Class Cancellation Update 3

Good morning everyone!

We hope everyone reading this is well and safe. We have had some brief “hellos” from students visiting for appointments to pick things up. We also have been watching the news about the supports being put together for our communities even as we must continue to distance ourselves for the time being.

With that in mind, we want to remain present for our students and for the greater community. It is our intention to use this space and our other social media to offer useful strategies for being well while at a distance from our usual supports.

Please note: We will be in touch with students by the end of spring break about how to progress in their courses. Our website content is not meant to be course work. It will be general material to help you and your loved ones stay connected and healthy during this difficult time.

We start today with something we saw that might speak to anyone with kids at home right now. Those of us who do not have experience with teaching little ones at home may be struggling to find ways to cope with the change. We will offer some other free learning resources here as we find them (there are plenty of cool free things being made available), but this thought is pretty important – Enjoy this unexpected time together :).

Visits to the school must be by appointment. Appointments will be firm and you must attend within 10 minutes of your appointed time. You can make appointments in one of 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.

Do not come to the school if you do not receive confirmation from the staff member you are trying to reach. If a staff member has not confirmed the time you request, you do not have an appointment. Although the school staff members are working, this measure is necessary to social distance.

Here are the reasons students may need to visit the school this week:

  • Students who have to pick up Work Experience (starting on Wednesday, March 18th).
  • The Doctor will be here to serve students on Friday, March 20. If you would like to see the Doctor, please contact us to schedule an appointment.
  • If you have personal items here that you want to pick up.

Class Cancellation Update 2

Dear students, parents, guardians, staff members and volunteers:

Our staff members met today to discuss strategies for reaching out to our students to offer support while students are away from schools. While school leaders across the province are collaborating to find ways to help progress student learning, we want to identify what we are doing right now and for the rest of the week to continue to be available for our young people.

Visits to the school must be by appointment until further notice. Appointments will be firm and you must attend within 10 minutes of your appointed time. You can make appointments in one of 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.

Do not come to the school if you do not receive confirmation from the staff member you are trying to reach. If a staff member has not confirmed the time you request, you do not have an appointment. Although the school staff members are working, this measure is necessary to social distance.

Here are the reasons students may need to visit the school this week:

  • Students who have to pick up Work Experience (starting on Wednesday, March 18th).
  • The Doctor will be here to serve students on Friday, March 20. If you would like to see the Doctor, please contact us to schedule an appointment.
  • If you have personal items here that you want to pick up.

We will not be serving coffee or food at this time and students will not be able to remain in the building after having collected their items. Thank you for your attention to these measures at this time.

Class Cancellation Update 1

Dear students, parents, guardians, staff members, and volunteers:

We thank everyone in our school community for their strength during this challenging time. Today, we are in discussions with other school system leaders in the province developing a plan to continue to support student learning while classes are cancelled. At present, we await consensus of system leaders on the best ways for all schools to deliver services, but this is what we can share:

  • The system will take the time necessary to develop a comprehensive approach that works for students across Alberta. Rushing would be irresponsible especially since the cancellation may Parents shouldn’t expect this plan until the end of next week – updates will be available weekly
  • School authorities are expected to continue their regular day-to-day operations and ensure the safety of our school facilities. This includes maintenance, cleaning and administrative work will continue.
  • School staff members are expected to continue to work, either from the school or from a distance as required by their school authorities.
  • At present, students registered to participate in diploma exams should still prepare to do so. Teachers for diploma-level courses will be in touch with affected students as the complete strategy is known.
  • Every student will receive a final mark and students will be able to move to their next grades or classes in the fall.
  • We are developing plans to support students who may be in crisis and who may not have consistent access to technology and will notify the community of these plans, once complete, via the website at www.bsec.ab.ca.
  • Arrangements will also be made for students or their parents to come to the school to pick up needed personal effects (clothing, Work Experience items, etc.). The schedule for this will also be posted to the website or individual students will be contacted as necessary.

We are still here. Please feel free to call us, engage with us on Facebook Messenger or any other tool where you know you can reach us. We are committed to keeping students and their families informed and connected to their school.

If you would like more information about COVID-19, please visit the Alberta Health Services website. If you have concerns about your own health, please contact Health Link by calling 8-1-1.

Thank you for your help and support in keeping BSEC strong and safe for all.

Sincerely,

Scott Meunier, Principal (on the advice of our Superintendent, Mavis Averill).

Effective immediately, classes in K-12 schools across the province are cancelled indefinitely

Dear students, parents, guardians, staff members, and volunteers:

Effective immediately, classes in K-12 schools across the province are cancelled indefinitely. While our school will continue our day-to-day operation and ensure the safety of our school facilities, students will not be physically in classes starting tomorrow morning until further notice.

The safety of our students, their families, staff members and volunteers is of the highest importance. We are currently developing a plan to offer students support in their ability to make progress toward high school graduation while following the recommendations laid out by Alberta Health Services and the Government of Alberta.

A closure of this kind has never happened before. The staff of our school is responding to this crisis with professionalism and out of an abundance of care for our students and their families. While we are working hard to ensure there are ways for students to continue to progress, we are responding to emerging circumstances and we have not answered every question at this time. Here is what our students, parents, guardians, staff members and volunteers need to know at the moment:

  • School authorities are expected to continue their regular day-to-day operations and ensure the safety of our school facilities. This includes maintenance, cleaning and administrative work will continue.
  • School staff members are expected to continue to work, either from the school or from a distance as required by their school authorities.
  • Every student will receive a final mark and students will be able to move to their next grades or classes in the fall (as per the Minister of Education).
  • Students can expect to write diploma examinations required for high school graduation.

At present, our school is investigating ways to keep students connected to their school and to be able to continue their educations. We are considering all options including online learning and support solutions. In the coming days, we will update students and their families with information about how that work might continue even as face-to-face classes are cancelled.

If you would like more information about COVID-19, please visit the Alberta Health Services website. If you have concerns about your own health, please contact Health Link by calling 8-1-1.

We will keep you informed about the school’s response to COVID-19 as it unfolds via the website (www.bsec.ab.ca) and our Facebook messenger account. Thank you for your help and support in keeping BSEC strong and safe for all.

Sincerely,

Scott Meunier, Principal (on the advice of our Superintendent, Mavis Averill).

COVID-19 Student Bulletin

Dear students, parents, guardians, staff members, and volunteers:

The spread of COVID-19 is a concern to our school community. Medical experts with Alberta Health Services (AHS) believe the risk to Albertans is low at this time but note that the situation is changing constantly.

The safety of our students, their families, staff members and volunteers is of the highest importance. We have developed a plan to stay open while reducing the spread of COVID-19 based on the recommendations laid out by Alberta Health Services.

Our focus at this time is on prevention. Our school already maintains a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene as part of our commitment to provide a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe environment.

Here’s what we’re doing in to ensure our school remains a safe and healthy place for people to gather:

  • We are encouraging everybody who visits the school to perform good public health practices such as frequent handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes with an arm rather than your hands, and avoiding touching your face.
  • In our classrooms and common areas, staff members are responsible for wiping down all high-contact surfaces with the disinfectant wipes provided. Students are welcome to assist if they choose.
  • Professional cleaning services will clean the school 3 times a week while in operation and the public water fountains have been shut down.

Travel Recommendations for Anyone Connected to the School

  • AHS is advising no travel outside of Canada. The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that anyone returning from outside of the country self isolate for 14 days upon their return to the country. This recommendation does not apply to travel inside Canada at the moment.
  • Anyone planning travel within Alberta/Canada over spring break is advised to check information regarding risk factors in those areas and follow recommended precautions.
  • We are encouraging all students, staff members and volunteers to stay at home if they are feeling unwell, and to follow the guidelines recommended by Alberta Health Services.

If you would like more information about COVID-19, please visit the Alberta Health Services website. If you have concerns about your own health, please contact Health Link by calling 8-1-1.

We will keep you informed about the school’s response to COVID-19 as it unfolds via the website (www.bsec.ab.ca) and our Facebook messenger account. Thank you for your help and support in keeping BSEC strong and safe for all.

Sincerely,
Scott Meunier, Principal (on the advice of our Superintendent, Mavis Averill).

BSEC closed for February break

The school will be closed beginning on the afternoon of Friday February 14th for a winter break.

School will resume on Monday February 24th, at 8:30am.

Enjoy a safe and fun break! 🙂

School OPEN tomorrow, January 22, 2020

School Closed: Vandalism

The school will be closed again on Tuesday January 21, 2020 while we work to repair the damage done to the school in the recent break-in. Please watch this space and Facebook for information about when the school will be open to students.

Thank you for your patience.

School Closed: Vandalism

To our students and families: 2020 has been very challenging for our school so far. Last Thursday, a broken water main flooded much of our main floor, leaving us only the upstairs to operate. We were able to recover a lot of our capacity and had a good week pulling together making the best of things. Today, however, we are sad to share that the school has been badly vandalized over the weekend and must be closed temporarily. Police are investigating and we are working to repair what has been damaged. We will reopen as soon as possible and ask that students and families watch our website at www.bsec.ab.ca , our Facebook page and our Facebook stories for updates as they become available. Please note that we will reach out to students who are registered to write diploma exams this week with information about when and where they will write.

We know this comes as a shock to all of you. We will open again as soon as possible and thank you for your patience as we get back on our feet as a school and as a community.

Welcome Back!

Welcome back students! We’re open, warm, and of course, there’s lunch! We’re excited to see you back so come on in!

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