Continuing Student Learning
UPDATE: April 8, 2020
Together, the Board of Trustees and Foothills School Division staff thank you for supporting at home learning as we continue to educate our students during this health emergency. You are inspiring in your efforts as partners in education while we navigate difficult times. You are receiving an update today on our learning continuity plan. Please know:
Learning Plans that Engage: We are committed to collaborating meaningfully with our learners and communities through our Learning Plans. If you have any questions about your child’s progress, or are having difficulty accessing your child’s learning plan, please contact your teacher or school. Learning remains accessible and flexible through online platforms, course packages, and telephone check-ins based on school, grade, subject, and student needs.
Learning Supports: We truly value parent partnerships in ensuring success and providing support for all of our children and youth. Please visit our:
- How to Talk to Your Child
- Structuring Your Child’s Day
- Options for Your Child’s Daily Schedule
- Supports for Students with Disabilities
- Mental Health and Wellness
- Minds Matter Daily Tips for Wellness
- Help and Supports
- Fun Ideas to Try
- Academic Resources
- Accessing My Learning
Learning Success: We will continue to provide quality learning and assessments that ensure students develop skills in literacy and numeracy in meeting provincial expectations for continuity of learning. Teachers develop annual transition plans with student background, prior knowledge, and experiences in mind to meet subject area learning outcomes. The current situation will be taken into consideration when determining transition plans to meet learning needs for the 2020/21 school year.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are school fees being refunded? Yes. We recognize challenging financial constraints on families during this world health emergency. We made a decision on March 20, 2020 to refund a portion of school fees in accordance with our Administrative Procedure 506.
Are events being cancelled? During Premier Jason Kenney’s April 7, 2020 address to Albertans on the COVID-19 pandemic he indicated that public health restrictions will not be lifted this spring. We anticipate that many FSD events will be rescheduled for the fall.
Do you have Help Line information? If you feel that you or your child are having a difficult time coping during this stressful period please contact available provincial and federal supports.
Will Easter Break occur? Easter break will continue as scheduled (April 10 - April 19). Your next learning plan will be shared on April 20, 2020.
When will regular school resume? We do not foresee a return to in-school classes this spring. Although public health recommendations continue to change, at this moment we are planning for August 2020.
Will Summer School occur? Summer school has been cancelled due to current public health restrictions.
What is happening with Budget 2020/21? Alberta Education is directing us to proceed with budget planning and have an approved budget prior to June 1, 2020. We appreciate all the information families and staff have provided from December - March. The Board of Trustees is committed to utilizing this feedback to guide their decision making throughout the budget development process. Please know that if you would like to provide additional feedback you can do so by sending your thoughts by email to email@example.com.
I have a question that wasn’t answered, who do I contact? Please contact your school. If you need further assistance you can also reach Foothills School Division at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 20, 2020
As part of our commitment to engage with our parents, I am providing an update on your child’s education and the next steps for student learning.
I am proud of the efforts that Foothills School Division staff has put in place over the last week to support learning for every student across the Division during these class cancellations. Starting this Monday, and each Monday thereafter, families will receive an email from their teacher on what learning will look like for the week.
Moving forward, Alberta Education has shared their expectations for student learning to continue. Student progress and curriculum will be assessed. Teachers will evaluate student outcomes and achievement will be communicated to parents through ongoing feedback and learner profiles.
With the support of the Board of Trustees, the entire team at FSD is dedicated to ensuring that each learner is successful and supported in their education. We cannot do this without you and value your continued support and our team is also here to support you. Our staff are ready and willing to help students and families through this modified learning environment.
I also understand that some within our division may be facing unique obstacles or challenges. If you or your child is in need of learning support please visit the Parent Learning Link on our website, or contact your child’s teacher or school. A staff member will be able to direct you or provide you with the available supports.
As Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health said, “There are no easy solutions to the situation we are in. We need to face this together, and respond to this extraordinary crisis with extraordinary kindness.”
I couldn’t agree more. Which is why, in the coming days we will be refunding activity fees that have been cancelled where possible. We recognize the urgency for families so we will also be finalizing reimbursement plans for other fees in the near future
Please know that the Board of Trustees also had a lengthy discussion on outstanding fee balances to help lessen the financial burden on Foothills families. The Board requested district office staff to prepare a detailed report for their consideration at the first Board meeting in May. At present we have suspended fee collection.
Our Board Chair Larry Albrecht has asked me to reassure you that we are making decisions on the best way to move forward regarding this and we are committed to having more details to share in the time ahead. As members of this community we are committed to responding with extraordinary kindness during these challenging times.
I am speaking to you today, not only as Superintendent of Schools for Foothills School Division, but as a father of two children who attend FSD schools.
As a father I know that my children are anxious about their new reality. Before learning continues next week I hope you join me in reassuring our children that one thing hasn’t changed. We will always be there for them. Now more than ever, they need this encouragement.
Superintendent of Schools