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News Release: Summer School 2021 Runs July 5 to 28 -  Registration Now Open

News Release: Summer School 2021 Runs July 5 to 28 -  Registration Now Open

(Fort McMurray, AB, May 3, 2021) Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) will be hosting Summer School from July 5 to 28 at École McTavish High School. While we are planning for all classes to be held in person, COVID-19 community transmission levels may necessitate a shift to an online format. Should this occur, major assessments (tests, exams, essays) would be written at École McTavish High School - according to a schedule that adheres to social distancing guidelines. Register here

Optional Diploma exams will be written in-person, from August 3 to 11, for all 30 level courses. Amid COVID-19 concerns, administrators have created writing schedules for each class following public health guidelines with different entrances/exits, rooms, and times.

In addition to high school students in Grades 10 through 12 - students exiting Grade 9 (June 2021) and entering Grade 10 in 2021-2022 are eligible to register for courses. Only one course can be taken due to the condensed nature of Summer School classes. Last year the program saw 261 students registered with a projection of over 300 this year.

Daniel Baseley will once again return as Summer School Principal. He is also the current Vice Principal of Fort McMurray Christian School.  

“We are pleased to be overseeing this program once more before our sister school division, Fort McMurray Catholic Schools, assumes the mantle in 2022. Last year’s experience clearly demonstrated that even in the midst of great challenges, our community highly values the educational opportunities Summer School provides. As always, we expect to welcome a large number of registrants who seek to work ahead, or upgrade,” shares Baseley.

“Our team of experienced and enthusiastic teachers will support our students’ efforts to achieve academic success. July is an extremely busy month, and classes will progress rapidly through the relevant curricula. In August grade 12 students who choose to do so will write their Diploma examinations,” he continues.

David Hurley is looking forward to returning as Summer School Vice Principal. He is the current Vice Principal of Fort McMurray Islamic School. 

“We are anticipating a summer like no other as we prepare for two scenarios: in-person learning or hybrid learning. Obviously, we want our students in the building; however, we are prepared to set up online learning with in-person assessments—hybrid learning—if the public health situation warrants it. I think teachers and students are more comfortable with online learning than they were a year ago, but we will just have to wait and see.”

“Whatever the Summer School format, one thing remains: students must be highly motivated and independent due to the condensed nature of this program. We look forward to welcoming new and returning students, and we want to assure everyone that their safety and learning is our utmost concern!” Hurley adds.

Classes will run Monday through Friday beginning at 8 a.m., and ending at 1:30 p.m., with a 30 minute lunch break. As mentioned above, classes will be either in person or online - depending on the local public health situation.  Even if classes are delivered online, however, major assessments (tests, exams, essays) will be written at École McTavish High School.

Queries can be directed to summerschool@fmpsd.ab.ca or the FMPSD Division Office at 780-799-7900. Follow us on @FMPSD and @FMPSDSummer on Twitter for real time updates