District Emergency

School closures due to Evacuation Orders

School Closures due to wildfires

  • Career Pathways School, Wabasca Alberta
  • Mistassiniy School, Wabasca Alberta
  • St. Theresa School, Wabasca Alberta
  • Chipewyan Lake School
  • Pelican Mountain School (Sandy Lake)
  • Paddle Prairie School: Closed for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year. 

Any decision regarding school operations will be announced once more information becomes available.

Evacuation Orders

Sunday, May 26, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.: Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement

Re-entry for communities previously under Evacuation Order

Wednesday, June 12, 2019: Phase 3 Re-entry (Return of Residents) for Wabasca-Desmarais, Sandy Lake and Chipewyan Lake. The threat of wildfire still exists for the above-mentioned communities. As a result, a four (4) hour Evacuation Alert will remain in effect. 

Question and Answer page for students, parents, staff impacted by the wildfires

Click here to view the Question and Answer page.

School News

NSD seeking more feedback from residents about the future of Calling Lake Outreach School

Northland School Division (NSD) is seeking more input from parents, guardians, grandparents and community members about the future of Calling Lake Outreach School. On January 18, 2019, the Board of Trustees approved a notice of motion regarding the possible closing of Calling Lake Outreach School. The consideration was initiated in response to low enrolment numbers triggering criteria for possible closure as set out in Policy 15 – School Closure. On March 19th, NSD hosted a public meeting to understand the reasons why enrolment is down and discuss alternative programming and a preferred future for Calling Lake Outreach School.

Click here to view March 19, 2019, Calling Lake Outreach School Viability Community Meeting Minutes

“I would like to thank parents, guardians, grandparents, Elders, community members and school staff for participating in this important process,” said Maddy Daniels, Board Chair. “It’s important to have challenging conversations in order to make decisions based on the best interest of students. Before a final decision is made, I encourage parents, guardians, grandparents, Elders, community members and school staff who haven’t filled out the survey that was provided at the meeting to please do so. We need your participation and feedback.”

The survey questions will help NSD understand what families like about Calling Lake Outreach School and what families like to see changed at the school.

“We are very interested in finding ways to ensure the outreach school is viable,” said Gord Atkinson, Superintendent of Schools. “We need school community participation to help us create a learning environment that helps Calling Lake Outreach School students to thrive as learners.”

Click here to fill out the survey or visit Calling Lake School to fill out the questionnaire. The survey window is open until Tuesday, April 23, 2019. You can also submit feedback by mail or email to:

  • Gord Atkinson, Superintendent of Schools, Northland School Division No.61, P.O. Bag 1400 9809 77th Avenue Peace River, AB, T8S-1V2
  • gord.atkinson@nsd61.ca 

Once NSD has captured the feedback, the Board of Trustees will review the input and other pertinent information prior to the May 24, 2019, Regular Board Meeting. At that time, the Board of Trustees will decide the future of Calling Lake Outreach School.

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