​Important Dates

We follow the CBE Traditional Calendar. The calendar sets common start and end days, non-instructional days and holidays. For our school’s additional non-instructional days, late entries, early dismissal days and events, see our school calendar page.


The Alberta Government announced on July 21 that schools will be in Scenario 1 as of Sept. 1, 2020.  

The CBE's 2020-21 re-entry plan is subject to change as more information becomes available from the province. We will continue to update schools with more details during the next school year.​​

You can find the COVID Self-Assessment Tool​ (daily checklist) in the Government Resources section on the CBE website. 

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First Day of Classes

As per our staggered entry plan, the days of classes at Chaparral School are Tuesday, Sept. 1, and Wednesday, Sept. 2.  School staff will be on the playground in designated areas  to meet students, parents/guardians, and other caregivers. 

Kindergarten

Kindergarten classes begin on Tuesday, Sept. 1 and Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020.  On Friday September 4th, the AM/PM kindergarten rotation will be in effect, with AM classes only attending. 

Please watch for an email from your Kindergarten teacher explaining which day your child will attend.  Kindergarten children will use the garden doors.  

School Start & End Times

Starting on September 3rd, a soft entry and slightly staggered PM dismissal will be implemented.  Soft entry sees students coming straight into school upon arrival, rather than waiting outside in line ups.  Students will use their assigned doors for this purpose. 

Our bell times are as follows:

Grades 1-6

Monday - Thursday

  • Morning 8:40 AM – 12:05 AM
  • Recess flexible by cohort. 
  • Lunch 12:05 PM – 12:55 PM
  • Afternoon 12:55 PM – 3:20 PM

Friday

  • Early Dismissal – 8:40 AM - 12:50 AM
  • Recess flexible by cohort

Kindergarten

Monday - Thursday

  • AM Class 8:40 AM  – 11:30 AM 
  • PM Class 12:30 PM – 3:20 PM 

Alternate Friday

  • Early Dismissal – 8:40 AM - 12:50 PM
  • Includes Snack Time
  • No Lunch Break

K-6 Staggered Entry Plan

To support a re-entry, where new routines and ways of being need to be introduced and practiced in a calm and sensitive manner, we are implementing a Kindergarten through Grade 6 Staggered Entry Plan.  This plan sees approximately half our students attending school on Tuesday, and the second half attending on Wednesday.  By Thursday, all students K-6 will attend together.  On Friday all students Grades 1-6 will attend together along with all our A.M. kindergarten children.  These days will follow regular school hours including noon supervision will for those who stay at school for lunch. 

While we understand that this plan might require extra childcare arrangements, we are confident that it will allow for a safer, calmer, more welcoming return for our students and teachers.

Please remember that there is no school for PM Kindergarten students on Friday September 4th.  AM and PM Kindergarten children attend on alternate Fridays over the course of the year.  Friday Kindergarten attendance dates will be added to the school calendar and communicated by Kindergarten teachers.

On the first two days of school, our intention is for teachers to meet their smaller groups of students outside and then usher them into the school building.

Starting on September 3rd, a soft entry and slightly staggered PM dismissal will be implemented.  Soft entry sees students coming straight into school upon arrival, rather than waiting outside in line ups.  Students will use their assigned doors for this purpose.  More information on this practice will be shared in Friday’s email.

Tues. Sept. 1

  • Students Grade 1-6 with last name A-L ONLY will attend 8:40 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.
  • Kindergarten children AM with last names A-L will attend 8:40 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Kindergarten children PM with last names A-L will attend 12:30 – 3:20 p.m.

Wed. Sept. 2

  • Students with last name M-Z ONLY will attend 8:40 a.m. – 3:20 p.m
  • Kindergarten children AM with last names M-Z will attend 8:40 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Kindergarten children PM with last names M-Z will attend 12:30 – 3:20 p.m.

Thurs. Sept. 3

  • ALL students attend 8:40 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.  AM soft entry and PM staggered dismissal will be in place.
  • Kindergarten children AM attend 8:40 – 11:30 a.m. AM soft entry and PM staggered dismissal will be in place.
  • Kindergarten children PM will attend 12:30 – 3:20 p.m.

Fri. Sept, 4

  • ALL Grades 1-6 students attend 8:40 a.m. until 12:50 p.m. 
  • All students AM Kindergarten students attend 8:40 a.m. until 12:50 p.m.
  • AM soft entry and PM staggered dismissal will be in place.

 

Entry and Exit Doors To support contact tracing, and reduce possible exposure, ALL students are required to enter and exit through their designated doors. 

PLEASE see attached map for designated door information

Drop off:  Walking, riding, driving/parking

There is very limited parking around the school.  If you plan to drive your child(ren) to school, please consider parking 1-3 blocks away from the school.  The curbside in front of the school on Chaparral Drive is a dedicated bus zone and kiss and drive zone.  The residences across the street from the school feature large driveways that make parking very difficult.  It is extremely important that we respect the homeowners by NOT blocking their driveways.  Chapalina Close also becomes a busy spot for drop off.  Again, this is a kiss and drive zone, meaning curbside parking should not exceed 2 minutes.

Students using bikes and scooters will notice markers reminding them to physically distance as they park and lock.  We have added an additional bike rack on the west side of the school  to help accommodate the need for distancing while parking and locking.

Parents/guardians must remain outside of the school to drop of their children.  They must not enter the school during high traffic times unless approved by the principal.

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide Safety Patrol services at this point.  Adult supervisors will however monitor for safe crossing. 

School Supply Lists

Most of the supplies required by students in K-6 are provided by the school. Students will need the following personal items:

  • Snack (please try to send low to no garbage snacks)
  • Lunch (please remember to include utensils such as spoons and forks)
  • Water bottle
  • Back pack
  • Indoor shoes appropriate for Physical Education (i.e., running shoes that fit well and stay on the child’s feet).

***Please label all belongings with first name and last initial.

School Calendar

We are a school that follows the traditional calendar. View our calendar page for events and dates. 

For system calendars, please visit: http://www.cbe.ab.ca/registration/calendars

Noon Supervision 

Noon supervision will be available on the first day of school. The noon break runs from 12:05 – 12:55 PM. Students will eat lunch in their classrooms. Please avoid sending any food items that contain nuts or nut products. Please also avoid sending food that requires heating, and remember to pack appropriate utensils. 


In alignment with CBE Administrative Regulation AR – 6005 Student Code of Conduct, students are expected to  demonstrate the same commitment to good citizenship as they do throughout their school day. 

Assigned Teachers 

Please check your email inbox on August 31, for a message from your child’s new teacher.  In addition to introducing themselves to you, the teacher’s message will communicate important information about where you and your child can meet them on the first day of school. 

Registration Information

Please visit our How to Register page for all registration details and registration forms.

Our school office opens on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 for registration.

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Do You Have a MyCBE / PowerSchool Parent Account?

Parents who have not already done so, must create an account in MyCBE / PowerSchool to:

  • Pay fees or apply for a waiver

  • Register for transportation and noon supervision

  • View student progress

To create a new account, go to www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe and click on Create Parent Account. You will need to have your child(ren)’s CBE Student ID Number and use your email on file at the school.​

​Fees and Waivers

School fees will be charged to families starting in October. Online fee payment is the simplest and most convenient way to pay school fees. Parents can use their online account to pay fees or apply for a waiver at: www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe.

You can find more information on the CBE school fees and waivers​ page.​​​​​​​

​Yellow School Bus Tra​nsportation

Yellow school bus routes for the 2020-21 school year are created over the summer and based on the addresses submitted before the pre-registration deadline in May. While CBE Transportation continues to accept pre-registrations, these will not be considered until route changes are done after Thanksgiving.

COVID-19 Chan​ges

  • Riding the Bus Flowchart and Checklist
  • Only registered students have bus route and stop information provided through MyCBE / PowerSchool; this is to control the number of students accessing a bus in order to support maintaining healthy distances
  • Only registered students should use transportation services
  • Students are assigned to one stop based on their primary home address for general transportation; alternate stops will not be available
  • Students will be assigned a seat by the driver; students must adhere to the seating plan
  • Students must complete the AHS health assessment every morning before leaving for the bus stop. Students or family members with COVID-19 symptoms must stay home.
  • Masks are mandatory for students K-12, including on school buses
  • All service providers will follow Alberta Education and Alberta Health COVID-19 guidelines
Please visit our Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions page, Transportation Section for more information.​

More information about 2020-21 transportation service levels and proposed fees are posted on the CBE website.

Conditional riders can also register using MyCBE / PowerSchool. Applications will be considered after eligible riders registrations have been processed.​​​​

Further Inform​ation

We look forward to a great year ahead. If you have any questions that we haven’t addressed here, please contact the school. 

For further information visit our CBE back-to-school information​ page.​​​​​

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