Parkland School Division Homepage News en-us Sat, 26 Sep 2020 15:53:19 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 https://www.psd70.ab.ca Feeling Sick? Here's What to Do - UPDATE September 24, 2020 - There are many questions swirling around when it comes to student illness and COVID-19. There may be some confusion as to when parents should keep their children home from school or when parents are allowed to return their children back to class.  First and foremost, it is the parents' role to screen their child(ren) for symptoms every morning.   Each day before going to school: Step 1 - Use the COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire Step 2 - If you answer "Yes" to any of the questions, stay home and use the AHS Online Self-Assessment Tool Step 3 - Follow the recommendations outlined by the self-assessment tool or take direction from your primary health care practitioner (family doctor) For a helpful summary of this important information, please refer to Parkland School Division's Stay At Home Guide. The bottom line: students with symptoms must not attend school UNLESS THEIR COVID TEST COMES BACK NEGATIVE. According to Alberta Health Services guidelines, if a child develops symptoms that could be caused either by COVID-19 or by a known pre-existing condition (e.g. allergies, chronic cough), the child should be tested for COVID-19 to confirm that it is not the source of their symptoms before returning to school. Anyone who exhibits symptoms must stay home and seek health care advice as appropriate: parents can call Health Link 811 and/or their primary health care practitioner (family doctor), and fill out the AHS Online Self-Assessment tool to determine if their child should be tested. You are legally required to self-isolate if: You test positive for COVID-19. You have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition. You have been in contact with someone known to have COVID-19. You have travelled outside Canada within the last 14 days. You do not have to self-isolate if:  You are awaiting asymptomatic test results. You have no symptoms of illness. You have symptoms of illness that are related to a pre-existing illness or health condition. You have tested negative for COVID-19. You have tested negative for COVID-19 and have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition. While AHS always recommends you stay home if sick until your symptoms resolve, you are not legally required to isolate if your COVID test comes back negative, and you may return to school upon completion of the Negative Test Declaration: For Students / For Staff. Visit the Alberta Health Services' website for more information on symptoms and testing. Isolation Requirements Have Symptoms You are legally required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition.   The mandatory isolation period is 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer. Tested Positive for COVID-19 You are legally required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days if you have tested positive for COVID-19.   Isolation period is 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer. Have Symptoms but Tested Negative for COVID-19 If you tested negative and have known exposure to COVID-19, you are legally required to quarantine for 14 days from the last date of your exposure.   If you tested negative and have no known exposure to the virus, you are not legally required to isolate. However, it is important to stay home until your symptoms resolve so that you do not infect others. Close Contacts of Confirmed Cases You are legally required to isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms if you are a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19. A close contact is someone who provides care to, lives with, has close physical contact with (without appropriate use of personal protective equipment), or comes into direct contact with infectious body fluids of someone with COVID-19.   If you become sick with cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat during this time, you must isolate for an additional 10 days from the beginning of symptoms or until you are feeling well, whichever takes longer. Pre-Existing Conditions If a student has COVID-like symptoms related to allergies or a pre-existing medical condition: The student should be tested for COVID-19 at least once before returning to school, and have a negative COVID-19 test result.   Should the student have a negative COVID-19 test result, these COVID-like symptoms would be considered their baseline health status. As long as the condition of their cough or runny nose remains the same and does not get worse, the student can attend school.   Talk to your school about your child’s pre-existing medical condition so the school may keep a confidential record of this condition. Parkland School Division Pre-Existing Condition Form For more information on COVID-19 screening and isolation procedures, please visit the Alberta Government website. https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23593&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23593&stream=Homepage News Strong Families Series: Understanding the Science of Children's Sleep September 18, 2020 - Parkland School Division is proud to partner with Alberta Parenting For The Future to present another FREE information session for local families. We've all heard that getting a good sleep is essential to maintaining good health in both adults and children: it can improve our mood, concentration, physical coordination, memory and immunity, while reducing our risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Getting a good sleep, however, may be easier said than done, as numerous factors can influence each individual's ability to do so. In our upcoming Strong Families session, Dr. Cary Brown, a U of A teacher and researcher in the areas of knowledge translation, health literacy, sleep, and chronic pain, will offer families practical tips for helping their children get quality sleep. Learn how to recognize signs of poor sleep hygiene in children, and how to manage the various biological and environmental factors in their lives to ensure they are able to get the best sleep possible. Dates: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 Time: 6:30pm Location: Online Zoom Webinar / Discussion Group Presenter: Dr. Cary Brown (University of Alberta) In this session, we will discuss the basics of how biology and the environment interact to help or hurt sleep. Armed with this information, parents will be able to identify any problems with their child's sleep habits, and to adjust their child's bedroom to create the best conditions for sleep. We will focus on straightforward, low stress, easy-to-accomplish examples and options - let's get practical about children's sleep! Please register early to reserve your spot by visiting https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/strong-families-understanding-the-science-of-childrens-sleep-registration-121630300503.   For more information, please contact: Vicky Mamczasz Family Supports Facilitator Email: vmamczasz@psd70.ab.ca https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23554&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23554&stream=Homepage News COVID-19 in Schools September 15, 2020 - Parkland School Division staff acknowledges that anxiety levels increase and more questions are raised when a positive case of COVID-19 appears in a school. Even more questions will arise if multiple cases are reported from the same school. The full Alberta Health Services (AHS) guidance document on this subject can be found at: Resource for COVID-19 in Schools (Guide for before, during and after an outbreak) This resource becomes the playbook the school division and schools to follow in the event of a positive case or outbreak in a school. Alert vs Outbreak An alert is generally defined as a warning sign that there may be more cases than would normally be expected in a defined community, geographical area or season. A COVID-19 alert in a school setting is defined as one confirmed case of COVID-19 in either a student or staff member in the school setting. A COVID-19 outbreak within a school setting is defined as “two or more confirmed cases (staff and/or student) within a 14 day period (one incubation period) OR two or more confirmed cases (staff/child) that are epidemiologically linked.” It is Alberta Health Services that determines the criteria and whether to declare an Alert or Outbreak. Notifications ONLY close contacts of a positive case will be contacted to let them know they are a positive case. AHS is responsible for following up with close contacts of a confirmed case. If you have NOT received this communication from the school asking you to keep your child home or retrieve your child at school, then you are not considered a close contact and may continue to attend classes at school. If there is ONE confirmed case in your school setting (with or without symptoms), your school will be on an Alert Status. AHS requires school divisions to notify all parents at a school once they are on an alert status. If there are TWO OR MORE confirmed cases in your school setting (staff/child) within a 14 day period (one incubation period) OR two or more confirmed cases staff child) that are epidemiologically linked, your school will be upgraded to Outbreak Status. AHS requires school divisions to notify all parents at a school once they are on outbreak status. If there are FIVE OR MORE confirmed cases in the outbreak at your school setting, the outbreak at your school will be publicly reported on the Alberta Health outbreak website. Privacy While schools may be required to share student/staff information with AHS Public Health under the Public Health Act, it is important for school staff and administration to protect the privacy of students/staff members. Personal information that may identify individuals who are COVID-19 cases to other members of the school community or to the public cannot be disclosed. The school will not be sharing which grade or classrooms are affected or whether or not is a student or staff member affected. Close Contact* The Alberta Health Services guidelines define ‘close contact’ in a school setting as individuals that: a) Provide direct care for an individual with COVID-19 or who had similar close physical contact OR b) Had close prolonged contact (i.e., for more than 15 minutes cumulative and within two metres) with a case OR c) Had direct contact with infectious body fluids of an individual with COVID-19 (i.e., was coughed or sneezed on).   Management of Individuals tested for COVID-19 The exceptions in the chart above always indicate ONLY the child who is identified as the close contact of a confirmed case would be expected to quarantine for the full 14 days even with a negative test result. Siblings & Family Members As indicated in the chart above, if there are siblings of a close contact that have not had direct contact with the confirmed case of COVID-19, those students are clear to attend school provided they are symptom free. For further information and resources, visit the PSD COVID-19 Info page for students, staff and parents. https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23622&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23622&stream=Homepage News Land Swap for Future Stony Plain Central School September 14, 2020 - Parkland School Division in partnership with the Town of Stony Plain are pleased to announce details of a Land Swap Agreement that will pave the way for construction to begin on the replacement school for Stony Plain Central School. At the August 19th Special Board Meeting, Parkland School Division’s Board of Trustees passed the following: The Board of Trustees accept, subject to the Minister’s approval, the sale of lands located on the current Stony Plain Central and the Old Memorial Composite High School sites in exchange for a new Stony Plain Central School site and elimination of joint use costs for the next 29 years, as defined in the Land Swap Agreement as presented at the Special Board Meeting on August 19, 2020. “Families at Stony Plain Central have been patiently and excitedly waiting for construction to begin for their replacement school that was announced in March of 2018. This recent transaction is fantastic news and indicates the start of visible and tangible progress to this exciting build that will serve Stony Plain students for years to come. The administrations teams for both the school division and the Town have worked successfully to create this win-win scenario. Having Stony Plain Central School as a hub in this future development is truly exciting for all involved.” - Lorraine Stewart, Parkland School Division Board Chair "The completion of the property development and land exchange for the new Stony Plain Central School site is an important milestone for our community. Together with the Parkland School Division, the Town has worked to facilitate the land sale and develop a new school for our residents. As Stony Plain continues to grow, the needs of residents grow in tandem. We are committed to providing our community and younger generations with the services they need to thrive."  - William Choy, Town of Stony Plain Mayor Recently, the Town of Stony Plain completed the servicing and paving of the 57th Avenue extension that will serve as one of the main access points to the future site of Stony Plain Central School. The contract for a building contractor is expected to be awarded by the end of this year. For further information, contact: Jordi Weidman, Director Strategic Communications Parkland School Division Email: jweidman@psd70.ab.ca Phone: 780-963-8473 Stephanie Barsby Boisvert, Corporate Communications Officer Town of Stony Plain Email: sboisvert@stonyplain.com Phone: 780-963-8606 https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23617&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23617&stream=Homepage News School Back In This Fall August 4, 2020 - The Minister of Education confirmed that the 2020-2021 school year for Parkland School Division will begin under Scenario 1 as outlined in the provinces previously announced School Re-Entry Plan. This means the return to in-school classes with additional safety protocols. Under scenario 1, schools will implement a number of public health measures, which include frequent cleaning of surfaces, placing hand sanitizers at school entrances and classrooms, grouping students in cohorts, and planning the school day to allow for physical distancing, which could include staggering start times for classes, recesses and lunches. Additional public health measures may be established prior to September on the advice of the chief medical officer of health in consultation with the education system. As local school authorities have the responsibility of planning for all three scenarios, Parkland School Division is well-positioned to move forward with the PSD 2020-21 Plan for School Re-entry. In addition, students, staff, parents and school visitors will be expected to use the COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire daily to determine whether they can enter the school. “We are excited to welcome students back August 31st. We recognize some apprehension that parents, students and staff share but are committed to supporting all of our students on their return to school. The Division and provincial plans have been developed with care and compassion. Every child deserves a safe and supportive learning environment and we are confident that we have the plans in place to deliver that.” - Shauna Boyce, PSD Superintendent Student and staff safety is the centre of all decisions that guide PSD’s Re-entry Plan. Parkland School Division is committed to Student Success and Well-Being. The Division recognizes that, as a system, well-being must be present for all stakeholders, and therefore is committed to fostering physical literacy, lifelong health and well-being at all levels.  Mandatory Mask Wearing for Grades 4 - 12 As announced by the Education Minister August 4th, mask use for students in grades 4 to 12, as well as all school staff, will be mandatory when school returns for the 2020-21 school year. Staff will be required to wear masks in all settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained, and students will be required to wear them in all shared and common areas, such as hallways and on buses. Mask use for kindergarten to grade 3 students will continue to be optional. Every single Kindergarten to Grade 12 student will be provided with two reusable masks. This will ensure that students who are required to wear masks will have them, and will allow for our Kindergarten to Grade 3 students to have masks should they wish to wear them. We will also provide all of our teachers, school staff, and bus drivers with two masks. Please refer to the Parkland School Division Mask Protocol. Healthy Hygiene Update As part of our school re-entry plan, we indicated that entrances to schools and classrooms will require hand sanitizing stations. To assist our schools with stocking up on sanitizer, Alberta’s government will provide approximately 466,000 litres of hand sanitizer to our school authorities across Alberta. Every school will be supplied with two contactless thermometers to assist with managing student and staff health. Thermometer use will be at the discretion of the school authority. Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services are working hard to expand testing capacity and reduce turnaround times for testing, including in-school staff, teachers and students, so that anyone with symptoms or close contacts of cases can be rapidly tested and receive test results promptly. Please refer to the Parkland School Division Enhanced Cleaning Protocol. School Re-Entry Plans Blueberry School Brookwood School École Broxton Park School Connections for Learning Copperhaven School Duffield School Entwistle School Forest Green School Graminia School Greystone Centennial Middle School High Park School Memorial Composite High School École Meridian Heights School Millgrove School Muir Lake School Parkland Village School Prescott Learning Centre Spruce Grove Composite High School Stony Plain Central School Tomahawk School Wabamun School Woodhaven Middle School Related information Return to School tool kit Student Learning Hub Multimedia Returning to school videos Key documents include: PSD Documents: PSD 2020-21 Plan for School Re-Entry (updates in progress) PSD 2020-21 Guidance for School Re-Entry - Principal's Handbook  PSD Early Education Re-entry Plan 2019-2020 Year-End Superintendent Message for Parents & Guardians PSD Staff/Parent Survey Summary(s) PSD Frequently Asked Questions PSD Policies and Procedures  COVID-19 Protocols Mask Protocol Transportation Services COVID-19 Measures Educational Options for 2020-2021 Enhanced Cleaning Protocol Staff and Students School Entry Protocol Visitor Entry Protocol for PSD School Sites Responding to Illness Protocol Alberta Government/Alberta Health Services Documents: https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-documents.aspx Alberta Education Documents: 2020-21 School Re-Entry Plan Get the Facts: Back to Class for 2020-21 Guidance for School Re-Entry - Scenario 1 Implementing School Re-Entry Guidance - NEW Aug. 20th Guidance for School Re-Entry - Scenario 2 Resource for Covid-19 In Schools - (Guide for before, during, and after an outbreak) https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23518&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23518&stream=Homepage News Administrative Appointment for 2020-2021 September 9, 2020 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools, Shauna Boyce, is pleased to announce the following administrative appointment for the 2020-2021 school year. The newest member of the PSD Leadership Team is Mrs. Shelly Wiebe, who will be the Acting Principal at Entwistle School. Ms. Christin Blair will be transitioning to a new role assisting online/distance learners in Parkland School Division. “We’d like to thank Ms. Blair for her contributions to our Lead Team and Entwistle School and community this past year and we know that her vast experience will serve students well in her new role.” stated Superintendent Boyce. “Shelly Wiebe brings a wealth of knowledge, mostly from Early Years and Kindergarten settings combined with the hands on experience in Early Literacy and Trauma Informed Practice, that will be a valuable asset to students and families in the Entwistle area. She happens to be from that area originally which should also assist in a smooth transition to her new role.” Shelly Wiebe, Acting Principal Entwistle School (Gr. K-9)  Shelly Wiebe has been teaching since 2010 and has held various roles in the region before landing in Parkland School Division in September of 2018.  Her most recent role has been as an Early Years teacher at Wabamun School. Previously, she's served as a Collaborative Teaching Partner working closely with Early Childhood Services supporting Kindergarten Teachers. She has also worked as part of a multidisciplinary team including speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, family support workers and educational psychologists to provide universal supports and student-specific targeted supports and interventions for students at a variety of PSD schools. Prior to joining PSD, Mrs. Wiebe had teaching stops with Northern Gateway Public Schools in Onoway as well as an Assistant Principal and Inclusive Education Facilitator role at Pat Hardy Primary School in Whitecourt, AB. Shelly earned her Bachelor of Education (After Degree)  from Concordia University College of Alberta in 2010.  She previously earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Political Science) from the University of Alberta in 1994. She is also currently working through an Interdisciplinary Masters Program through the University of Calgary's Werklund School of Education. "I am very excited to join the amazing school community at Entwistle School. I have many roots in the Wildwood/Evansburg/Entwistle area. I look forward to working with the students,staff and families in a community I consider home.” For more information, contact: Mark Francis Deputy Superintendent  Parkland School Division  Phone: 780-963-4010   https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23591&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23591&stream=Homepage News Fair Notice - Violence Threat Risk Assessment September 3, 2020 - The goal of Violence/Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) process is is that every incident of youth violence in our communities be addressed. VTRA is early intervention – which is quite possibly prevention. The process is initiated and managed by school administrators who have received VTRA training from the Canadian Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response. Duty to Report There is zero tolerance for not responding. Prevention of youth violence is a community responsibility and it is everybody’s duty to report. Under-reaction is epidemic and a chief factor of escalation from thought to action. What is a Threat? A threat is an expression of intent to do harm or act out violently against someone or something. Threats may be verbal, written, drawn, posted on the internet, or made by gesture. Threats must be taken seriously, investigated, and responded to. In a culture of responsible reporting, students need to believe that they will be believed when they confide; their identity will be kept confidential; their information will be acted upon promptly; and their concern will be investigated thoroughly. Who is on a Threat Assessment Team? Each threat assessment team is multi agency. The team may include school staff, psychologist, police, child protection agencies, community mental health workers, hospitals, probation/parole and other professionals. What is the Main Purpose of a Threat Assessment? To ensure the safety of students, staff, parents, and others. To ensure a full understanding of the context of the threat. To begin to understand the factors that contribute to the threat maker’s behaviour. To view the student as in need of intervention rather than to be disciplined. To be proactive in developing an intervention plan that addresses the emotional and physical safety of the threat maker. It may include disciplinary action but will include appropriate supports to aid the student in developing and using positive strategies. To promote the emotional and physical safety of all. To ensure all school and agency partners are working together with a common understanding and protocol. What happens in a Student Threat Assessment? All threat making behaviour by a student(s) shall be reported to the Principal who will activate the protocol for the initial response. Once the team has been activated, interviews may be held with students, the threat maker(s), parents and staff to determine the level of risk and develop an appropriate response to the incident. Intervention plans will be developed and shared with parents, staff, and students as required and as appropriate. The Partners Education partners are committed to creating and maintain school environments in which students, staff, parents and others feel safe. Parkland School Division, Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional Division, Living Waters Christian Academy, Mother Earth’s Childrens’ Charter School, St. Matthew Lutheran School, and Columbus Academy - Bosco Homes have taken a lead role as there is a direct application to the health and safety of the school environment. Community Supports Aboriginal Parent Link - Native Counselling Services of Alberta Alberta Health Services – Childrens’ Mental Health Alberta Human Services – Children & Family Services Alberta Parenting for the Future Canadian Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response City of Spruce Grove Columbus Academy - Bosco Homes Schools Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional School Division No. 2 Family and Community Support Services – Spruce Grove Family and Community Support Services – Stony Plain Living Waters Christian Academy Mother Earth Children’s Charter School Parkland County Parkland School Division No. 70 RCMP SML Christian Academy Spruce Grove Fire Department Town of Stony Plain Additional information is available in the VTRA Fair Notice and Practice Information Brochure. For more information contact:  Leah Andrews Director, Student Services   Phone: 780-963-8421  Email: landrews@psd70.ab.ca https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11877&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11877&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - September 1, 2020 September 1, 2020 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: As previously determined at the Board's Organizational Meeting in June by acclamation, both Board Chair, Lorraine Stewart, and Vice Chair, Eric Cameron, remain in those same roles for the 2020-2021 school year.  The Board approved the proposed changes to Board Remuneration model for the 2020-2021 school year. At the conclusion of the meeting there was also another Notice of Motion for the next board meeting where a 20% reduction to trustee compensation has been proposed for the 2020-2021 school year. The Board received as information the 2020 Facilities Services Summer Work Report as presented by Director of Facilities Services, Serge LaBrie. The Board received as information the Human Resources Department 2019-2020 Report as presented by Director of Human Resources, Shae Abba. The Board received as information the 2019-2020 Student Conduct Report as presented by Deputy Superintendent, Mark Francis. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education   https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23557&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23557&stream=Homepage News Nature Kindergarten: Space Available August 19, 2020 - Nature Kindergarten is an optional extension program based at Muir Lake School and focused on providing meaningful student engagement in a nature-based setting while addressing kindergarten curriculum. With our ultimate goal being student success and well-being, we ensure children spend the majority of their day outside exploring the local environment as inspiration for their learning. Nature Kindergarten nurtures independent, confident and resilient learners with a zeal for problem-solving. Physical literacy and lifelong health and well-being are fostered through outdoor adventures that contribute to the social and emotional assets of individual health. Space Available As of today, the following spaces are currently available in our Nature Kindergarten Program: Monday/Wednesday Nature Kindergarten - 5 spaces available Tuesday/Thursday Nature Kindergarten - 6 spaces available Students attend Nature Kindergarten on days alternate to when they attend their regular Kindergarten program. In other words, children enrolled in a regular Monday/Wednesday Kindergarten program should be registered for Tuesday/Thursday Nature Kindergarten, and vice versa. 2020-2021 Registration To apply to the 2020-2021 Nature Kindergarten Program, please complete and submit a Nature Kindergarten Application Form. Please note: Your child must first be registered for Kindergarten at a Parkland School Division school before they can be registered in the Nature-Based Kindergarten program. Complete information on the registration process can be found on our Registration page. NEW: Priority shall be given to Parkland School Division students, but out-of-division applicants may be considered if space and resources are available. More Information To learn more about Parkland School Division's Nature Kindergarten program, please visit the Nature Kindergarten page.   For more information contact: Muir Lake School Phone: 780-963-3535 Email: muirlake@psd70.ab.ca https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23217&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23217&stream=Homepage News Educational Options for 2020-2021 August 4, 2020 -  Parkland School Division will be offering a number of options to meet the needs of our students and families as we return to in-person classes. We understand that many families are concerned about a full-return to in-person classes and we are preparing options for families who wish to have students continue to work at home starting in September while still remaining enrolled in their designated school. Please consider the following options as you make an informed decision for your child and family. Option 1 - Return to In-person Classes with Additional Safety Protocols Schools will implement a number of public health measures, which include frequent cleaning of surfaces, placing hand sanitizers at school entrances and classrooms, grouping students in cohorts, and planning the school day to allow for physical distancing, which will include staggering start times for classes, recesses and lunches wherever possible. Additional public health measures may be established prior to September on the advice of the chief medical officer of health in consultation with the education system.  More detail: PSD's 2020-2021 Return to School Re-entry Plan Guidance for School Re-entry - Principal's Handbook In addition, students, staff, parents and school visitors will be expected to use a self-screening questionnaire daily to determine whether they can enter the school. There will also be mandatory mask use for students in grades 4 to 12, as well as all school staff. Staff will be required to wear masks in all settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained, and students will be required to wear them in all shared and common areas, such as hallways and on buses. Mask use for kindergarten to grade 3 students will continue to be optional. Every single Kindergarten to Grade 12 student will be supplied with two reusable masks. This will ensure that students who are required to wear masks will have them, and will allow for our Kindergarten to Grade 3 students to have masks should they wish to wear them. Regular attendance is expected unless students are required to self-isolate or have other legitimate reasons for their absence. Although staff will make every effort to ensure the success of students, it will be possible for students to receive a course mark of “insufficient” or below 50% should they not meet the minimum expectations of the course work. Option 2 - Teacher Supported At-Home Learning (Through Your Designated School) Under option 2, students will remain enrolled at their home/local school and be provided teacher directed learning activities but continue to work at home. Option 2 is intended for families who have decided that they are not ready to return to in-person classes under Option 1, but intend to re-enter the classroom at some point. Under this option, students will have an assigned teacher who directs the learning activities, provides assistance, and sets a schedule of learning activities and will ensure that the curriculum is being followed in a similar fashion to those students who are attending regular classes at school. As program delivery will take place online, participating families will need to provide their own internet access, as well as one dedicated device with a webcam per student. Learning expectations and time commitments will be more rigorous compared to the emergency learning implemented during the COVID response from March - June of 2020. It’s expected that the curriculum pace will be the same as in the regular classroom. This will facilitate the return of students to school when parents deem it safe to do so and ensure all students are on pace to complete the required curricular outcomes. Those students who choose Option 2 and wish to re-enter the classroom, may do so on the following dates: Monday, October 5 Monday, November 16 Monday, January 4 Tuesday, February 16 Wednesday, April 7 High school students may change from Option 2 to Option 1 at the semester breaks during the quarter semester school year. Other Option 2 considerations: Option 2 students will experience both synchronous learning (online with the teacher who is responsible for their learning) and asynchronous learning (learning on their own or with the assistance of a parent). Attendance expected and tracked during synchronous learning Students will be expected to manage deadlines working from home Students will need to be self-aware as to what they are doing well with and what they need support with and be willing to proactively access that support Students are well able to access information in a variety of formats online (ie. text-based, video tutorials and live meets) As the program is designed for the student’s eventual return to in-person classes, students will be expected to participate in all required curriculum All summative assessments will be marked and posted into PowerSchool as if students were attending an in-person class; incomplete assessments will eventually result in a zero if not completed Students will need to schedule their days to include attendance during synchronous learning times, independent work time, movement breaks, and meal times Although staff will make every effort to ensure the success of students, it will be possible for students to receive a course mark of “insufficient” or below 50% should they not meet the minimum expectations of the course work Parent support at home for younger students   To summarize, this option has been created for those families who have a student or students who would be at school if the COVID-19 pandemic did not exist.   Option 3 - Virtual Learning at Connections for Learning (CFL) Parents may consider a full-time online delivery program for Grade 1-12 education, which will operate out of the Connections for Learning alternative education site. Virtual Learning will be a teacher-directed program that will allow students to work from home via online learning tools and remote access to content. As program delivery will take place online, participating families will need to provide their own Internet access, as well as one dedicated device with a webcam per student. This program is best suited to students who are comfortable working independently in an online environment, with parents/guardians who are able to provide their students with the tools, supervision and support they will need to be successful. Please Note: This program is not designed or intended for the purpose of responding to in-school class cancellation due to COVID-19. This is a full-time program with a full-year commitment for those who prefer to learn in this manner.  Learning expectations and time commitments will be more rigorous compared to the emergency learning implemented during the COVID response from March - June of 2020. It’s expected that the curriculum pace will be the same as in the regular classroom. Please note: for families that do not have internet access or technology, please select Option 3 and then contact Connections for Learning to discuss print-based options. Other considerations for Option 3: Students will be expected to manage deadlines working from home Students will need to be self-aware as to what they are doing well with and what they need support with and be willing to proactively access that support Students are well able to access information in a variety of formats online (ie. text-based, video tutorials and live meets) Parent support at home for younger students Students will need to schedule their days to include attendance during synchronous learning times, independent work time, movement breaks, and meal times Attendance expected and tracked for synchronous learning times All summative assessments will be marked and posted into PowerSchool as if students were attending an in-person class; incomplete assessments will eventually result in a zero if not completed Although staff will make every effort to ensure the success of students, it will be possible for students to receive a course mark of “insufficient” or below 50% should they not meet the minimum expectations of the course work   For more information, click here. Option 4 - Home Education (Parent-directed program with support through Connections for Learning) Families can choose to educate their children entirely at home. This is a parent-directed program with access to teacher support. Parents can select curriculum, resources and methodology consistent with their family’s beliefs. We encourage parents to set a curriculum that aligns with their values, and provide learning opportunities specifically designed for their child. With a partnership with Connections for Learning, Home Education families have access to the same opportunities experienced through CFL’s other programs, such as workshops, community learning events, field trips and more. In addition, our Home Education Program employs a certificated teacher who can help parents plan their child's program and provide educational support to homeschooling families throughout the school year.  For further information, click here.   https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23520&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23520&stream=Homepage News