Plan for Continued Learning During the Cancellation of Classes – FLVT (April 3 update)

April 3, 20 20 update

Please click on this link for a press release from our Superintendent explaining the Impact of K-12 Funding Adjustment:

https://holyspirit.ab.ca/resources_publications/news/whats_new/government_funding_adjustment

After such a hectic past few weeks, after a relaxing weekend.  Be safe out there and please practice social/physical distancing.

March 31, 2020 update

Due to the government’s directive to provide temporary layoff notices, I’m unfortunately informing our FLVT community that the following staff members were notified today of their layoff:

  • All Educational Assistants in our Early Learning Program and K to 9 programs and our Library Technician

Please click on this link for a statement from our Superintendent https://www.holyspirit.ab.ca/resources_publications/news/whats_new/government_funding_adjustment

Support staff affected by these temporary layoffs will be working until April 30, 2020.

I want to take this opportunity to thank our support staff for the excellent work they do, especially the last couple of weeks as we transitioned to virtual learning.  Our support staff are essential to student learning, especially for our most vulnerable students, and provide important services to our students and families.  They have been working extremely hard in these challenging times.  We look forward to having our laid off support staff back with us in the 2020-21 school year.

I ask everyone to say a prayer of support for all the people and families that have been affected by this government directive and by COVID-19.

March 28, 2020 update

Please see today’s announcement from Alberta Education K- 12 education funding temporarily adjusted to match cost.

Last week we were told that funding would be in place for the remainder of the year, therefore we are quite surprised by this announcement.  As FLVT has adapted to virtual teaching and student learning we can share with you that Educational Assistants and other support staff have worked very hard and they have been essential in this successful transition.

On Monday our school division leadership will be meeting to understand the impact of this announcement.  Once we have more information regarding this announcement we will share it with all our stakeholders.  The work of our support staff is very valuable.

I ask you to pray for all our staff that are affected by today’s announcement.

March 25, 2020 update

Happy first day of Virtual Schooling.  It is hard to believe just a week and a half ago we were in regular classes.  I am so proud of the staff of FLVT on how quickly they were able to adapt to the new normal.  One thing I have stressed with everyone is this is all new to us.  New to staff, new to parents, and especially new to students.  We want to start off slow and not overwhelm anyone.  AB Education guidelines are for 5 hours of work for Grade 1 to 6 and 10 hours of work for Grade 7 to 9.  I know today’s rollout may be overwhelming, especially our Jr. High students and parents.

Here is some information for our Jr. High students and parents that may help.  On Mondays, teachers will send out all the content for the week.  Students will have the flexibility to do different work on different days but must be aware of certain due dates.  Each day, students will have direct contact and feedback from a different subject teacher.  Here is the schedule:

  • Monday: Social teachers
  • Tuesday: English Language Arts teachers
  • Wednesday: Math teachers
  • Thursday: Science teachers
  • Friday: Religion and Physical/Mental Wellness teachers (basically your Religion, PE, or Health teachers)

Thank you again for all your support, just as this is new to staff, parents, and students, it is all new to our Administrative Team.  I personally need to thank Ms. Pilsner and Mr. Magierowski for all their help, guidance, and work as we transition to a virtual school.

March 23, 2020 update

Our Grade 1 to 3 teachers have created print work packets for students.  We ask that all Grade 1 to 3 parents to please come to FLVT to pick-up the print material.  All the materials will be on tables outside the FLVT front doors.  Please follow social distancing practices.  Here is the schedule:

  • Monday, March 23 from 12 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, March 24 from 9 am to 3 pm
  • Wednesday, March 25 from 9 am to 3 pm

We are unable to offer any after school hours pick-up.  Please contact the school if you have any questions.

Thank you for your cooperation and support.

March 20, 2020

Good afternoon everyone,

Today our Superintendant, Ken Sampson, has announced how we at Holy Spirit Catholic Schools Plan for Continued Learning During Cancellation of Classes.  Please see his announcement after some general comments.

An integral part of delivering learning will be the use of technology.

  • All Elementary homeroom teachers will be connecting with a parent to see about access to a device and internet access for their students.
  • Jr. High Parents/Students – Please contact your homeroom teacher by email to tell them if you have an at-home device and internet access.  All our Grade 7 students should have their Edwin Chromebook device.
  • Those students that do not have access to any devices or internet, the school will be developing a process to arrange print pick-up.

FLVT will be sharing more specific information in the future.  This is all new to us and will be new to students.  One analogy is we are all going on a mandatory ski trip, some of us may be able to go right up to the top, but many of us will be starting on the bunny hill.

Here is Mr. Sampson’s Announcement:

Dear Parents and Families of Children and Students in Holy Spirit Catholic Schools:

 

Current Context

Since the cancellation of K-12 classes in Alberta schools looked like a possibility, our administrators, teachers and support staff have been working diligently to create platforms and plans that will ensure that all students are able to continue their learning under these challenging circumstances. Holy Spirit Catholic Schools is blessed to have innovative, creative and thoughtful educators. Through collaboration, innovation and creativity they will continue to serve the learning needs of our students during this time.  We are confident that we can serve our students and families well in what is a new and unique reality. This pandemic has certainly changed the course of how we live and interact with others. Each and every day, we continue to pray for the well-being of students and families in our school community, the staff in our schools and those who are working to eliminate this deadly illness. I want to thank each family for your patience as we navigate through this challenging time period.

 

Planning for Instruction

Our school administrators have been working with teachers, preparing materials for learning to continue in some format.  I think we can all agree that the learning moving forward will be very different than conventional learning that students would have been accustomed to having in our schools.  All of our teachers throughout our school division have been asked to provide learning activities in both a digital format as well as ‘hard copies’ or learning packages that will be available for distribution to families that do not have the capabilities to connect to digital/online resources.

 

We recognize that this will be a slow roll out to begin with, as not all of our teachers are accustomed to providing learning opportunities in an online method.  Inevitably, there will be some kinks or wrinkles that will have to be ironed out as we move forward. We ask your patience and prayers as we move forward.

 

Information from Alberta Education

The decision to move forward in this manner has been a result of gathering information from many sources (our schools and the availability of resources, working in partnership with neighbouring school divisions and the direction from a variety of ministries in the province – predominantly the Ministry of Education).  The public has heard directly from the Honourable Minister of Education, Adriana LaGrange, that all students will receive final grades this year and will progress to the next grade level, including graduation. Last week we learned that all Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) were cancelled for the 2019-20 school year , and we have just received confirmation from the Minister of Education this morning (March 20, 2020) that all Diploma Examinations will also be cancelled.  This alleviates a significant degree of stress placed upon our administrators and teachers, but most especially on our students now that the course grade will be determined exclusively by the school.  That said, course content will still be delivered to students in an effort to minimize gaps in learning.

Timeline

  • Monday, March 23, 2020 – all high schools will begin providing online instruction for students
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – Kindergarten to grade 9 online instruction will begin NOTE: specific information about this process will be shared on a school-by-school basis
 

Learning Expectations (Time Commitment)

Teachers are crafting learning activities for students that are geared toward the following guidelines and will focus on key essential learner outcomes:

Kindergarten – play-based learning with a focus on Literacy, Numeracy and Social Emotional Learning

  • Grades 1 to 3 – 5 hours of student learning time per week with a focus on Literacy, Numeracy, Religion and Physical / Mental Wellness
  • Grades 4 to 6 – 5 hours of student learning time per week with a focus on Literacy, Numeracy (with possible inclusion of Science and Social), Religion and Physical / Mental Wellness
  • Grades 7 to 9 – 10 hours of student learning time per week with a focus on core courses, including Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Religion Education and Physical / Mental Wellness
  • High School: all courses, where applicable and whatever is deemed an appropriate time commitment
 

Please continue to be safe and adhere to the recommendations from Alberta Health Services as we collectively fight to end this terrible pandemic.  Know that you and your family will continue to be in my daily prayers.

 

Should you have any questions about this information please contact your school administration.

 

Sincerely,

 

Ken Sampson, Superintendent

Also, here is a March 20, 2020 news release from Alberta Education:

https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=69874B5C32DE7-C7B9-FAFF-518A0FF91DCFD41D

Thank you for your patience and support.  We look forward to continuing our school and parent partnership as we educate our students.

School Prayer

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Plan for Continued Learning During the Cancellation of Classes – FLVT (April 3 update)

  1. Can I make a suggestion that the teachers email the parents with the assignments, as well? JP has had contact with his teachers- but we have not. I’d like to know what they are asking him to do a well. Thanks

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