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Superintendent Update for Parents - March 24, 2020
To: All Parents/Guardians
From: Darryl Seguin, Superintendent
On Friday, Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange announced guidelines for continuing student learning in Alberta. We were pleased that her recommendations aligned so closely with what our principals and teachers in Livingstone Range School Division were already working on for our students.
Here are some details that I want to highlight for you:
- Kindergarten-Grade 3: Focus on language/literacy and math/numeracy. Teachers will assign an average of 5 hours of work per week.
- Grades 4-6: Focus mainly on language/literacy and math/numeracy, with some time spent on social studies and science. Teachers will assign an average of 5 hours of work per week.
- Grades 7-9: Focus on language arts, math, science and social studies. Teachers will assign an average of 10 hours of work per week.
- Grades 10-12: Focus on core courses required for high school graduation (English, math, social studies, biology, chemistry and physics). Teachers will assign an average of 3 hours per subject of work per course per week. CTS courses, such as cosmetology or automotive classes, often require specialized equipment. As such, CTS courses will be looked at on a course-by course-basis and may continue to some degree.
- Grade 6 and Grade 9 Provincial Achievement Tests are cancelled.
- Grade 12 Diploma Exams are cancelled.
Grade 12 Students
- Students on track to receive 100 or more credits will still be eligible to graduate.
- Principals will have the ability to award up to 15 credits to students in Grade 12 whose program has been negatively impacted by class cancellations, to ensure eligible students graduate.
- Many students and parents wonder if graduation ceremony events will happen. At this time, it is too early to know. More information will be shared as it becomes available.
Beginning this week, students will start their education continuity with blended learning that includes online and offline experiences. Each school will determine the best way to deliver curriculum, and your child’s teacher or school will contact you with further details.
For parents who want to help supplement their child's learning, more than 4,000 resources aligned with Alberta's curriculum are available on http://www.learnalberta.ca/.
Although this is an uncertain time for families and students, we are confident that learning will continue in Livingstone Range School Division. I thank the administrators, teachers, and staff who spent last week working and planning with students’ best interest at heart, and who will continue to be passionate educators even with social distancing.
Please continue to check www.lrsd.ca and your school’s website for updated information. This is our official website where you’ll find authoritative, trusted information. Livingstone Range School Division does not have a Facebook profile, although many of our schools do. Please visit legitimate Division and school websites and social media for current official information.
Parents, students, and staff all have a responsibility for continued learning during this pandemic, and together we will do great things.
Superintendent, Livingstone Range School Division
Superintendent Update for Parents - March 17, 2020
Find Official Information
Find up-to-date information from these official authorities online:
- Alberta Health updates and Chief Medical Officer of Health for Alberta daily press conferences on COVID-19 - here
- Prevent the Spread Poster (Alberta Government) - here
- COVID Self Assessment - here
- Health Link 811 services - here
- Alberta Health Services COVID-19 information - here
- Government of Canada travel health notices - here
- World Health Organization - here
- World Health Organization myth-buster graphics - here
- Canada’s Public Health website - here
Posters & Signage *updated March 18, 2020
Classes Cancelled for All Students
March 15, 2020
Effective immediately, all classes are cancelled for all students across Alberta, including Livingstone Range School Division.
At a press conference from Edmonton on Sunday, March 15, Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange made the announcement and shared the following with school jurisdictions:
“The safety of our students, teachers and staff is the number one priority for all of us – for me and my Cabinet colleagues, for Dr. Hinshaw and for school staff.
“With that in mind, we will be indefinitely cancelling classes across the province. Students are expected to stay home.
“We are all in this together. And I hope you all agree this is the right decision.”
Livingstone Range School Division teachers and staff will still be expected to work, and student progression will be a top priority for all. In coming days, we will work on the details of what learning looks like for our students. We will communicate this plan to parents as details become more clear.
We understand that this will have a profound impact on families. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all contribute to flattening the curve of outbreak and keeping Albertans as safe as possible. As Minister LaGrange said, we indeed are all in this together.
Assessment Guide for Parents - March 15, 2020
We have a zero-tolerance illness policy for students and staff.
This parent guide for school attendance will help you determine when to keep your child home from school.
Superintendent Update for Parents - March 13, 2020
Parenting During COVID-19 | Link to Psychology Today Article
This is a great article from Psychology Ttoday for parents on how to help little ones cope with their fear, anger or frustration of COVID-19 or the consequences of things like cancelled trips, events, or vacations.