November 25 Update

Good afternoon Connect parents;

Following yesterday’s announcement by the provincial government that grade 7 to 12 students will be required to move to online learning as of Monday, November 30th, we have been working with teachers to ensure a smooth transition for our grade 7, 8, and 9 students and to consider how we can further enhance COVID precautions for the grade 4 to 6 students who will be attending in-school classes. 

By way of clarification, the week following winter break has been designated by Alberta Education as a ‘learn at home’ week for all students and not an extension of winter break. We are currently working with teachers to finalize online schedules and these will be sent home on Friday.

Teachers will be working with students to prepare them for success in an online learning platform, drawing on our experience with e-learning last spring and the evolution of our KeeBo online learning program. Included in this preparation will be a check up of student technology, tips for being organized and productive online, and an emphasis on attendance as an important element of success. As a parent with a child learning online, you will need to have access to Seesaw (the Learning Management System being used school wide). You may access Seesaw using your child’s account and you should also have your own account profile. Contact your child’s homeroom teacher if you have any questions or need to set up a profile.

If you require tech support for your child’s device during the period of online learning, contact the help desk at www.connectcharter.ca/elearning-helpdesk/. Mr. Cloutier, our educational technologist, will be supporting staff and students online and in school in the coming weeks.  

A few other points of interest…

  • Report cards and student led conferences will proceed as scheduled for next week;
  • Students registered in KeeBo will continue to receive instruction and support from their KeeBo teachers and the pending changes do not affect their status;
  • At this time we do not have an update on transportation, however we anticipate that our regularly scheduled buses will operate for grade 4 to 6 students as usual;
  • For further details of the COVID restrictions announced yesterday, please see www.alberta.ca/index.aspx

There will be a further update by the end of the day Friday to share final details of the transition to online learning.

Thank you for your continuing support,

Phil Butterfield

Principal