K-Gr. 12 Temporary Online Learning May 7th until May 25th

May 5, 2021

Dear Families,
 
Further to the Alberta Government’s announcement on Tuesday of additional measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we want to update you on how Red Deer Public Schools will respond to the changes.

The measures will see all students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, province-wide, move to Temporary Online Learning, effective Friday, May 7. Regular in-school classes are expected to resume on Tuesday, May 25.

With these changes, it is important to remember that Red Deer Public Schools is following directives and decisions that were made by the Government of Alberta, and the province-wide priority will be to have teaching and learning continue as normally as possible.

By moving to temporary online learning, all students and staff will have equal access to learning, thus avoiding gaps with students coming and going. Teachers will be providing information on their Google Classrooms to ensure continuity in their teaching.

Specific details about the process for teaching and learning over the next two weeks will be sent from each school by the end of the day on Thursday, May 6. In general:

Students in Kindergarten to Grade 5:

  • Focus on literacy and numeracy
  • Attendance, delivery of lessons, evaluation, etc. will continue 

Students in Grades 6 to 12:

  • Regular timetable to be followed
  • Attendance, delivery of lessons, evaluation, etc. will continue

School is still on...This is a critical time for teaching and learning as we have eight weeks left before the end of the school year. There is still much work to be done and the move to temporary online learning is yet another disruption, which can create gaps in the learning of students. Teaching and Learning will continue as best we can...we want to finish the school year strongly!

Even with the restrictions, our schools will remain open with base level staffing. Appointments will be required in advance of entering the school. Also following the new health restrictions, staff may be working and teaching from home if they are able to do so.

We know the current pandemic has created an unprecedented change in all our lives and these new measures are yet another disruption. Again, we want to try and provide teaching and learning as normally as possible to maintain continuity and minimize disruption.

Looking to the Future… Given the significant challenges over the last year, we hope we will be returning to school under ‘near normal conditions’ in September. Red Deer Public’s focus for the 2021/22 school year will be on recovery. We know there will be learning gaps for many students and our priority needs to be addressing those and getting students back on track. We are also mindful of the social and emotional challenges many students and families have faced during the pandemic, so we need to prioritize mental wellness as well. We are already working diligently to plan ahead for September to ensure every student has a great start to the new school year.

Keep your families healthy and stay well…These new measures highlight the seriousness of the pandemic in our community and across the province. These measures have been implemented to reduce the increase in cases of COVID-19 across Alberta. For this to happen, and in order to limit extending or seeing increased restrictions, we urge our students and families to follow all health guidelines. We recognize the importance of connections, but sincerely urge everyone to limit their contact with one another so we can have a real impact on reducing the pandemic. Please do your part in following all health guidelines.

Sincerely,

Chad Erickson
Superintendent of Schools