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Connecting | Week of March 30, 2020

​Dear Parents & Guardians,

I hope this email finds you and your family healthy and in good spirits. We greatly appreciate your patience, support and understanding as we work out the details and determine what a continuation of learning will look like for our students.
It is important for learning to continue during this time away from school and Alberta Education has been clear with its expectations about where we must focus our efforts. They have shared guidelines to direct student learning while in-school classes are cancelled. Consequently, our teachers have been busy determining what content will need to be covered based on remaining curricular outcomes and have started planning tasks that are reasonable to do from home.
Beginning today, your child's teacher will connect with you to discuss technology access in your home, including access to a computer and the internet. We are also making a plan to address the needs of students without these resources. In addition to collecting this information, teachers will also start the process of sharing plans for your child's ongoing learning at home. This will include establishing an ongoing communication schedule and a feasible content delivery strategy. For the most part, we expect that students will be engaging with their teacher regarding next steps in their learning by the middle of this week. By next week we will work towards establishing more predictable routines in terms of communication and content delivery (use of email, blogs, Google tools, etc.).
We recognize that learning at home presents many challenges for our families. We do not expect parents to deliver the same learning that students receive at school, but to do whatever they can to encourage and support learning for their children while classes are cancelled. We do not intend for this to be a stressful undertaking for students or parents but we want to stay connected to our students and create some daily routines that will provide some continuity and stability. First and foremost, take care of your family to ensure they stay healthy and safe. If necessary, we encourage you to connect with wellness supports and resources available within our city.
We understand there has been plenty of uncertainty about what learning is going to look like moving forward. I can assure you that we are going to continue to work on key learning outcomes at-home within the parameters established by the province and CBE. As always, we will strive to work together to support your child's learning.
Stephen Hart


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