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Superintendent's Message

Greetings to all of our students and families,

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The health and safety of our students and staff is always our top priority.  As with all public health matters, Clearview Public Schools is working closely with Alberta Education and Alberta Health Services to monitor and address concerns regarding COVID-19.  

We recognize the challenges that come with students being away from school.  While there are restrictions in place, students will continue to be engaged in learning.  I would encourage you to establish a regular daily routine with expectations for learning.    Be sure to follow guidelines provided by Alberta Health Services while trying to make things as normal as possible. 

The Chief Medical Officer's decision to cancel classes is a key strategy to keep your children healthy.  We know that this imposes a significant burden on many families. As well, you likely have many questions about how education will continue.  I’ll do my best to clarify.

Our staff this week are working hard to prepare for instruction from a distance.  This instruction will begin next Monday, the 23rd. In most cases, this will involve the use of technology.  Schools are communicating with you this week about the details. In cases where students do not have a device at home, the schools will be signing out Chromebooks.  The situation is rapidly evolving which means we all need to be a bit flexible. We want to ensure continuity of learning, and we will need your assistance. We recognize, however, not all families are equally equipped to support their child’s learning in the same way.  We will focus on the essential learnings from the curriculum. It’s not our goal to have your child learn everything they would have in a regular school setting. If we’re providing too much or too little, we will need your feedback to get it just right. Regular communication with teachers is important.

Alberta Education - March 20, 2020 - Learning Continuity

Content delivery for each grade is broken down as follows:

 Kindergarten – Grade 3

  • Education content will focus on language/literacy and mathematics/numeracy outcomes of the provincial curriculum.
  • Teachers will assign an average of five hours of work per student per week, and will be expected to work with their students and parents on the delivery of these materials.

Grades 4-6

  • Education content will continue to focus on language/literacy and mathematics/numeracy outcomes, and there will be opportunity to incorporate science and social studies outcomes through cross-curricular learning.
  • Teachers will assign an average of five hours of work per student per week, and will be expected to work with their students and parents on the delivery of these materials.

Grades 7-9

  • Education content will focus on core mathematics, language/literacy, science and social studies curriculum outcomes.
  • Teachers will assign an average of 10 hours of work per student per week, and will be expected to work with their students and parents on the delivery of these materials.

Grades 10-12

  • Education content will focus on specified and core courses required for high school graduation requirements, including language (English, French and French language arts), social studies, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Content from other courses will be delivered where possible, and accommodations for students unable to complete courses are in place.
  • Teachers will assign an average of 3 hours of work per course per week, and will be expected to work with their students and parents on the delivery of these materials.
  • Where possible, schools will work with high school students to complete their courses to the best of their ability, providing a final mark and awarding credits. 

Grade progression and report cards

Every student will receive final grades and will receive a report card, appropriate to their grade level.  Teachers will be responsible for assessing a student’s progress and assigning a final grade.

Provincial assessments

All Grade 6 and 9 provincial achievement tests and Grade 12 diploma exams are cancelled. Under special circumstances, students can request to write a diploma exam. Students wishing to do so should speak to their teacher and school administrator.

 

I appreciate our own staff’s willingness to collaborate, and we are heartened by the fact that many school divisions are offering their online resources,

With respect to your personal belongings, you will have had an opportunity this week to collect them.  In many cases, this has already happened.

Obviously, communication is essential during this health crisis.  Please ensure you have provided the school with your current contact information:  phone numbers and emails.

By Monday, we will be initiating a “Shelter in Place” at all of our schools.  Only school personnel and contract workers will be allowed on site. Any drop offs etc. can be coordinated through the school’s office..  

In the interests of public health, many events have been reluctantly cancelled.  Sports, award programs and graduations are either cancelled or postponed. This is really tough on us as well. One of the greatest rewards of educators is to watch young men and women cross a stage.  

On behalf of the staff and the Board of Trustees, please know that we are thinking about you and your children.  We miss having them in classes learning together.

I want you to know how proud we are of our staff, not only for their hard work and ingenuity but also for their eagerness to ensure your children continue to receive support.  This is a moment for all of us to step up for the children and each other. I believe this will be our finest hour. 

Alberta Education March 20, 2020 News Release

KEEP YOUR FAMILIES HEALTHY AND WELL:    

Clearview teachers will continue to use the provincial program of  studies (https://www.alberta.ca/programs-of-study.aspx)

You may find the resource Talking to Children about Coronavirus from the National Association of School Psychologists a helpful tool.

 

Peter Barron
Superintendent
Clearview Public Schools

 
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