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Information for Parents - K-12 At-home Learning

On May 4, 2021, the Alberta Government introduced a series of new COVID-19 measures that will impact various sectors in our communities and across the province. The following changes to education will be implemented under the direction of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Grades K-12

  • Move to at-home learning starting Friday, May 7

  • Resume in-person classes Tuesday, May 25

We acknowledge the many challenges we face in our community during these unprecedented times. The health and safety of our entire community are paramount and we wish the best for everyone. If you or your child is feeling overwhelmed or if you are experiencing any difficulties with the technology or programs being used during this learning at home period, please contact your school administration.

Our commitment continues to be to keep our community and families informed. We sincerely appreciate everyone’s patience at this time.

Health and Well-Being of our Students

Please understand we recognize that these latest changes will increase demands on children and families, and at this time everyone’s health and well-being is more important than ever. Our schools will be offering quality programming specific to different grade levels, but out of respect for each individual family’s circumstances, our commitment as a division is to work with you and provide modifications (technical support, lighten the load, etc.) as required. If there are concerns with workload, ability to complete the work required, etc., please contact your child’s teacher or school’s administration to discuss options.

Mental Health supports (e.g., FSLWs and Success Coaches) will continue to be available and our counsellors will continue to contact students/families to provide support. Please call the school as needed.

We know that parents are busy, but we would ask that you please check in with your child regularly to see how they are doing. Once again, if there are any concerns whatsoever, please let your school know.

Academic Programming

Grades K-6 students

  • Alberta Education has directed that schooling for K-6 students should focus on literacy and numeracy.

  • One hour of literacy instruction per day (will include both instruction and student work time).

  • One hour of numeracy instruction per day (will include both instruction and student work time).

  • The portion that involves direct instruction in literacy and numeracy will be recorded for students to view at an alternate time as needed.

  • One physical activity session open to all grade levels K-6 offered every day.

  • One other block of alternate instruction will be offered daily. This will be a general interest, cross-curricular activity (not necessarily grade-specific). Each school will provide a daily schedule of alternate activities. (e.g., Music, Social Studies, Art, Science, etc.)

  • With respect to all items listed above, each school will provide scheduling specific to their school.

Please Note: Some schools that have teachers instructing in both elementary and junior high classes may have to provide alternate schedules.

Grades 7-12 students

  • Alberta Education has directed that schooling for grade 7-12 students should be ‘business as usual’.

  • The regular student timetable and bell times will be followed exactly.

  • Regardless of subject, every teacher lesson will be synchronous and delivered ‘live’. Every subject that the student currently takes now will continue to be delivered.

  • The teacher and the educational assistant (if assigned to class/students in grade 7-12) will provide ‘live’ instruction to students and then will be available to provide individualized support to students for the duration of the period length.

  • Attendance will be taken in every class as usual.

  • For more information please see the At-Home Learning Code of Conduct below.

  • With regard to student assessment, teachers will use ‘professional judgment’ and evaluate accordingly given the learning environment/circumstances (applies to core and non-core classes).

  • We are awaiting direction from AB ED in regards to CTS, Green Certificate, work experience and RAP and will provide more information as soon as possible.

Students currently enrolled in St. Paul Education At-Home Learning

  • Daily programming will continue as previously provided.

Hutterite Colony Schools/Outreach Schools/Pre-schools & PUF programs

  • Daily, in-person programming will continue as previously provided.

General Information for all students K-12

  • Lessons will also be available in a paper and pencil format. Please contact the school to make arrangements.

  • Contact the school if you need to borrow an additional device(s) for learning at home. Division techs will also be available to provide support throughout the school day. Contact your school if you have any questions or require assistance.

  • For students/families with issues like internet connection, internet access, lack of available technology, etc., schools will make the necessary alternate arrangements. Please contact your school.

  • Your child will be able to bring everything they need for their time at home when they go home on Thursday, May 6. Students and parents can come to school as necessary to pick up materials, download content, etc. We ask that students/parents please call ahead and make appointments before coming to school.

  • FSLWs, Success Coaches, School Linked Teams (OT/SLP), Career Counselling services, etc. will continue to provide virtual service.

  • Schools will remain open during normal office hours to answer any questions. In order to control the spread of COVID-19, outside doors will remain locked. Should you need to come to the school for any reason please call ahead and make an appointment.

  • Note: May 21, 2021 is a PD Day. No instruction will be provided.

  • We are aware parents have paid fees to schools for various activities or program delivery, such as CTS, field trips, bussing or sports activities. We are in the process of reviewing all fees collected to determine what portion should be refunded.

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please call the school office and your call will be appropriately directed.

Important Supporting Documents

St. Paul Education At-Home Learning Code of Conduct

Privacy Concerns with Posting Recorded Lessons

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