some displaced students may need to finish the school year with a different school authority. Northland School Division extends an open invitation to students who are displaced by the wildfire. They are welcome to attend any Northland school to continue learning. Families can reach us at 780-624-2060. 

Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs)

Bishop Routhier School, Chipewyan Lake School, Gift Lake School, and Hillview School students are exempted from writing Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs). Alberta Education approved this exemption due to wildfires. The other Northland schools followed Alberta Education’s original schedule for PATs.

Diploma Exams

Diploma exams are to be fully administered in June 2023. We will provide an update if anything changes. 

For current information on the wildfires, go to the following links:

Alberta Emergency Alert


Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard


Wildfire Status


511 Alberta


Smoke Forecast