The CBE's App​​roach to Community Engagement

Dialogue is the Calgary Board of Education’s approach to community engagement. It is a mutually respectful exchange of ideas that acknowledges and celebrates the diversity within the CBE community. It represents our ongoing commitment to involve people in decisions that affect them.

We know we make better decisions when we listen and work together to solve problems and find solutions. When we do, our students are better equipped to become successful citizens who contribute their ideas, passion and energy to society.

There can be no dialogue without you. Find out more about Dialogue as well as current and past system engagement initiatives on the CBE’s website​.​​​​​​

Community Engagement

2020-21 Dr. Martha Cohen School Budget and School Fees - Results of Survey

Thank you to everyone that took some time to complete the Fee Survey. On the right under "Resources" you will fine the PDF document with all of the comments and results.

As a school we will take some time to consider what we have learned form the survey and how we can implement some of the suggestions.

Parent Questions and Answers - April 20 - 24, 2020

Thanks to parents for submitting questions to our online question and answer survey. 

Link - What would you like to ask?

Parent Question 1

Since all school has been cancelled and the grade 6's will not be going to outdoor school this year, has there been any thought to having them go next year?

Principal Answer 1

At this point we have not had this discussion. A few potential problems arise with this scenario:

We would not be able to secure enough space to send both grade 6 and 7, so only one grade could go. 

We are not sure we would have enough teachers that could take this on at the grade 7 level. 

Once we are able to confirm our dates for next year, we will sit down and have this discussion. As soon as we know the plan we will let families know. 

Parent Question 2

Can my child have more online work to do? (math, reading, writing)

Principal Answer 2

If you would like more work for your child to do, please contact your child's teacher. In many cases teachers have created a place for "extra" work. If you are unable to find what you are looking for, please ask the teachers, they would be more than happy to help. 

Parent Question 3

What will happen to support the lost time and learning once students are back at school?

Principal Answer 3

As educators we will assess where students are at when they are back in the building and we will work with them from that point to ensure they have the skills they require. Since all students across the province are out of school and working in an online environment no one is behind, we will just be at a different starting point once we are back in school. The Alberta Government will also be providing direction to all school boards. 

Parent Question 4

Are classes cancelled until June 30th?

Principal Answer 4

The Government of Alberta will make this decision so keep following the news and return to the CBE website for updates. This is not a decision the CBE will make.  I do not believe this decision has been made yet. 

Parent Question 5

If classes are allowed to resume in September - but must do so under social distancing guidelines how will the school accomplish this with it being at or over capacity?

Principal Answer 5

Alberta Education will provide us with guidelines and directives as to when and how we can come back to the building. There is no way possible that all students could be in the school at one time if social distancing is still in place. 

Parent Comment 

No questions, just wanted to answer so you can see there are parents who are ok with everything that's happening.

Principal Thank You

Thanks for letting us know, we are happy to hear that you are doing alright in these challenging times. If you do need anything or have a question feel free to contact us.

Parent Question 6

In your April 20-24 q&a you responded to a question about lost time saying “Since all students across the province are out of school and working in an online environment no one is behind, we will just be at a different starting point once we are back in school.” I am a single parent and working full time so far through this situation and I don’t think my child is getting the same level of learning as many others who may have parents home to supervise and support online learning. I fear she will be behind and her ‘starting point’ will not be the same. We can’t be the only family having issues with online learning. How will this gap and many different ‘starting points’ be addressed?

Principal Answer 6

This is a great question. Of course we are still waiting to hear how school will look in the fall, whether or not we will be back in the building or still online. Either way we will need to assess where each child is at in their learning through pre-assessment opportunities. Once we have determined where they are at we can begin to personalize programming for them. It will be a step by step process, students will be in different places and our role is to design learning to meet them where they are at. 

Parent Question 7

Why can options not be ranked and top picks guaranteed?

Principal Answer 7

Unfortunately the system that the CBE uses to place students into options does not allow for ranking options. We are asking students to choose the options they would be most happy with, recognizing that some are coveted more than others. Often we have more students wanting certain options than we have the ability to provide. We only have certain capacities in some classes that cannot be exceeded. We are doing our best to offer a wide range of possibilities for students, each will be rewarding and worthwhile. It is just not possible for us to be able to place everyone in their top picks, nor is it possible for us to offer them the chance to rank their courses.

Parent Question 8

Is the plan to still have classes up until June 26th?

Principal Answer 8

We are planing on going until the normal school end of year with classes until we are told otherwise. 

Parent Question 9

If students don't go back to school in the fall, do you know what the on-line/virtual learning will look like? The same as it is now, or will it be different?

Principal Answer 9

At this point we have not been given any information on what next year will look like. We are waiting to hear the plans form the government. 

Parent Question 10

Are there plans to have classes up to June 26th

Principal Answer 10

  • June 19 is the last day for any new assignments
  • June 22 – 26 will be time to complete any assignments students would still like to hand in for feedback
  • June 26 digital report cards will be ready, families can access through the  MyCBE/PowerSchool account (reports can be printed)
  • If you require the school to print you a copy please contact the office
  • Teachers will be available right up to and including June 26th
  • Appeals will be booked by emailing the teacher directly or by contacting the office for June 29

Parent Question 11

If students don't go back to school in the fall, do you know what the on-line/virtual learning will look like? The same as it is now, or will it be different?

Principal Answer 11

We take our lead form Alberta Education and Alberta Health. Once a decision has been made regarding whether we will be back in the building or not the CBE will advise us as to what learning will look like. At the school level we are planning for 3 possible scenarios:

  1. Everyone returns to regular classes.
  2. We are all still online.
  3. Partial Return and partial online.

In each we are discussing what learning could look like, what the cleaning and protection protocols could be and how we as a staff will implement and work through the scenario we are presented. It is difficult to know exactly how each will play out until a decision by the government is made, but we are planning for each of these possibilities. 

Parent Question 12

What will be the future of schools and students amidst this pandemic until the time the world can find a vaccine?

Principal Answer 12

This is a question educators and governments are grappling with. We take our lead from the Canadian and Alberta governments. As educators we are committed to working will all students wherever they are at and in what ever format it will take place in. Like many of you, we are in a wait and see pattern, planning for multiple scenarios. 

Parent Question 13

Is there a system or survey that could be used for students to rate options for next year, and at least try to honor their preferences? I

Principal Answer 13

Unfortunately the system that the CBE uses to place students into options does not allow for ranking options. We are asking students to choose the options they would be most happy with, recognizing that some are coveted more than others. Often we have more students wanting certain options than we have the ability to provide. We only have certain capacities in some classes that cannot be exceeded. We are doing our best to offer a wide range of possibilities for students, each will be rewarding and worthwhile. It is just not possible for us to be able to place everyone in their top picks, nor is it possible for us to offer them the chance to rank their courses.

Parent Question 14

Would like to know why the two video calls a day are full hour instruction sessions to allow the children to not fall behind? Less than 20 minutes four days a week in one seems rather low. Would seem a minimum for this home schooling piece and keep the kids and teachers in some normality.

Principal Answer 14

Alberta Education gave us clear directions around the expectations of the amount of learning for students. We have tried to follow their expectations to meet the needs of our diverse population. Our families are in many different places while being at home, some families struggle to cope with even a minimum amount of work being provided, while other are looking for more. Each teacher is able to offer more or less work for your child, it is up to each family to decide what is best for them and then to contact teachers. We still do not know what next year will bring, our hope is that students are back in schools.

Parent Question 15

Will there be a school tour for the kids with extra needs just before school starts again? Something where the parents and kids can see their homeroom and possibly meet some teachers?

Principal Question 15

Yes, we are planing to have tours for some students prior to the year starting. This is contingent on how the school year starts in September. 

Parent Question 16

When do teachers submit marks for report cards in June

Principal Question 16

Teachers are currently putting marks into report cards, but marks can still be changed up until June 26th if necessary. 

Parent Question 17

You mention lunch time bell time changes BUT there is no time associated with the changes. What are the times?

Principal Answer 17

In our correspondence we provided links to the bell schedule. You can also find our bell schedule on our web page in the About Us section under calendar.

Parent Question 18

The risk of getting COVID19 increases with students touching shared surfaces and objects. Will DMCS be able to mitigate some of that risk by leaving classroom, office and entry doors open?

Principal Answer 18

We are certainly able to leave some doors open. During regular entry and exiting times we will likely be able to prop open our outdoor entrances. However once the day is in session the outside doors will be locked for the safety of everyone in the building. We are waiting to receive our protocols from the CBE task force looking at the scenarios for a better understanding of expectations. 

Parent Questions 19

Canadian schools that have reopened give each student their own physically distanced classroom space to learn in that contain all the items they need for learning such as their books for the day. Will this be possible at school?

Principal Answer 19

We are certainly working on a plan to be able to make something like this work. More details will be coming out as we move forward. 

Parent Question 20

When is the last day of school at Dr.Martha Cohen?

Principal Answer 20

The last day of school for students is June 26th. Appeals day is June 29th form 8:30 to 12:00. The last day teachers are officially working before summer break is June 30. 

Parent Survey 2 - Giving you Voice

As you can see from our results below "Online Survey" is the most popular way parents would like to be engaged in some of the decisions at DMC. Although we cannot always commit to making the changes requested, we will endeavor to try and implement some of the requests where possible. 

We have taken a look at the first parent survey and have developed a second survey asking for your thoughts on more specific items. Please take a moment to give us your feedback, it is a short 2 question survey. 

Survey #2

The link is also to the right for our second survey of 2019-20.

As the year progresses we will have more surveys to gather your thoughts around other topics you have suggested. 

We will be bringing in the presenter from question #4 later this year. Stay tuned for more details. 

Survey 1 Results

1.

How would you like to be engaged about important issues at DMC? (How would you like your voice heard)


2.
What types of topics would you like to have your opinion heard about?

3.
How do you like the new "traffic calming" blocks the City has deployed on New Brighton Drive around DMC?

4.
We have the opportunity to bring in a parent presentation on mental health as it relates to children/adolescents. Would you come if we offered this in the evening for parents?




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