COVID-19 Information for Parents
Thank all of you for your patience and cooperation as we deal with the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on our schools and communities.
Since Sunday, March 15 when the Alberta Government announced that classes were canceled, we have been meeting with the Alberta Government, our colleagues in Central Alberta, and our staff to determine next steps, with a focus on continuity of learning for our students and supports to families and staff.
There is no question that the cancellation of classes is having a significant impact on everyone involved.
If you have any questions, please contact your school principal or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
During the next while, communication with you, the school, and Clearview will be vital. Clearview, schools, and teachers will be using phone and E-mail (SchoolMessenger) in our communications.
As such, please ensure with your school that we have your up-to-date contact information including E-mail and phone.
Also, you may opt in to receiving SMS (text) messages if possible and desired.
- Mental Health Supports
Your child may need supports for mental health, as a result of these additional stresses. If your child needs additional support, please contact your school principal who will arrange for a Family School Liaison staff member to connect with you and your child.
- Student Learning
School principals met with teachers and staff yesterday, and as a leadership group today, to coordinate our efforts to support continuity of student learning. Parents can expect more detailed communication from your school and teachers this week. While the learning will not be the same as students would normally receive, we are working hard to provide the best possible learning for our students.
Please also expect communication from schools this week on the sharing of technology, textbooks, and learning resources.
Our goal for all schools is to begin instruction for students starting Monday, March 23.
- What Will Learning From Home Look Like?
In making the announcement, the Alberta Government pledged that school staff will still be working and are expected to support continuity of learning for their students.
Teachers and other school staff will still be expected to work, either from home or at their workplace, to ensure these expectations are met. Decisions on how to do this are still to be made.
Our schools are looking at the best options for their school community. Schools and teachers will be communicating with parents, legal guardians, and students starting as early as this week or Monday, March 23.
- Access to Internet
We have opened access to our wireless networks. If you need access to the internet and are unable to do so elsewhere, you will be able to access our wireless networks as available near our school buildings and near the Clearview office in Stettler. While not ideal for everyone, we hope that by doing this we can help those in high need.
Schools will be communicating with parents and legal guardians very soon on how to claim any personal belongings at the school.
Alberta Education has committed that students in grade 12 will graduate this school year if they are scheduled to do so, and they will receive support from their teachers and their schools to ensure they will be able to complete courses required to enter post-secondary programs in Fall 2020.
- Provincial Examinations
Provincial achievement tests (for grades 6 and 9) have been canceled. A determination with respect to Diploma Exams (for grade 12) has not yet been made.
We will be reimbursing fees paid back to parents and legal guardians, as available or on a prorated amount.
For fees collected for a specific purpose (for example, field trips or milk), we will reimburse any unspent dollars.
In general, fees that are course/option fees or annual fees will be reimbursed on a pro-rated basis. If the fee was for a full year (e.g. locker) the reimbursement will be 3.5/10, and if based on a semester the calculator will be 3.5/5 months (based on a cut-off of March 15 and a 10-month operating cycle).
We will need time to process the payments, and parents and legal guardians can expect further communication on this. For now, our goal is to have this accomplished the week of March 23, 2020.
At this time, manual cheque reimbursements will consider a $5 threshold (that is, if the reimbursement in total would be less than $5 Clearview will not process this amount for manual cheques). If electronic (KEV), we will reimburse all amounts as there is no cost to doing so.
While reimbursing fees may suggest that classes in schools are canceled until the end of the year, we only know that classes are canceled indefinitely. The reimbursement of fees is to provide support for families that may be challenged during the current health crisis.
- Kindergarten and School Registration
We are currently reviewing processes to allow for registration, including being able to register on-line.
As shared at the beginning of this message, we will provide regular communication to all parents and legal guardians.
Here are links to some teaching resources for Staff and Parents.