2020-21 School Relaunch Updates
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The Minister of Education and Chief Medical Officer of Health released information today regarding the 2020-21 School Re-Entry Plan. Foothills School Division staff and the FSD School Relaunch Committee will be reviewing these requirements and recommendations relating to the three possible provincial scenarios.
After a preliminary review of these measures, we are happy to see that a great majority align with our existing planning. Following minor modifications, we will be sharing a FSD 2020-21 School Relaunch Handbook the week of June 15, 2020. This handbook will help facilitate staff and family planning for the 2020-21 school year.
We appreciate the feedback we have received to ensure that our decisions reflect and address community voice. We are reassured that the province is confident in targeting scenario 1 (near normal operations with some health measures in place) which has been shared as a priority by many within our current engagement.
We are thankful to have received this information in advance, allowing time to ensure that our schools reopen as safe, caring, and welcoming learning environments.
Please note that as shared during the provincial announcement, a mandated re-entry scenario will be determined by August 1, 2020. We will provide this information to staff and families as soon as possible. We thank you for your continued flexibility and adaptability.
Visit our 2020-21 School Relaunch page for more information.
May 1, 2020 - Foothills School Division has established a 2020-21 School Relaunch Committee.
A Division School Relaunch Committee consisting of senior leadership, school leadership, and school council representation will begin work on a 2020-21 school relaunch plan which will design and support a safe, efficient, and equitable return to school.
The 2020-21 school relaunch plan is to discuss essential questions, considerations, and actions to help division and school leaders plan for a transition back to classroom instruction. Recommendations will be provided by a Wellness & Wellbeing Team, an Instruction & Learning Team, a Corporate (Facilities, Technology, Transportation) Team, and school-based relaunch teams. The School Division’s Executive Team will consult with the Board of Trustees, The Foothills Administrator’s Association, and the Division’s unions and associations on the recommendations received from the 3 teams above. This will further inform School Relaunch Committee discussions and provide voice to all stakeholders in the planning process.
Alberta Education has indicated School Divisions should prepare for three possible scenarios:
- Normal school operations are able to resume.
- Schools are partially reopened, with some level of restrictions.
- Teacher-directed at-home learning continues.
Board Chair Larry Albrecht said, “Bringing the voice of parents through the School Council representatives on the relaunch committee along with FSD’s educational leaders will ensure we are well positioned to re-open schools while prioritizing safety and well-being of our students and staff. We are eager to welcome staff and students back into schools as soon as Alberta Health Services and Alberta Education indicate it is safe to do so”.
Superintendent Chris Fuzessy added, “At this time there are many unknowns. The only certainty is that learning will continue. We must work together to address the many questions and needs of our school community. We will be ready for school operations to continue and will continue to utilize feedback to inform our decision-making moving forward.”
For any questions on the 2020-21 School Relaunch Committee, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.