Hello Chaparral Families,
I hope this
message finds you well. It is hard to believe that eleven weeks have
passed since the cancellation of in-person classes.
We have learned a great deal through the pandemic situation, and
will continue to do so. From the perspective of schooling, one of the
things we have learned most keenly is to appreciate the importance of being
together. The contributors to an OECD article that I recently read expand on
this idea, imploring us to remember the power of the physical world.
They explain that, “Children need to move, play, and actively learn. Humans
are social, and thrive with face to face connection. A hug emoji is not
the same as a hug.” We look forward to a time when our school will once
again be filled with students. Yet, as always, I am grateful to our parents,
students, teachers, and Educational Assistants for their very strong and
committed efforts in making the best of the ongoing learning situation.
Please read the
important information below that explains procedures and dates for closing
the school year, and outlines considerations for re-opening in
September. This information is expressed in a question and answer
format. I hope that you will connect with me, or your child’s teacher to
address any further questions or need for clarification you might have.
When does the 2019-2020 school year end?
continue to offer ongoing learning activities, connecting with students
and/or families up until the last day of “classes” for ongoing learning, June 26. Learning opportunities will continue to focus on formative
assessment strategies that address the big ideas/key learnings students will
need when they move to the next level of a course and end-of-year routines.
How will Grade 6 students celebrate their
Grade 6 teachers are working with students and staff to create a virtual
celebration assembly. Families will tune-in on Wednesday, June 24 at 3:30 pm.
The program will be delivered through Google Meet. While different from
what we might have expected, this program promises to be very student focused
and meaningful. This past week, Grade 6 students have been joining
virtual meetings with a caricature artist who we have contracted to create
keepsake portraits for each individual. We recognize that moving on from
Grade 6 indicates an important milestone for students. Our hope is that each
family will take part in the assembly and then do something very special with
their wonderful Grade 6 student.
How will I access assessment and reporting information for my
ongoing communication about what is being learned and how students are doing
in their learning is expected.
Report Cards will be
available June 26
for online viewing only. Report cards will contain summative indicators
for all courses. Marks in some courses will be based on a body of
evidence spanning from the end of January until March 15. For courses
that continued in the ongoing learning period, marks will be based on a body
of evidence spanning from the end of January until March 15, and then from
March 15 until the end of June.
Appeals Day – Teachers are
available from 8:30 am until noon to meet virtually or on the phone, with
parents and students wishing to discuss final marks.
Individual Program Plans (IPPS)
will be shared with families prior
to June 26.
note: Requirements for Sharing IPPs with Students/Parents/Legal
Guardians Section 83(1) of the FOIP Act says that where any document needs to
be given to a person, it is to be given “in electronic form, other than
facsimile telecommunication, only if the person to whom the document is to be
given has consented to accept the document in that form”. This means the
school is required to have explicit consent from each parent or legal
guardian to send an IPP to that person via email.
interactions and reduce the instances of passing paper back and forth during
the current public health crisis, CBE will not require a parent or legal
guardian signature for IPP Reviews or the End-of-Year Review as found on the
Signatures page in the IPP. Working with students and families as much as
they are available for collaboration, teachers will update the IPP and review
the content with students and families virtually or over the phone.
In consideration of existing school practices, student/family
context and related risk factors for sharing student information, teachers
will choose one of the following four possible processes for sharing a copy
of the final IPP with the parent or legal guardian at the end of the year.
A hard copy of the IPP may be picked up by the parent or legal
guardian at the end of the year. We will follow best practices for social
distancing and limiting person-to-person contact.
A hard copy of the IPP may be mailed through Canada Post to the
parent or legal guardian at the end of the year.
If in conversation, the parent or legal guardian of the student
makes an unsolicited request to have the IPP emailed to them, the teacher may
ask for that request to be put in writing in the form of an email, and the
IPP may be shared back with them via email as an encrypted attachment. In
this case, password for the encrypted attachment will be provided verbally.
Parents or legal guardians may provide consent for the IPP to be
shared digitally. In order to access this option, the school requires the
completion of a consent to email information form.
include transition information that outlines future goals and/or
accommodations that should be continued into the following school year.
How can I collect the remainder of my
child(ren)’s personal and learning items?
Based on a
forthcoming schedule, parents will come to collect the remainder of student’s
belongings on June 24,
25, and 26. In addition to personal items, this will
also include notebooks, projects, etc. Please note that we will be
following AHS/CBE guidelines for social distancing and safe exchanges.
What is happening for Kindergarten 2020-2021?
At this time of
the year, we would be preparing to welcome you to the school and for our
Welcome to Kindergarten Night, which was originally scheduled for June
4. Sadly, this gathering is canceled. We are, however, putting some
information together to share with kindergarten families through digital
format. We will send this information on June 4.
have heard that some schools are considering a full-day kindergarten program,
where students attend every other day, as a way to manage changes to
noon-hour transportation. In the past three years, very few of our Chaparral
kindergarten families have used mid-day transportation services. To date, we
are not aware of any Chaparral parents who might consider the cancellation of
mid-day transportation an insurmountable obstacle to participating in our
half-day programs. Our intention is to continue offering half day,
daily kindergarten classes.
How can I take part in the Return to School dialogue?
With less than a month left in
the current school year, planning is well underway for what the 2020-21
school will look like for our students, staff and families.
month, Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced that the provincial
government is considering three different scenarios when classes start again
in the fall:
A return to normal operations and routines in schools.
Schools are partially re-opened, with some level of restrictions.
Schools remain closed and students continue learning from home.
To help the CBE
consider how we would respond to these three possible scenarios, we have
launched surveys for families, students and staff. We encourage you to go online and
provide your feedback by June 11, 2020. There is a survey for
parents/guardians, as well as one for students. A summary of results will be
shared by June 30, 2020.
Parent Re-Entry Survey
Student Re-Entry Survey
Staff Re-Entry Survey
The CBE has
created an internal task force with representatives from every service unit
to lead the planning. All of our decisions will be guided by the advice of
the province’s chief medical officer of health and Alberta Education
guidelines. The safety and well-being of our students and staff will come
first in any decisions we make.
We will provide
more information in the coming weeks and over the summer to ensure all of our
students are ready to return to learning as we begin the new school year on
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.
With my best
Principal Chaparral School
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