Parent Update: K-12 Shifts to Learning from Home |

Parent Update: K-12 Shifts to Learning from Home

On May 4, 2021, the Alberta Government announced additional public health measures due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases across the province. In addition to a number of public health orders related to social gatherings, worship services and businesses, there were also new restrictions placed on school jurisdictions that will affect all Prairie Rose students. 

Read the full announcement from the Government of Alberta: Stop the Spike

Starting Friday, May 7, 2021, all students in grades kindergarten to grade 12 will move to Scenario 3 Learning from Home until May 25, 2021.

How does this announcement impact my child(ren)?

Who is not impacted by this announcement?

May 7, 2021 - May 25, 2021 Daycare programs at Oyen Public and IF Cox will continue to operate in-person.
May 7, 2021 - May 25, 2021 Junior kindergarten (JK) programs will continue to operate in-person. There will be no bus transportation for JK students.
May 7, 2021 - May 25, 2021 Hutterite colony schools will continue to operate in-person classes.

Important Dates

May 7, 2021 - May 25, 2021 Before and After School programs are cancelled.
Students in K-6
Friday, May 7, 2021
 
Students in K-6 will participate in an online orientation with their teachers on Friday, May 7, 2021. Teachers will connect directly with families regarding details for this day. The first day of class instruction for grades K-6 will be Monday, May 10, 2021.
Students in 7-12
Friday, May 7, 2021
 
Online classes begin.
All Students JK-12
Friday, May 21, 2021
 
School Improvement (PD) Day. No school for students.
All Students JK-12
Monday, May 24, 2021
 
Statutory holiday. No school for students or staff.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 All Prairie Rose students in K-12 return to in-person classes. This date is subject to change based on direction from Alberta Education.

Exceptions related to learning from home will ONLY be considered based on student needs and supports, and connectivity issues. All exceptions will be evaluated on a case by case basis and will only be considered in extenuating circumstances. Please contact your school principal if you have any questions or concerns. Should an exception be made, bus transportation will be provided.


What are the educational expectations of students during the two-week learning from home timeline?

High School Students
Students are expected to attend classes via Google Meets throughout the school day just as they would if they were in the school. Teachers will be teaching and marking attendance daily and completion of assignments is expected. Principals can make some adjustments for non-core subjects and to accommodate schedules for schools that have more than high school grades. Minimum instructional time for each Google Meet is 40 minutes per class. Teachers are able to have longer classes as the schedule permits.

Please remind your students of their responsibility during the two-week at-home learning period and why it is important they stay engaged. Instruction will continue to progress during this timeframe and students who do not stay current will fall behind their peers and may be in jeopardy of not passing their courses. If your home does not have reliable internet connectivity, please contact your school principal to discuss alternative learning options.

Junior High Students
Instruction will focus on the four core subjects (Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies) each day. Students are expected to attend classes via Google Meets throughout the school day just as they would if they were in the school. Teachers will be teaching and marking attendance daily and completion of assignments is expected. Minimum instructional time for each Google Meet is 40 minutes per class. Teachers are able to have longer classes as the schedule permits.

Please remind your students of their responsibility during the two-week at-home learning period and why it is important they stay engaged. Instruction will continue to progress during this timeframe. For students who do not have access to reliable internet, technology devices, or due to cultural norms, teachers will provide paper package materials and contact the home twice a week over the two-week learning at home period to provide support and monitor progress.

Grades 4-6
Teachers will be scheduling a minimum of two Google Meets per day focusing on literacy and numeracy. Student expectation of learning time is greater than 80 minutes per day, but schools have the discretion of making age-appropriate decisions related to learning expectations. Minimum instructional time for each Google Meet is 40 minutes per class. Teachers are able to have longer classes as the schedule permits.

Please talk with your child about the importance of staying connected and engaged during the two-week at-home learning period. Instruction will continue to progress during this timeframe. For students who do not have access to reliable internet, technology devices, or due to cultural norms, teachers will provide paper package materials and contact the home twice a week over the two-week learning at home period to provide support and monitor progress.

Kindergarten - Grade 3
Where possible, teachers will connect with students via Google Meets each day focusing on literacy and numeracy instruction. For kindergarten, this will be a minimum of one 30 minute class per day. In grades 1-3, there will be a minimum of two 30 minutes classes each day.

For students who do not have access to reliable internet, technology devices, or due to cultural norms, teachers will provide paper package materials and contact the home twice a week over the two-week learning at home period to provide support and monitor progress. 


How can I help my child be successful at home?
There are many ways parents can help their children be successful through the transition to Scenario 3 Learning from Home. Here are a few ways we encourage parents to help support their children:

  • Have a conversation with your child about expectations of the learning from home model.
  • Establish a routine.
  • Have your student ready to learn in the morning by making sure they get up on time, are dressed, eat breakfast and are ready to learn when class begins.
  • Set up a space for learning, not in their bedroom, without distractions.
  • Explain the importance of using their Chromebook cameras and keeping it on during class time, as face to face instruction supports learning engagement.
  • Take an active approach in engaging your child’s teacher to inquire about your child’s progress.
  • Have a conversation with your child at the end of each school day to check in on progress and determine whether they are feeling successful.

Will grade 12 students be required to write diploma exams?
All diploma exams for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year remain optional. The decision to write diploma exams resides with students and their families. Students will receive an exemption if they choose not to write an exam, however, if an exam is written it will continue to be worth 30% of their final mark. This decision carries through until the end of August 2021. 


How else will schools be impacted by the recent announcement?

  • There will be no reduction in staffing and all employees will continue to work. This includes all teachers, support staff and bus drivers (as required). 
  • Bus transportation will continue for any students with an approved exception for in-person learning. Bus drivers will be in touch with impacted families to coordinate pick up and drop off times.
  • Allocated supports will continue such as EA assistance, speech, counseling, etc. These services will just be provided in different ways. Your school will be in touch with you to discuss options.
  • We want resources in the hands of students. Schools will work with students to ensure they have books, technology, and other resources to be successful at home. 
  • Information and details related to academy programs or school clubs will be communicated directly to impacted families through their designated program facilitator.

We acknowledge this transition to Scenario 3 Learning from Home is not optimal for some families, but we will get through this. Our staff understands how important it is to keep students moving forward with their learning and Prairie Rose is committed to ensuring this happens. As parents, I encourage you to continue to support your child and be engaged with their learning. COVID-19 may keep us from being in one building, but we will continue to learn together. I would like to thank each of you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate this challenging year.