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News Release: New COVID-19 Measures Released by Alberta Government

News Release: New COVID-19 Measures Released by Alberta Government

Good evening FMPSD,

Late this afternoon Alberta’s government introduced a series of new COVID-19 measures that impact various sectors in our community. Some of these mandatory measures impact education. First, I want to assure staff that these mandatory measures for education do not mean a reduction in staff positions. We will navigate any adjustments to exact assignments of support staff within schools as we prepare for transition this week.

I also want to take this opportunity to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation. Each of our staff members, students, and families have been practicing preventative practices, we are receiving clear and efficient communication regarding questions, concerns, and test results and we are working collaboratively as we navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19. These new measures will provide additional support as we provide essential services to our students.

The impact to K-12 education is as follows:

Grades 7-12 Scenario 3: Student off-site instruction

All Grades 7 to 12 students provide-wide will move to at-home learning (scenario 3) effective Monday, November 30th until the start of our Christmas break (last day of online classes is December 18th). The first week back to school after our Christmas Break for these students (January 4th to 8th) will also be in Scenario 3 with at-home learning.

ECDP - Grade 6: Student on-side instruction 

All grades ECDP to Grade 6 students will remain in school until the start of our Christmas break (last day of in-person classes is December 18th). The first week back to school for these students after our Christmas Break (January 4th-8th) will be scenario 3 - online learning.

January 4-8: ECDP to Grade 12 students off-site instruction

The first week back to school for all students ECDP - Grade 12 after our Christmas Break (January 4th-8th) will be scenario 3 - online learning

Schools remain open and ECDP - Grade 12 staff remain on-site

Please note that all schools remain open for staff when delivering at-home learning and it is expected that staff will work from their school site for delivery of at-home learning. At this time, the government has communicated that all students will return to in-school learning on Monday, January 11th.

The province was clear that regardless of how a school is configured, grades ECDP - Grade 6 will remain in school and that all grades 7-12 students will remain at home. It was confirmed that all provincial diploma exams will be optional for students for the remainder of the school year. Students will determine whether they are exempt or if they choose to write. 

The Minister of Education conveyed that these decisions were made after careful consideration and are based on the advice of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. While in-school transmission appears to be occurring at relatively low level over the past three months, the temporary shift to at-home learning for junior and senior high school students will help limit the spread of COVID-19 as well as alleviate operational and learning challenges. 

There may be additional questions and considerations that arise as schools prepare for these changes over the next few days. We will do our best to address concerns and respond to any questions as they arise. Please take care and be sure to let your supervisor or any member of senior staff know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your continued support and efforts in ‘Doing what’s best for kids”. We are stronger and healthier together. 

Warmest regards,

Jennifer Turner, R. Psych
Superintendent of Schools