Alix-MAC COVID-19 Parent Update
Posted on March 20th, 2020
March 19, 2020 PARENT UPDATE
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This morning all school administrators attended a Google Meet (video conference) with senior leaders from WCPS where the draft Learning Support Plan was shared. Prior to Spring Break commencing I would like to share some of those details from our meeting so you are made aware of some of the plan elements before you return to work on March 30.
This plan has been designed to support school staff in implementing supports for students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alberta Education directed school boards to develop a learning support plan and implement it in order to support teachers, students and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is not an education crisis, but it is a provincial pandemic and a response to a declared state of emergency which has the potential to last many weeks, months or until the end of June 2020.
The Learning Support Plan is a list of resources and teaching approaches that can be utilized from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 to support teachers/students. This will be a new delivery model where technology will be utilized to connect with students and parents.
Near the end of Spring Break, our admin team will be receiving a copy of the finalized Learning Support Plan which will then allow us to give more clarity on the implementation of this plan to our students and parents. We will be rolling out this information to parents and students during the week of March 30-April 3.
Alberta Education has assured all students, parents and school boards that their intent is that all students will progress, with the ongoing support of teachers. All students who access this support are expected to proceed to the next grade level and receive credentialing for their specific subjects they are presently enrolled within.
Our district leaders are expecting additional directions and communication from Alberta Education in the coming week around learning and assessment measures which will be communicated to all of us as we embark on this new learning journey. With this change in learning model there comes an opportunity for teachers to expand their pedagogy, collaborate with other colleagues, learn new delivery models and support relationship building with students.
As was previously communicated in our last district update, March 30 is our district-wide target to share more details with you. Parents can expect communication from the school during the week of March 30 - April 3. Given the timing of the March Break this will allow student learning supports to be rolled out in an orderly, consistent manner.
Thank you for your support and understanding during this challenging time, please stay healthy.
Alix MAC Admin Team