Parent Communication Update - March 20/20
Posted on March 31st, 2020
Bentley School Parent Communication
Good afternoon, we wanted to share the updated information from the Province and Wolf Creek Public Schools.
As of March 20, 2020, Alberta Education has released new guidelines to direct how students will learn while in-school classes are cancelled due to the provincial health emergency.
These new guidelines align well with the Wolf Creek Learning Support Plan that was discussed with school administrators on March 19. The full media release can be found at this link from the Government of Alberta website.
This approach was developed in consultation with a variety of education leaders to identify how teacher-directed learning could occur for students across Alberta. Each school board has been provided with the flexibility required to meet the unique needs of their students.
Continuity of Student Learning and Content Delivery
Within Wolf Creek, teachers of pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 students will offer at-home learning opportunities, either through online means or through other accommodations, such as course packages, web based connections and telephone check-ins. The Government of Alberta expects that every student, regardless of their geographic location or socioeconomic status, will continue to learn while in-school classes across the province are cancelled.
To assist with identifying what content needs to be delivered a Wolf Creek Learning Support Plan will be provided to school administrators and teachers after Spring Break. Teachers will evaluate curricular outcomes that have not yet been covered, prioritize remaining outcomes based on what is manageable for students working from home, and will plan specific tasks and projects for students.
Content Delivery for Each Grade Level
Students who are enrolled in Bright Futures Play Academy will be provided with optional learning opportunities through communication from the teacher. There is no requirement to participate and no fees will be assessed for this timeframe while classes are cancelled. Teachers will connect with parents after March 30 to determine if they want to access some optional learning support.
Kindergarten to Grade 3
Education content will focus on language/literacy and mathematics/numeracy outcomes of the provincial curriculum. Teachers will assign an average of five hours of work per student per week for K-3 students, and will be expected to work with their students and parents on the delivery of these materials through various means.
Education content will continue to focus on language/literacy and mathematics/numeracy outcomes, however at times there may be opportunities to incorporate science and social studies outcomes through cross-curricular learning. Teachers will assign an average of five hours of work per student per week for Grade 4-6 students, and will be expected to work with their students and parents on the delivery of these materials.
Education content will focus on core mathematics, language/literacy, science and social studies curriculum outcomes. Teachers will assign an average of 10 hours of work per student per week for Grade 7-9, and will be expected to work with their students and parents on the delivery of these materials.
Education content will focus on specified and core courses required for high school graduation requirements, including language (English, French and French language arts), Social Studies, Mathematics and Sciences, including Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Content from other courses such as Career and Technology Studies (CTS) will be delivered where possible, and accommodations for students unable to complete courses will be made.
Teachers will connect with their students following March 30 with further details.
Grade Progression and Report Cards
Every student will receive final grades and will receive a report card, appropriate to their grade level.
Within Wolf Creek Public Schools, teachers will be responsible for assessing a student’s progress as it unfolds in individual circumstances. At the end of June students will be assigned a final grade. Wolf Creek school administrators and teachers will continue to ensure parents are consulted and kept informed of how assessment will be determined in this unique circumstance.
We want to emphasize that all students who were on track to progress to the next grade will do so. We remain committed to work with high school students to complete their courses to the best of their ability, providing a final mark and awarding credits. If a student is unable to complete a course that would have allowed them to progress to the next grade, principals will discuss that situation with the affected student and parent.
High School Diploma Criteria
Students on track to receive 100 or more credits will still be eligible to graduate and receive a high school diploma. Principals have the ability to 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, we are committed to complete them with the student, to the best of their ability, and provide a final mark and award credits.
If a student is unable to complete a course that would have led them to achieving a high school diploma, such as a work experience, dual-credit or a career and technology studies course, principals have the ability to award credits to ensure the student graduates.
Alberta Education has confirmed that all Grade 6 and 9 provincial achievement tests and Grade 12 diploma exams for April and June are cancelled. Under special circumstances, students can also request to write a diploma exam by contacting the school principal directly.
Learning Will be Supported
We look forward to connecting with you after March 30 around the learning plan for your child. We appreciate your patience as we adjust to this new model of delivery and we recognize that we will need to adapt to specific household circumstances.
These are unprecedented times and we would like to assure you that we are focused on providing successful learning opportunities to make sure our students are successful.
On behalf of Bentley School, we want to wish you a safe and family focused Spring Break.
Principal, Bentley School