Clearview ready for December learning

Release from Clearview Public Schools November 27, 2020 @2:38 published November 27, 2020 @ 12:00pm.

On November 24, 2020, the provincial government announced several changes and new restrictions across the province as Alberta's COVID-19 cases continue to rise. I know we are all concerned about the record-setting numbers and its potential to affect our schools.


We continue to do everything we can to keep our staff and students safe, and thank you for your continued support and shared commitment. We recognize this decision may pose a challenge for families. As always, our students' and their families' safety and wellness remain our top priority, and we are working hard to make this transition as easy as possible.


ANNOUNCED CHANGES AND RESTRICTIONS


STUDENTS IN GRADE 7 -12 who are learning in person will:

  • move to online learning from December 1 – January 8, 2021

  • resume in-person learning on January 11, 2021

The transition will take effect on November 30, 2020. In the coming days, schools will be working to prepare for this transition, ensuring students have what they need to learn online. Each school will be sharing their plans with you. In collaboration with each school principal, we have created a Clearview Learning Document. Click HERE for more information.


It is critical that all secondary students actively engage in at-home learning. Unlike when we shifted to eLearning in March 2020, Alberta's government has not promised a passing grade to all who are passing at this moment. While teachers can focus their priorities during Scenario 3 on essential outcomes, almost all high school credits must be earned.

STUDENTS IN PRE-KINDERGARTEN (START RIGHT) TO GRADE 6 who are learning in person will:

  • continue with in-person learning from November 30 - December 18

  • move to at-home learning from Jan. 4-8, 2021

  • resume in-person learning on January 11, 2021

More information about our approach to at-home learning from January 4 to January 8, 2021, will be coming from your schools in December. In collaboration with each school principal, we have created a Clearview Learning document. Click HERE for more information.


It is important that there is no change for our At-Home or Homeschooling students.


CONTINUED QUALITY LEARNING

Students will be expected to attend their classes in real-time. It is important to note that students are better served by being in attendance in real-time, as they benefit from the ability to ask questions and engage in class discussions that are critical parts of the learning process.

Attendance will be taken, and teachers will engage with families to encourage attendance and to address areas for improvement and available support. Families are asked to communicate with their child’s teacher as soon as possible if they experience challenges. This will allow our teachers to work with families to support student learning.


Clearview has been reviewing the new requirements and recommendations, and we are confident that our Clearview schools will make this transition as seamlessly as possible for students. Even though students are working from home in these final weeks before and after Christmas Winter Break, we are confident that Clearview schools are committed to quality and rigorous learning for your child. Schools will be sharing their learning plans with you shortly. Your child's education and safety are important to us.

We will continue to be successful and appreciate your support and setting high expectations for your child will be ready to learn.


DIPLOMA EXAMS

For the rest of the 2020-21 school year, high school students can choose to write a diploma exam or receive an exemption for the April, June and August 2021 exams. Students are encouraged to talk to their families and teachers and review more information from Alberta Education.

WINTER BREAK

There are no changes to the winter break dates (December 21 - January 1). Learning begins on January 4, with all students learning from home.


ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS

The province also announced measures throughout the province. Please read more.

As we work together to ensure our students' and staff's safety and well-being, please continue to follow the Alberta Health guidelines in all aspects of your daily lives. Our actions can prevent the spread of COVID-19.


FINAL COMMENTS

As our Senior Administration team visits and meets school administrators, teachers and school councils, I am continually in awe of what is happening in Clearview schools and At-Home environments. Our students are learning, doing, thinking, joyful and adapting well. Clearview staff are showing innovation, passion and commitment to student learning. Our families are supportive of Clearview schools and committed partners in their child's education. NONE of this will change as we adapt to our new online environment. We are so thankful!


Thank you for your continued support.

Be well, and stay safe.


Sincerely,

Brenda MacDonald, Superintendent

Daram van Oers, Deputy Superintendent

All Clearview Principals

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