Jun 01
June 1, 2020

It is hard to believe that we are now entering our last month of school for this year. I would like to commend the flexibility and adaptability of QEHS‘ teachers and staff for their ability to radically change teaching methods to emergency teaching in remote locations. While we cannot say the transition was perfect and seamless, I am proud of where we got to. Thank you to parents and caregivers for working through challenging times and supporting their children learning at home. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the students of QEHS who continued to engage, strive, and learn where possible.


Congratulations to the QEHS graduating class of 2020! This is an amazing cohort of students that I wish I had more time to get to know before they moved onto the next phase of their lives. They are a group that showed me why QEHS is such an amazing school where students can truly be who they want to be, where students have a primary focus on learning and everyone is treated with kindness and respect. I know these students will be successful in what every endeavour they choose to pursue it the future. A video compilation will be provided to grads later in June as well as a future social gathering is being planned for once schools can accommodate students within the school.


While our education delivery method has drastically changed, many of other operations of schools have continued. The budget for QEHS will be finalized later this week. Two significant changes have resulted in staffing reductions for the 2020-21 school year. First, the government has decreased the amount of money school boards receive. While the per pupil amount has not changed the board has reduced or cancelled numerous grants that school boards have received resulting in less funds coming to schools. Second, the CBE has implemented a new equity funding model which distributes money in a more equitable way across all CBE schools. As a result, we have had a reduction of six teaching positions and three support staff positions. Some of these reductions are due to one of our mental health classes being closed. For the upcoming school year we will continue to have our grade 7 -12 community program, grade 7 -12 GATE, grade 7 -12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH), grade 10 -12 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and an expected student population of approximately 990 students.


While we do not know what school will look like yet in September we are planning and building a timetable based on regular face-to-face education which we can then adapt once we know more. Six fewer teachers will result in larger classes regardless of the delivery method. Three fewer support staff will decrease additional help available for students. If we do return to face-to-face classes these changes will also have an impact on extra-curricular opportunities available as teacher will be teaching more classes as well as increased students in each class.


Unrelated to funding, we have made a minor change to our timetable. Our start and end times will remain the same with exception of Friday where we will now dismiss at 1pm. Based on feedback from students we have shifted our homeroom class to Fridays and will now have Knight's Block Monday to Thursday.  We will be using Knight's Block as one of our strategies to support learning gaps created by the pandemic.


 June 12th will be the last day for new content in courses as teachers will be finalizing assessment of student learning and preparing report cards. From June 15th to 26 teachers will be working on credit recovering, transition plans, mental health support and helping students with educational plans over the summer.


A schedule will also be sent out soon regarding pick up of materials such as yearbooks, refunds, items left in lockers as well as dropping off school owned materials students still may have.


I will be providing more details and answering questions during June's virtual School Council meeting on Monday, June 8th at 7pm via google meets.


To attend this meeting you will need complete the following RSVP form:



If you have any issues with this form please contact Ms. Elliott one of our Assistant Principals at (403) 777-6380 ext. 2402 or through email at rmelliott@cbe.ab.ca



As always if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher or myself at jsarrell@cbe.ab.ca


Jason Arrell

Principal, Queen Elizabeth High School

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