National Day of Awareness

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.

Weekly Update, May 4 – 8, 2020

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 emailing at email hidden; JavaScript is required
  • 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).

Graduation

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.

Sincerely,

Adriana LaGrange

Minister of Education

Weekly Update – April 20-24, 2020

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,
  • by emailing at email hidden; JavaScript is required

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.

COVID-19 Self Care Medicine Wheel

Twitter Update

First Day of Fresh Routes

Our team working to pack boxes for delivery to students and other community members.

We are delighted to work with our friends at Fresh Routes to fill orders placed by community and also young people who need support accessing food during this isolated time. Today is the first day of our partnership, so let us know how we did!

Class Cancellation Update 10

Fighting Food Insecurity with Fresh Routes!

We are pleased to announce that, in addition to supporting our students complete their high school courses, we have partnered with Fresh Routes Edmonton to help those experiencing food insecurity.

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 work are starting today (April 14th). 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,
  • by emailing at email hidden; JavaScript is required

Update Contact Information!

Current phone numbers, email addresses and physical addresses are vital for us to serve our school community. If you or your family hasn’t been contacted by the school, it may be due to not having your current contact information! Please reach out in any of the ways shown above if you still haven’t heard from us – we are trying to reach every family connected with the school!

Pre-Registration for 2020-21 School Year

Regardless of how the school operates in the fall, we want to stay connected and help you finish high school! Pre-Registration for the next school year will begin soon. Watch the website and Facebook page for details as we roll out our preparations for enrollment.

Class Cancellation Update 9

Semester 2 Interim Report Cards – April 14th

Report cards will be available by request starting on Tuesday, April 14th. If you would like your report card (or the report card for your young person), please email email hidden; JavaScript is required and let us know the best way to send it to you.

Dropoffs of quarantined documents/course work will begin on April 14th as well. 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.

Pre-Registration for 2020-21 School Year

We will begin pre-registration for the 2020-21 school year after the April report cards are issued. Watch the website and Facebook page for details as we roll out our preparations for enrollment.

Class Cancellation Update 8

We have started using Zoom to connect with our students. Zoom is an easy way to videoconference with one or many people and it works well on mobile devices via Wifi. Here is the link so you can download it onto your device of choice:

https://zoom.us/

We will post a link to our StaffAtBSEC account tomorrow for you to click and join a video chat with Huiy and Scott (since we are having some trouble with Facebook live ;)).

If you want to contact the school, of course you can reach out through any of these means as well:

  1. by calling 780-428-1420 ext. 211,
  2. by text at 780-224-9382,
  3. by emailing at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Finally, we appreciate everyone who has taken the time to complete our student technology survey. This information is helping us find ways to connect with you and keep you engaged with the school!

Class Cancellation Update 7

Our school will be available on Facebook Live every school day at 11:30 while in-person classes are cancelled.

Staff members are reaching out to students to find out the best way to support learning during the cancellation. If you have not been contacted and would like to connect, please each out in one of these three ways:

  1. by calling 780-428-1420 ext. 211,
  2. by text at 780-224-9382,
  3. by emailing at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Also, please take a moment and complete our student technology survey. We will be able to work with you from wherever you are to get you the access to learning you need to succeed!

Facebook Live – Daily Touchbase This Week

We will host a Facebook live event every day this week at 11:30! (We will get a bit better at doing this each time!)

Also, please take the time to respond to this quick survey! It will help us get you connected quicker!

https://forms.gle/NatKdj7pbaZAdHc38

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