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Today, the government of Alberta announced a new public health emergency with new restrictions for Albertan. This is what we know about how these restrictions will affect our school:
- At-home learning will begin on Monday, November 30th and will continue until December 18th.
- The holiday break will go from December 21, 2020 to January 4th, 2021
- While school returns at home on January 4th, in-person classes will begin again on January 11th at the school.
The staff of the school will remain at the school to support you. Student services may continue to be available in-person by appointment (we will update this information by Friday).
The following link takes you to the revised Youth (<18) and Adult (18+) screening tools (as of November 2nd, 2020).
While the screening tool goes into more detail, you should NOT attend school if you have the following core symptoms:
- Sore Throat
- Shortness of Breath
- Loss of Smell or Taste
Here is the link to the new screening tools.
As always, if you cannot attend In-Person, you can continue to study remotely by going to www.office.com and entering your BSEC student ID and Password on any internet-capable device (desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone).
Please call 780-428-1420 if you have any questions about COVID screening and school.
Wed Nov 4th (9:52 am – 12pm)
Write a letter for someone who is not able to hear or see it. Go with staff and students to the river to burn it, and then release a rose down the river as a symbol of letting go.
The school staff are on break as per the calendar approved by our board last spring. While this is usually a time when the school is not accessible to our students, we recognize that some connection is needed during these times.
We will be posting content for students to engage with at our StaffAtBSEC Facebook page (you need to be a friend of the page to view the content).
Also, the school will continue to arrange food baskets to students in need this week. If you need a basket, please send us a message on Facebook Messenger before Wednesday!
Stay well wherever you are and, if you’d like to play, check out our first video – Staff Match Game!
School Re-Entry Planning – 2020-21 School Year
As you know, in-person classes are cancelled for the rest of this school year. At present, Alberta Education is working with Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services to prepare school re-entry strategies for the next school year.
The school re-entry plan for Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools for the 2020-21 school year is based on three scenarios that could exist by the fall:
- Normal operations
- Schools are open with some health restrictions that affect operations
- In-person classes remain cancelled and At-Home learning continues
None of these is the “official” plan yet. We have to prepare for all of these scenarios because this public health emergency might suddenly require us to switch from one scenario to another.
Next Year – Registration and Calendar
We will release next year’s registration form in the coming week. We will also release the 2020-21 calendar at the end of this month (along with some other information around the conclusion of this school year). We will share more information about how our school will be conducting re-entry when the planning has been finalized.
For more information about Alberta’s approach to re-launching the economy, visit their website here – https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-relaunch-strategy.aspx
Use this card and cross off everything you find yourself doing between now and next Friday! Send your results to Jamila and Teena by next Friday for the chance to win a prize!
Today is the National Day of Awareness and although it is an American initiative we feel it is important and we encouraged our staff, our families and students to wear RED to support and honour the missing women and girls. They are our Mothers, Sisters, Aunties, Nieces, Family and Friends.
In-Person Classes Cancelled for the Remainder of the School Year
The most recent information from Alberta’s Education minister is that in-person classes will not return this school year. While you are welcome to read the Minister’s remarks below, we are working hard to support students and their families to complete courses and get final grades for this year.
Course Work and Food Drop-offs
To do everything we can to help our students, we are working to arrange drop-offs of school work and some food items where requested. Drop-offs of quarantined documents/course will continue this week (so be sure to be in touch before Wednesday if you need a food basket).
Online Course Support
We are also supporting students with an online learning environment. Students can access course work by contacting their teachers in one of the following ways:
- by calling 780-428-1420 ext. 211,
- by text at 780-224-9382,
- by messaging us on our StaffAtBsec Facebook account (must add friend first).
Next Year – Planning for School
While supporting students to complete this year’s courses, we are also planning for next year. Whether in-person classes begin again or not, we will be accepting pre-registrations for the coming school year soon. We will be releasing the school calendar by the end of May and will tell students and their families about our plans to keep people safely engaged with school no matter how we deliver classes (likely a blend of in-person as soon as it is safe and online options as well).
Students who complete necessary credits for a high school diploma will still earn them. At the present time, we have not cancelled the graduation ceremony at City Hall, but information about whether we hold that event depends on the current health emergency and restrictions on large groups of people. We will communicate plans for the class of 2020 after May 15th.
Communication from the Minister of Education
Communication from the Minister of Education to School Authorities, Friday May 1, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact the school in any of the ways listed above.
As announced yesterday by Premier Kenney during the release of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy, the province has made the decision to not have students return to in-school classes for the remainder of the academic year. While I know many of you anticipated this decision, I do understand it is still difficult to hear. It is another example of the far-reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how it has changed the lives of all Albertans in so many ways.
I have spoken with many education partners since we cancelled in-school classes indefinitely on March 15. This week alone, I have held phone calls and video meetings with board chairs, administrators, teachers, parents and students, with the support of our partner organizations such as the ASBA, ATA, CASS, ASCA, TAAPCS and AISCA. The predominate theme during these discussions was schools should only open again when it is safe to do so, and that would unlikely be in this school year. Another important element was to provide a level of certainty soon for the remaining two months.
Looking ahead, we will continue to work with you on our re-entry plan. I appreciated the calls and video meetings, and look forward to reviewing additional feedback in the coming days. As Deputy Minister Corbould and I committed to, we will share a draft plan with our partners next week for your further input.
While the Premier touched upon concepts such as re-opening some schools on a trial basis, the possibility of summer school and coming back earlier than normal to regain some of the lost time, I want to be clear that no decisions have been made on any aspect of the re-entry plan. These items are only three of many considerations before us. Also, proposals that ultimately appear in the re-entry plan will be subject to approval from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and subject to the terms of collective agreements.
Thank you for all your efforts to manage this unprecedented situation as our students learn from home. I look forward to our continued collaboration as we shape the 2020-21 school year together. Please stay healthy and safe.
Minister of Education
Course Work and Food Dropoffs
To do everything we can to help our students, we are working to arrange dropoffs of school work and some food items where requested. Dropoffs of quarantined documents/course will continue this week (so be sure to be in touch before Wednesday if you need a food basket).
While we are generally moving to an online learning environment, students who must access course work through physical means can contact the school in one of the ways listed below to request support.
- by calling 780-428-1420 ext. 211,
- by text at 780-224-9382,
Self-Care During COVID-19
Special thanks to Elsipogtog First Nation (NB) Health and Wellness Centre for creating this COVID-19 self care medicine wheel.