Parkland School Division Homepage News en-us Tue, 14 Jul 2020 17:36:32 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 https://www.psd70.ab.ca 2020-21 Plan for School Re-entry June 30, 2020 - The Parkland School Division 2020-21 Plan for School Re-entry will guide our schools when it comes to our COVID-19 response and operations for the 2020-2021 school year.  All of the measures implemented in this plan apply to both Scenario 1 and Scenario 2 when it comes to general building safety, enhanced cleaning, screening and responding to illness.  View the full plan >>> 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.  Procedural Guidance Procedural guidance comes from the Ministry of Health and is informed by Alberta government guidance documents, directives from Alberta Education and PSD policies and administrative procedures. Key documents include: PSD Documents: PSD 2020-21 Guidance for School Re-Entry PSD Staff/Parent Survey Summary(s) PSD Policies and Procedures  Alberta Government/Alberta Health Services Documents: https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-documents.aspx Alberta Education Documents: 2020-21 School Re-Entry Plan Guidance for School Re-Entry - Scenario 1 Guidance for School Re-Entry - Scenario 2 Three Scenarios The Alberta Government has indicated that the preferred and most likely scenario is that students will return to daily in-school classes at the beginning of the school year. While school divisions have some flexibility in addressing local context, any decision on which scenario is implemented resides with the Alberta Government. The decision will depend on advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health based on how the pandemic is trending at that time. School divisions have been advised that a final decision on which scenario to be implemented will be made before August 1, 2020. Scenarios: In-school classes resume (near normal operations with additional health measures) In-school classes partially resume with additional health measures At-home learning continues, in-school classes are cancelled How is Scenario 2 different from Scenario 1? The guidance described for Scenario 1 and Scenario 2 is similar for many categories.   Scenario 2 guidance tends to be more prescriptive.     A key difference between the two is the implementation of defined cohorting with Scenario 2. This means that groups of students must stay together and would MOST LIKELY attend schools on alternating days in order to facilitate more physical distancing. Students work on teacher assigned/self-directed/online content on days when they are home. Important to Note As mentioned in the province’s Re-Entry Plan announced June 10, it is imperative that school authorities plan and prepare for all of these three scenarios, as the COVID-19 pandemic may change at any time, and school authorities may be required to transition from one scenario to another with short notice. If the Ministry of Health instructs the division, or a school within the division, to transition to Scenario 2, students and staff will be required to quickly transition to a program that blends in-school classes with learning-at-home. Implementation of Parkland School Division's school re-entry plan is subject to change with direction from the Chief Medical Officer of Health. It is based on the best available information and conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This plan will be adjusted when information becomes available as the status of the COVID-19 pandemic changes. Please stay tuned to the Parkland School Division website for updates. For more information, contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: divisionoffice@psd70.ab.ca https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23515&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23515&stream=Homepage News Fall Relaunch Survey Results June 22, 2020 - Parkland School Division is planning for what the 2020-2021 school year might look like for our students, staff and families now that Alberta Education has released its K-12 Re-Entry Plan. In May, Alberta's Ministry of Education (through the Alberta School Councils Association, ASCA) surveyed parents to ask for feedback on three potential scenarios that are being considered. School authorities will be directed by the Ministry once they decide on a path forward and all plans will start with the most up-to-date public health measures set by Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. Knowing what's important to our families will help us plan for versions of the three different scenarios being considered by the Government of Alberta: Normal return to operations A modified school calendar - Eg. longer/shorter school day hours, alternating days, split class attendance morning/afternoon, combination of in-class and at-home learning Schools remain closed for classes and at-home learning continues Participation in the PSD parent/guardian survey was completely voluntary and was conducted after the ASCA survey. The PSD survey was open for a total of 9 days and generated 5,271 responses. The survey covered three topics of consideration including students learning-from-home, safety measures and transportation concerns. For a more detailed breakdown of the data, click here.  It's important to note that the government will be choosing the scenarios that school jurisdictions will have to follow and those scenarios may vary by region. The decision on which scenario will be in effect for the start of fall classes will be made no later than August 1, 2020, and that decision will depend on advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health based on how the pandemic is trending at that time. Parkland School Division continues to work with the provinces Re-Entry Plan documents and will be considering input from stakeholders as Divisional and individual school guidelines are developed for the return to in-school classes as soon as public health orders permits. For more information, contact: Parkland School Division Email: divisionoffice@psd70.ab.ca Phone: 780-963-4010   https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23488&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23488&stream=Homepage News PSD's Transportation Services COVID-19 Measures From the Alberta 2020-21 School Re-Entry Plan Children and students across the province travel to and from school through a combination of walking, being driven by their parents/guardians, public transportation and school bus services provided by school authorities. Travel/transportation of children and students must follow public health measures in place. Detailed planning is underway and more information will follow. Scenario 1: In-school classes resume (near normal with health measures) School authorities determine transportation service levels, ensuring that all children and students legally entitled to transportation are transported in accordance with the resumption plan for the school authority. A full complement of drivers will likely be required for school authorities that are resuming classes. School authorities should adjust routing accordingly. School authorities should discuss transportation plans early in cases of Education Services Agreements with First Nations. School authorities must also consider additional safety measures to minimize the risk of exposure to the driver, children and students. Considerations include that a protective physical divider may be considered for the driver; fixed seating plans should be implemented to assist contact tracing, students from the same family should sit together, and, when possible maintain physical distancing between students; and additional resources and supplies will be required to sanitize the bus after every route. Scenario 2: in-school classes partially resume (with additional health measures) School authorities determine transportation service levels, ensuring that all children and students legally entitled to transportation are transported in accordance with the resumption plan for the school authority. A full complement of drivers will likely be required for school authorities that are resuming classes, even if children or students are attending on a modified schedule (alternate days). School authorities should adjust routing accordingly. Boards should discuss transportation plans early in cases of Education Services Agreements with First Nations. School authorities must also consider additional safety measures to minimize the risk of exposure to the driver, children and students. Considerations include that a protective physical divider may be considered for the driver; seating plans must be implemented to assist contact tracing, students from the same family should sit together and maintain physical distancing between children and students; and additional resources and supplies will be required to sanitize the bus after every route. Alberta Education is collaborating with Alberta Transportation and Alberta Health to ensure challenges raised by school authorities are considered. Parkland School Division’s Regional Response Parents are encouraged to review and consider all provincial and local measures in order to make an informed decision when deciding on Transportation for their child(ren). The final decision on whether to access the service is entirely parents’ discretion. These strategies include: Students will have assigned seating and the seating plan may be based on the order of pick up in the mornings. (First pickups would be seated at the rear of the bus and continue forward to avoid students walking past each other regardless of Grades.) Seating plans will be strictly enforced by bus drivers in order to facilitate contact tracing should there be a student that contracts COVID-19. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided for all drivers. This may include masks, gloves or perhaps a face shield. Any PPE in use cannot interfere with the safe operation of the school bus. Hand hygiene expectations for bus drivers and riders. No food or drinks should be brought on to the bus. Items such as iPads or other electronic devices should not be shared with other students. All waste, (e.g. Kleenex etc.) should be kept with the student and disposed of at home or at school and should not be discarded on the bus.   No guest riders will be allowed. Only designated riders with a valid bus pass will be allowed to board a bus. Enhanced environmental clearing and disinfecting including a cleaning log to be kept on the bus. High-touch surface areas will be cleaned several times a day and regularly scheduled deep cleaning will occur when students are not present. As per the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s recommendation on mask-wearing - Albertans are encouraged to wear non-medical masks in public when it's difficult to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres at all times. Strict stay-at-home policy for any students or staff exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (even if symptoms resemble a mild cold) Most of the bus stops in Parkland School Division’s regional transportation system are congregated stops in order to create efficiencies. Parents should be aware that there could potentially be large numbers of students at some of the urban bus stops where physical distancing protocols may not be followed. Bus Transfer stations will be monitored by on-site staff and physical distancing will be in effect but cannot be guaranteed due to the large number of students and buses involved at these sites.   Scenario 2 Busing for Scenario 2 is being examined and details will be shared once more information in Parkland School Division’s overall Re-Entry Plan is available.   For further information, contact: Parkland School Division Transportation Services Email: transportation@psd70.ab.ca Phone: 780-963-8452 https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23501&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23501&stream=Homepage News Summer Hours - Centre for Education June 19, 2020 - With the delivery of online/at-home learning materials concluding June 19th and assessments and report cards being finalized for the 2019-2020 school year, Parkland School Division's Centre for Education is preparing to shift to summer hours, beginning the first week of July. Summer Hours Monday to Thursday 8am-4:30pm   Our office will be closed Fridays from July 3 to August 7, inclusive. We will also be closed on Wednesday, July 1 for Canada Day. We will resume our regular hours, Monday to Friday, 8am-4:30pm, on August 10. We wish you a safe and enjoyable summer!   For more information contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: DivisionOffice@psd70.ab.ca  https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=759&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=759&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - June 16, 2020 June 16, 2020 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 via video conference. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Organizational Meeting Highlights The Board held its annual Organizational Meeting in addition to the regular Board Meeting. Trustee Lorraine Stewart was elected Board Chair by acclamation. Eric Cameron was elected Vice Chair by acclamation. All the new positions posted below as the result of the Organization meeting will be effective September 1, 2020. The Board Chair and Vice Chair will be sworn in at the Regular Board Meeting September 1, 2020. "It is once again my privilege to serve as Board Chair for the 2020-2021 school year," stated Trustee Stewart. "I look forward to learning more and always enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with my colleagues who clearly emphasize student success and well-being in all their decisions. Together, we strive to positively impact the world by supporting our students who will be in a better position to do the same by virtue of their time spent in PSD." "I am honored to serve as Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees for PSD." stated Trustee Cameron.  "It's clear our team always puts students first in every decision made. It's been a wonderful experience building our leadership team over the last few years and I look forward to what we can accomplish together moving forward." The following committee positions were also chosen: Education Committee Chairperson (Paul McCann) Student Advisory Committee Co-Chairs (Eric Cameron, Lorraine Stewart) Benefit Plan Advisory Committee  (Darlene Clarke) Teacher/Board Advisory Committee (Darlene Clarke, Ron Heinrichs, Anne Montgomery) Audit Committee (Eric Cameron, Paul McCann, Anne Montgomery) Advocacy Committee Chairperson (Lorraine Stewart) Alberta School Boards Association, Zone II (Eric Cameron,Sally Kucher-Johnson) Public School Boards' Association (Ron Heinrichs, Lorraine Stewart) Stony Plain Joint-Use Committee (Paul McCann) Spruce Grove Joint-Use Committee (Anne Montgomery) Alberta Teachers' Association Labour Relations (Eric Cameron, Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson) Central Alberta Assocation of Municipal and School Employees Labour Relations (Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson, Paul McCann) International Union of Operating Engineers Labour Relations (Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson, Paul McCann) Council of School Councils (Anne Montgomery) Teachers' Employer Bargaining Association Representative (Eric Cameron) Rural Caucus of Alberta School Boards (Lorraine Stewart) The Board approved Appendix 7.3, the Trustee Remuneration Schedule in Board Policy 7. At the Regular Board Meeting, the Board decided to maintain the current Trustee Schedule as it currently reads in Board Policy 7: Board Operations, Appendix 7.3. as the Audit Committee recommendations to approve a new model for remuneration and a reduction to the professional development and per diem components were defeated. (see below) The Board established the Meeting Dates for 2020-2021. The Board approved revisions to Policy 2 Appendix 2.1 - Board Annual Work Plan (2020-2021). Regular Meeting Highlights The Board accepted and ratified The Parkland School Division (PSD) Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA), Memorandum of Agreement dated March 6, 2020 as recommended by the ATA Labour Relations Committee. The Board heard an amendment and subsequently defeated the recommendation to the 20% reduction to Trustee Professional Development Budget and Per Diem Component of Trustee Remuneration for the 2020-2021 school year. The Board then followed by defeating the recommendation to approve the 40% Reduction to Trustee Professional Development Budget and the Per Diem Component of Trustee Remuneration for the 2020-2021 school year. The Board defeated the recommendation to the proposed changes to Board Remuneration for the 2020-2021 school year, as recommended by the Audit Committee. The Board received as information the Quarterly Financial Report for the quarter ended May 31, 2020. As of May 31, 2020, revenues for the year to date were $96.0 million dollars and expenditures year to date were $97.3 million resulting in a deficit of $1.3 million. A deficit of $1.9 million is forecast for the year ended August 31, 2020. The Board received as information the Instructional Services Report as presented by Instructional Services Director, Kathy Mann. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., Centre for Education, 4603-43 Street, Stony Plain, AB   https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23477&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23477&stream=Homepage News K-12 Re-Entry Plan: Scenarios for September Classes June 10, 2020 - The Ministry of Education has released its plan that lays out the different scenarios our schools may face come September – while putting student and staff safety first. Education Minister Adriana LaGrange issued the following statement at the Wednesday, June 10th news conference: "Our goal is to get us back to near normal learning as soon as possible. Based on the information we have at hand now, I anticipate that all students will be back at school in September, with some health measures. This is scenario 1 in the Re-entry Plan. Our government will make the final decision if schools will return to near normal operations and communicate it to you no later than August 1. However, we should all continue to prepare for the three possibilities and be ready to transition from one scenario to the other at any point in the next school year, given the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. Government will provide direction on which scenario each school authority will follow." - Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education It's important to note that the government will be choosing the scenarios that school jurisdictions will have to follow and those scenarios may vary by region. The decision on which scenario will be in effect for the start of fall classes will be made no later than August 1, 2020, and that decision will depend on advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health based on how the pandemic is trending at that time. 2020-21 School Re-Entry Plan The scenarios include: Scenario 1 - In-school classes resume, near-normal operations with health measures COVID-19 information: Guidance for schools on re-entry scenario 1 Scenario 2 - In-school classes partially resume with additional health measures COVID-19 information: Guidance for schools on re-entry scenario 2 Scenario 3 - At-home learning continues, in-school classes are cancelled School boards will be developing their own COVID-19 plans under the applicable scenario and health guidelines before reopening. Scenario 1 Measures to reduce the risk Cleaning Enhance cleaning and disinfecting practices. Clean all areas of the school daily. Clean washrooms and high-touch surfaces multiple times a day. Regularly schedule deep cleaning when students are not present. Hygiene and illness Routinely screen all staff and students Create a strict stay-at-home policy for any students or staff with symptoms of COVID-19 Set hand hygiene expectations when entering and exiting the school and classrooms, before and after eating Regularly remind students and staff of respiratory etiquette: cover coughs and sneezes avoid touching your face dispose of used tissues promptly practice hand hygiene Students who develop symptoms at school may be asked to wear a mask and isolate in a separate room until a parent arrives for pickup. If a separate room is not available, the student must be kept at least 2 metres away from other individuals. Physical distancing and grouping Practice physical distancing when possible. Emphasize other hygiene practices in classrooms, buses and during activities when physical distancing may not be possible. Reorganize rooms to allow for more physical space. Create cohorts of students by class where possible. Guide foot traffic flow through entrances and hallways by using markers on the floor or pylons/barriers. Avoid large gatherings like assemblies. Masks Staff and students will not be mandated to wear masks. Consider wearing masks when there is prolonged close contact (greater than 15 minutes) and distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained. Wearing masks is generally not recommended for younger students. Shared items Create a “no sharing policy” - all students should have their own supplies. Clean equipment between uses if students or staff share anything. If there is a case of COVID-19 in a school The zone medical officer of health will work with school authorities to quickly: identify cases through easily accessible testing identify close contacts create isolation measures when needed The zone medical officer of health will work with school authorities to provide follow-up recommendations and messaging for staff, parents and students. Alberta Health Services may request the school close in-person classes to allow a public health investigation to take place. Each school authority will support students and staff to learn or work at home if they are required to self-isolate. Scenario 2 Measures to reduce the risk Scenario 2 includes the same considerations as scenario 1, with the following differences: Stricter health measures, including physical distancing of 2 metres and a recommended maximum of 15 people in a classroom. Students will attend school less regularly as school authorities will need to adjust their class schedule and configuration to meet the physical distancing requirement. Assessment and student supports Diploma exams August diploma exams will proceed for students taking diploma courses this summer. In scenarios 1 and 2, students will write diploma exams if in-school classes are available. In scenario 3, exams may be cancelled. Provincial achievement tests (PATs) In scenarios 1 and 2, PATs for grades 6 and 9 can be held if in-school classes are available. School authorities can choose to participate. If scenario 3 is in place at the beginning of the school year, we will cancel January PATs and decide on the May/June PATs based on how long in-school classes are cancelled. Any summer programming will follow scenario 2 of the re-entry plan and the associated public health restrictions. Student supports School authorities can, as deemed appropriate at the local level, reduce time spent teaching non-core subjects to allow for additional instruction time on core subjects. School should have mental health supports in place for students and staff. Summer school COVID-19 information: Guidance for summer school on re-entry https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23467&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23467&stream=Homepage News Division Statement on Anti-Racism June 9, 2020 - There is no denying that we are all living in moments of history that generations of students will learn about and reflect on for years to come. For inexplicable and inhuman reasons, the focus from the global COVID-19 pandemic has shifted to a long overdue examination of systemic racial inequality headlined by the Black Lives Matter movement and brought to the forefront by the murder of George Floyd. As many of the prominent voices that make up the narrative of this somber chapter in our history have pointed out, now is not the time to sit on the sidelines and observe. It’s time to be a part of the change.  In Parkland School Division (PSD), we have a Code of Conduct that guides our way as we all learn to resolve issues peacefully, develop empathy, and contribute to a welcome, caring, respectful and safe learning environment that fosters diversity and nurtures a sense of belonging with a positive sense of self. We re-pledge our commitment to upholding the Alberta Human Rights Act and will challenge students and staff to self-reflect on what it really means to accept every person, no matter their ability, disability, language, cultural background, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as the colour of their skin. In PSD, we recognize that we will all have a role in developing future leaders who may someday be the policy makers who will pave the way for necessary systemic change. However, cultural change can happen now, beginning with all of us. Our students and staff will have those uncomfortable conversations on the topic of racial injustice. We can find our way forward to ensure that this chapter in history is not another that seems to be repeated just when a feeling of ‘everything is alright’ sets in. Together, we can positively impact the world.  Lorraine Stewart Board Chair, Parkland School Division Shauna Boyce Superintendent, Parkland School Division   https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23465&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23465&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - May 26, 2020 May 26, 2020 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 via video conference. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board approved the Budget for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year as presented by Associate Superintendent, Scott McFadyen. The final budget indicates a balanced budget. Total revenue is $131,690,791 with expenses of $131,690,791. It is expected that the Division's operating reserves will have a balance of $2,272,115 or 1.75% as of August 31,2021. Revenues increased $2,029,737 or 1.57% from last year’s budget while operating expenses decreased by $926,976 or 0.70% to achieve a balanced budget. Revenues for 2020-2021 include $5.5 million in bridge funding that is expected to be eliminated over the next two years as the province uses this funding to fund enrolment growth throughout the province. COVID-19 has been identified as a high risk to this budget as it may impact assumptions around the opening reserves, funding, operations, and expenditures in 2020-2021. The Board received as information, confirmation of a recent announcement by the Government of Alberta that Parkland School Division would be receiving an additional $4.1 million for Capital Maintenance & Renewal funding to be completed by October 2020. This funding is for capital maintenance projects only and will be used for projects like school security systems, LED lighting retro-fits and boiler replacements etc. The Board approved the 2020-2021 Education Plan as presented by Associate Superintendent, Scott Johnston. The Education Plan is a key component in the education planning cycle which involves: Developing and updating plans that are aligned with provincial goals, outcomes and performance measures and the Division's Vision, Mission, Values and Beliefs; Promoting meaningful community engagement; Preparing budgets in alignment with resource stewardship, and that support student learning to achieve the Ultimate Goal of Student Success and Well-being; Implementing strategies to maintain or improve students learning and achievement; Monitoring implementation and adjusting efforts as needed; Using results to identify areas for improvement and to develop strategies and targets for the next plan, e.g. evidence-based decision making; and Communicating with stakeholders (staff, students, parents, or guardians, school councils, the public and Alberta Education) about school authority plans and results. The Board received as information the 2020 Assurance Report, as presented by Director of Strategic Communications, Jordi Weidman. The Board received as information the 2020 Technology Services and Educational Technology Report as co-presented by Director of Technology Services, Mark Karaki and Director of Instructional Services, Kathy Mann. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 9:30 a.m., Virtual Meeting Organization Meeting for 2020-2021 will also be held on Tuesday June 16, 2020 at 11:30 a.m., Virtual Meeting https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23435&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23435&stream=Homepage News Early Education Program Changes for 2020-2021 May 25, 2020 - Parkland School Division’s Early Education Program has had to review and remodel programming in response to the new 2020-2021 Alberta Education Funding Framework and the Special Education Coding Criteria for the upcoming school year.  “It is Parkland School Division’s goal to provide the best learning environment to support our youngest learners,” stated Superintendent Shauna Boyce.  “We do acknowledge and empathize with the many parents who have brought up concerns after being informed of the changes. We realize this will mean larger class sizes with a greater range of students with complex needs. We have had to make some difficult decisions and changes have been made to the number of locations where Early Education programs are offered, and how the program is delivered and staffed.”  "While, overall, Parkland School Division is able to present a balanced budget based on the new funding framework, re-allocation of specialized supports funding and the reduction of Program Unit Funding (PUF) has resulted in the need to reduce the number of Early Education classes we can offer. We remain committed to meeting the needs of all learners, including our youngest ones. To clarify, PSD is working with private playschool providers to provide some services like Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapy, etc. within the private settings." Funding available to the Early Education program through Program Unit Funding (PUF) is being reduced by close to $5 million dollars in the 2020-2021 budget compared to levels of funding the program currently accesses. This will translate to a decrease from 16 teachers serving 29 classes (some morning-only and some afternoon-only classes) to 6 teachers serving 12 classes of students. Previously, the average number of students in these specialized classrooms has been approximately 12 students per class. The changes will also include the reduction in sites that the programming is offered from 10 schools to 4. Approximately 250 students were a part of Early Education classrooms in PSD during the 2019-2020 school year. Unfortunately, the program will not be able to serve as many children as it used to moving forward. The funding allocation model for PUF works in a way that money coming in must match money going out. PUF is also not available to Kindergarten students moving forward. However, there has been the addition of the Specialized Learning Support grant which includes funding for kindergarten students with severe disabilities and delays which was formerly funded by PUF. The teaching positions that were eliminated due to the reduction of PUF funding are being offset by additional teaching positions in other grades within schools to accommodate the overall enrolment growth that PSD is expecting in the fall which is approximately 300 students. Additionally, screening for eligibility for Program Unit Funding and accessibility to the program will be conducted exclusively by school authorities who must be assessed prior to September 1st. (Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, that original deadline has been extended to December 1st.) Previously, Alberta Health Services conducted the majority of this screening. Early Education classrooms provide extensive play-based programming, enriched with specialized support for children identified as having a severe delay or diagnosis between the ages of 2 years 8 months and 4 yrs 8 months as of September 1, 2020.  Programming is also available for children between the ages of 3 years 8 months and 4 years 8 months as of September 1, 2020 with mild moderate delays.   Play Partners, those children with no identified delays, will not be eligible for the Early Education Program. Universal, targeted and individual programming is delivered in high quality Early Education settings throughout the school division. These schools will include: École Broxton Park School Brookwood School High Park School Stony Plain Central School Each Early Education classroom has a team of professionals dedicated to meet the individual needs of all children. Embedded programming is provided through consultation with therapy teams. This team consists of:  Speech Language Pathologist Occupational Therapist Educational Psychologist Physical Therapist Speech Language Assistants For further information, contact: Early Childhood Services Phone: 780-963-8429 Email: earlychildhoodservices@psd70.ab.ca   https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23433&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23433&stream=Homepage News Additional Administrative Appointments for 2020-2021 May 21, 2020 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools, Shauna Boyce, is pleased to announce the following administrative appointments for the 2020-2021 school year effective August, 2020. With the retirement of four Assistant Principals over the past months at Memorial Composite High School and Brookwood School and with Linda Madge-Arkinstall moving into the Principal's role at Millgrove School, a number of Assistant Principal positions needed to be filled.  “I want to first off begin by formally congratulating Rod Strangway, Karen Wendel, Dianne Lefebvre and Diane Lander on their retirements,” stated Superintendent Boyce. “I had the honour of working alongside Karen and Rod for many years when I was Principal at MCHS and I truly wish them and their families all the best. Brookwood School students and staff, both past and present, have also benefited from the return of Glen Thiel as well as the vast experience and dedication to children provided by Dianne Lefebvre and Acting Assistant Principal Diane Lander. We offer our sincere thanks and wish them all the best in their retirement, as well. These retirements present opportunities for new voices and perspectives in our leadership team at PSD."   Lesley Cameron, Assistant Principal Copperhaven School (Gr. K-9)  Lesley Cameron has been teaching since 2003 and has held various roles in the Kindergarten to Grade 6 setting.  Her early days were spent as an Early Literacy teacher in the Golden Hills School Division before landing in Parkland School Division as a Grade 4/5 teacher at Entwistle School and then moved onto teaching at Forest Green School for 8 years. She’s been in her current role as Assistant Principal and Inclusive Education Lead at École Broxton Park School for the past four years. Lesley earned her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta in 2003 with an Elementary Generalist major and an Educational Psychology minor.  She completed her Masters of Education in Leadership at the University of Calgary in 2019 with the Parkland School Division Cohort.   "It has truly been an honour to work with and serve the students, staff, and families at École Broxton Park School over the past four years. I have had many wonderful experiences and will miss the unique setting of Broxton. I am excited to join the team at Copperhaven School and look forward to building strong relationships as we support student learning, growth, and success!"   James Coghill, Assistant Principal Memorial Composite High School (Gr. 10-12)  James Coghill started with Parkland School Division in 2003 and has been a part of a number of schools over the past 17 years supporting wellness, literacy initiatives and community partnerships. He has served students at Connections for Learning, Brightbank Academy, Entwistle School, Seba Beach School, Tomahawk School and had two stints at Woodhaven Middle School. He has spent the last 4 years as Assistant Principal at Connections for Learning supporting alternative programming. During this time, James has supported outreach, home education, blended learning and distance learning in grades 1-12. James earned a Bachelor of Education degree with a major in Social Studies and minor in Science and Physical Education from the University of Alberta. He recently finished his masters degree at the University of Alberta for Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. “It has been a privilege to work with the staff, students and community at Connections for Learning. I will miss the students, families and friendships I have made over the past four years. I look forward to developing new relationships and working together with the Memorial Composite High School community to continue to improve student learning. ”   Cheri Day, Assistant Principal École Broxton Park School (K-9) Cheri Day joined the Parkland School Division family in 2013 as a French Immersion Kindergarten teacher following a 13-year career with Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools. She's also taught grades 3,4 and 5, a divisional specialized program and ventured into school leadership as an Assistant Principal at École Parkdale Elementary from 2004 to 2006. Her roles at Parkland School Division have included Early Childhood Services Collaborative Teaching Partner, Learning Coach and most recently Early Childhood Services Facilitator. She has also served as Acting Administrator at École Broxton Park School. Cheri earned her Bachelor of Education with Distinction from the Campus St. Jean, University of Alberta in 1999 and is exploring Masters programs which she plans on starting in the fall of 2020. "I am grateful for the opportunity to continue working with the staff, students and families at École Broxton Park School and to be part of the Fusion Family as Assistant Principal. Together, we will learn and accomplish great things!"   Melissa Everitt-Dallinger, Assistant Principal Forest Green School (K-6) Melissa Everitt-Dallinger began her teaching career in 2002 at École Dickinsfield School in Fort McMurray. She delivered programming in both the French Immersion and English streams in Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Health and Career & Technologies Foundations from grades four through eight. She began her journey through Parkland School Division when she joined the staff at Stony Plain Central in 2006 and has had teaching stops at Brightbank Academy, Connections for Learning, École Meridian Heights School and most recently as the Inclusive Education Lead and School Counsellor at Prescott Learning Centre while delivering French Second Language programming in Grades 5 to 9, Physical Education for Grade 2’s, drama and musical theatre. Mrs. Everitt-Dallinger earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta, Campus Saint-Jean in 2002 and added a Master of Education in Curricular Leadership from the University of Victoria in 2018. "Parkland School Division has offered me so many opportunities to learn and grow and I am thrilled to start my new adventure joining the team at Forest Green School."   Connie Farrell, Assistant Principal Memorial Composite High School, (Gr.10-12) Connie Farrell’s teaching career has taken her to three different provinces including Ontario, Newfoundland and Alberta. She began her teaching career in 1998 at JR Nakogee in Attawapiskat, Ontario. She taught art in Newfoundland for a couple of years before moving to Fort McMurray where she became a Junior High Humanities and Science teacher. Connie’s administrative roles with Fort McMurray Catholic School District included Curriculum Consultant, Inclusion Lead and Vice Principal. She moved to the area and started with Parkland School Division when Copperhaven School opened in 2018. Connie earned a Visual Fine Arts Degree from Memorial University in Newfoundland in 1997 as well as a Secondary Education Degree from Memorial University in 1998. She completed a Masters in Education Leading for Learning from the University of Calgary in 2013. “I have been blessed with so many wonderful opportunities since starting my career in education. It was a great privilege to teach at Copperhaven and an honor to now be able to continue that learning and leading journey at Memorial Composite High School. I am very excited to work with the admin team there and look forward to building relationships with colleagues, the students and families."     Leanne Gruending,  Assistant Principal Connections for Learning (Gr. 1-12) Leanne Gruending began her teaching career in 2008 and has split most of her professional career between Lord Asquith School in Asquith, Saskatchewan and Bjorkdale School in Bjorkdale, Saskatchewan. She's been a Differentiated Instruction Facilitator, has taught English Language Arts & Creative Writing in the High School setting as well as Math and Art in the Middle Years setting. She became an administrator as Principal in Bjorkdale in 2011 and continued as Principal at Lord Asquith School just west of Saskatoon in the Prairie Spirit School Division from August of 2013 - 2019. Leanne Gruending joined Parkland School Division at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year moving from Saskatchewan to become the Principal of Seba Beach School.  Ms. Gruending earned her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008 and a Masters of Educational Administration from the U of S in 2015. "I am incredibly excited to be a part of the community of learners and leaders in Parkland School Division. I hope to bring with me to Connections for Learning my energy, experience, enthusiasm and my passion for the Heart Work we do everyday as educators."   Scott Jaspers-Fayer, Assistant Principal Duffield School (K-9) Scott Jaspers-Fayer began his teaching career in 2012 at the Simon Jacob Memorial Education Centre at Webequie First Nation in Ontario. After a one-year contract, he migrated west to the Province of Alberta where he's been ever since. After a brief stint at the Prairie View Outreach School in High Prairie, Scott's Parkland School Division career started as a substitute teacher before his first temporary contract with Spruce Grove Composite High School as a full-time math teacher to go along with some Knowledge and Employability courses. He landed at his current school at Memorial Composite High School in Stony Plain where he developed content and instructed in multiple departments including Science, Math, Physical Education and Career and Life Management (CALM). Scott is currently the  Department Head and Lead Teacher for Science at Memorial. Mr. Jaspers-Fayer earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Honours from Cape Breton University in 2011. He added his Bachelor of Education - Intermediate and Senior Divisions from University of Toronto with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics. He is currently completing a Masters of Education Leadership Studies from Memorial University of Newfoundland.  "I am extremely excited to join the Duffield team next year in this new leadership role. I look forward to building new connections with the staff, students, and parents of this great community while contributing to the great academic and extracurricular programming Duffield has to offer."   Rosanne McIntyre, Assistant Principal Brookwood School (K-4) Rosanne McIntyre’s first full-time teaching position was as a Grade 5 classroom teacher at Le Goff School, Cold Lake First Nation in January 1998. She spent three years as a Grade 3 teacher at Paul First Nation School before joining Parkland School Division for the 2001-2002 school year. She’s been at Brookwood School ever since in various teaching positions including Kindergarten, Grades 1,3,4 and 6. She also worked with Diane Lefebvre in an Inclusive Education Partner role as well as an Acting Administrative role at various times over the years. Rosanne is currently working in the role of Acting Assistant Principal, Inclusive Education Lead, and part-time Grade 4 teacher. Mrs. McIntyre attended Concordia University College and transferred to the University of Alberta graduating in 1997 with a Bachelor of Elementary Education and a minor in Sociology. In 2008, she graduated from the University of Alberta with a Masters of Elementary Education with a focus on Literacy.  "I am truly honoured to work with the amazing Brookwood students, outstanding staff, and supportive Brookwood community in the role of Assistant Principal. I look forward to working with Karen Stride-Goudie in September as we maintain and build such a wonderful, positive learning environment for our students."   Donna Miners, Assistant Principal Millgrove School (K-4) Donna Miners began her teaching career in 1991 with Wildrose School Division in Drayton Valley where she taught primarily Grades 1 and 3. Following some family time, Mrs. Miners held teaching posts with Grande Yellowhead School Division. Her first stop with Parkland School Division was Duffield School in 2006 where she spent a total of thirteen school years. She’s held roles as Collaborative Teaching Partner at Brookwood and Millgrove Schools and Assistant Principal at Duffield School. Donna earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary in 1991 and has recently completed the Masters of Educational Studies program at the University of Alberta. "I am excited to join the Millgrove School community. Learning, working, and growing with such a dedicated staff presents new opportunities to build on the positive environment Millgrove has worked diligently to foster. I will always treasure my time at Duffield School and will miss many valued connections with staff, students, and families."    Mike Partington Dual Credit/Registered Apprenticeship Lead The opening at Forest Green came as a result of Assistant Principal, Mike Partington's move into a role as Parkland School Division's Dual Credit/Registered Apprenticeship Program coordinator serving students at Connections for Learning, Memorial Composite High School and Spruce Grove Composite High School. Mike has had connections to Parkland School Division over the past 25 years dating back to his first student-teaching assignment at Woodhaven Middle School in 1993. His teaching career officially began in 1995 and his first of two stops at Spruce Grove Composite High School was in 1996 as a Special Education Educational Assistant, Teacher and school counsellor. Prior to his two-years at Forest Green School, Mike was the Off-Campus Coordinator, Work Experience and R.A.P. Facilitator at Spruce Grove Composite High School.   For more information contact: Mark Francis Deputy Superintendent  Parkland School Division No.70 Phone: 780-963-4010 https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23426&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23426&stream=Homepage News