Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are experiencing a fall at Peter Lougheed School like no other. This school year, we have had to adapt and adjust our school organization in ways, that while unforeseen one year ago, have allowed us to provide learning (online and in-person) to just over 1000 students. Currently, we have approximately 330 students enrolled in HUB online (Grades 5-9). We have approximately 680 students attending face-to-face, or in-person learning (Grades 5-9). We began this school year in September with careful and stringent COVID-19 safety measures in place at the school. Throughout the disruptions, school has continued, online and in-school. Students continue to learn with the support and guidance of their dedicated teachers and support staff.
Peter Lougheed School has not been immune to the impact of Covid-19. All of you have received the emails keeping you up-to-date on cases. Be assured, the school is doing its utmost to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment that follows all the guidelines of Alberta Health Services.
On Monday, 30 November 2020, all students in grades 7-12 in Alberta moved to online learning. On December 13, all students in Grade 5 & 6 were moved online for the last week of school (December 14 – 18th) before the winter break. All our students 5-9, will be online for the week of January 4-8th, 2021. All in-person students are presently scheduled to return to in-school learning on Monday, January 11 2021.
Our teachers are busy preparing their students for the upcoming weeks of online learning. Please follow teacher bi-weekly updates for up to the minute information related to online learning. All students will use their teachers online course material, located in their Homeroom D2L area to guide and provide information on their studies. Students are strongly encouraged to attend their online classes regularly as per their timetable. Teachers are available via email or virtually through synchronous online meeting tools (D2L, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams)
Currently, our HUB parents have an important decision regarding their child's learning for Term 2 at Peter Lougheed (February – June 2021). This year, CBE provided parents an opportunity to register their child in HUB online learning in August. This was option put forth as a measure to support families who would prefer their children learn from home during the COVID pandemic. Parents of children attending HUB online have until January 8th, by 12 noon, to inform the CBE that they would like to have their children moved from HUB to In-Person learning for Term 2 of the school year. Parents need to make this decision based on what is best for their family. Parents can communicate this decision through their MyCBE Powerschool account. There will NOT be an option for In-Person students to move into HUB for Term 2.
In November, families received information of important changes to Peter Lougheed School beginning in the 2021-22 school year. To recap, Peter Lougheed School is over capacity and is projected to be over capacity for the 2021-22 school year and beyond. This school will not be able to accommodate all students who live in Saddle Ridge beginning in 2021-22. Consequently, the Calgary Board of Education is planning to cap enrolment at Peter Lougheed School and designate overflow schools. There will be a Virtual Meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 16th 2020 beginning at 6:30pm. Parents who are interested in attending will need to RSVP by email to Area4@cbe.ab.ca with your name and email address if you wish to attend this virtual meeting. A link with the meeting information will be shared with you after you RSVP.
Sadly, this year, safety requires us to treat the holiday season differently than in years past. It is not the year for large gatherings with family and friends. It is the year to recognize that sacrificing those gatherings means helping curb the spread of Covid-19. Be healthy, be safe, be part of the solution and take care of each other.
All the very best for the holiday season. See you in the New Year – in-class or online!