Letter from Minister LaGrange

To ensure students, parents, school staff members and wider school community members have the most up to date information, we are sharing this letter from education minister Adriana LaGrange. The second link is a detailed list of Frequently Asked Questions related to class cancellation. Please click on the links to read them and contact email hidden; JavaScript is required if you have any questions.

Class Cancellation Update 5: Continuing Student Learning

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

The government of Alberta has worked with superintendents across the province to offer direction on how students will learn while in-school classes are cancelled due to the provincial health emergency.

These four principles will guide our approach in the remaining weeks of this school year:

  • The safety of students and staff comes first.
  • Student learning will continue.
  • Provincial funding is still flowing to schools.
  • Our school has the flexibility to do what is best for our community.

Learning Solutions, Grades and Diplomas

With those in mind, here are the student learning details you need to know:

  • Education content will focus first on courses required for high school graduation requirements, including language arts/English, social studies, mathematics, and science.
  • Content from other courses will be delivered where possible, and accommodations for students unable to complete courses are in place.
  • Teachers will work with their students and their parents/guardians to access materials safely and in ways that support their success in learning.
  • Every student will receive final grades and will receive a report card, appropriate to their grade level.
  • Students on track to receive 100 or more credits will still be eligible to graduate and receive a high school diploma. Principals can award up to 15 credits to students in Grade 12 whose program has been negatively impacted by class cancellations. For any courses that are started, schools will complete them with the student to the best of their ability, provide a final mark and award credits.
  • Grade 12 Diploma exams are cancelled (but some students may request to write one under special circumstances – contact the principal about this).

Resources for Parents

We know that some people in our school community are also responsible for younger children who cannot attend school either. If you are a parent (or know a parent) who is struggling to find resources to supplement learning, these two provincial resources are available to parents:

LearnAlberta.ca – more than 4,000 digital resources aligned with Alberta’s K-12 curriculum.

My Child’s Learning: A Parent Resource – provides parents with information specific to each grade level.

For those who may wish to access counselling supports while they are away from school, our school counsellors are available via telephone. You can contact the school directly to set up appointments.

We do not know when in-school classes will resume. You should know, however, that we are working hard to ensure that absence from the school building does not take away your opportunities to learn what you need in order to graduate high school. If this year has shown us anything, it is that our school is bigger than a building or any one person – it is a community and we can get through anything together.

Enjoy some rest with some loved ones during spring break. Stay well and watch this space for updates about how to access learning supports beginning March 30th, 2020.

Class Cancellation Update 4

Good morning everyone!

Thank you to everyone who has made and kept appointments to visit the school so far! We have really enjoyed knowing that those connected to our school are doing what they can to be well.

Students can still book appointments ahead of spring break today and tomorrow. Visits to the school must be by appointment. 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.

Here are the reasons students may need to visit today or tomorrow:

  • Students who have to pick up Work Experience.
  • 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.

Course Work Progress

Progress Reports: Our staff members are working on assessing all course work completed to this point and will have report cards ready as scheduled for April 9th. We will determine the safest way to distribute report cards based on the information we have closer to that date, so stay tuned!

Course work: Course work solutions for students are coming after spring break. Since students are currently not able to attend in-person classes, we are considering all options to make necessary course work available for students so that it can be completed and assessed safely. When a strategy is in place after spring break, we will communicate it in all of our social media with instructions of how to participate.

Stuck At Home and Need a Stretch?

One of the biggest challenges we face right now is how to stay well when routines are disrupted. Luckily, great people in our community are cleverly using spaces online to provide ideas, tips, tricks and exercises that you can use to maintain some routines or to create new ones.

One of those people is our friend Jennifer Neilsen of Iron Hide Woodworks. Jennifer comes to our school weekly to share her professional and very grounded yoga experience with our students. Since many of you may be at home with limited space to exercise, we agreed that this short video may be a welcome prompt to many in our circle to inject a little soothing movement into their days away from school.

For those who want a little more in this vein, Jennifer has also kindly shared some links to some of the great studios who are making classes available to people stuck at home.

Aurora Yoga and Spa – Leduc

Empowered Yoga Online

OM Yoga

Accessing Health Care – New App

Babylon by TELUS Health is a service already available in British Columbia via a free downloadable app. The app can serve as a new tool for Albertans to access health-care information and support in response to COVID-19 – from anywhere in the province. Albertans can use the service to check symptoms, book appointments, see a doctor, and get prescriptions and referrals for diagnostic imaging and specialists – all covered by Alberta Health Care. Check it out!

https://www.telus.com/en/bc/health/personal/babylon

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

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