April 16, 2021
Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools (GSACRD) is sincerely appreciative of the feedback that we have received from our staff, parents, and community partners about the recently released draft Kindergarten-Grade 6 curriculum. We are committed to continuing to work with stakeholders to provide the Ministry of Education with suggested revisions as we collaboratively review this draft curriculum. However, at this time, the Division will not be piloting the draft K-6 curriculum in the 2021-2022 school year. The key priority for the Division is student learning, which includes working to address any achievement gaps that may have come about as a result of the pandemic and ensuring that students and staff can have a school year that is as close to normal as possible, particularly in light of the many challenges faced over the course of the past year due to COVID-19.
“The Board is deeply concerned about the mental health and well-being of staff and students, and we want to ensure that our community is able to recover from the challenges of the pandemic with a return to normality to the greatest extent possible. Our staff have been dealing with a great deal of pressure, particularly with the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, and it is a priority for us to be mindful of teacher workload next year as we continue to feel the effects of the pandemic,” said Board Chair Noreen Radford.
According to Dr. Clint Moroziuk, Superintendent of Schools, “With schools being completely closed to face-to-face learning from the middle of March through the end of June last year, and students and teachers moving between at-home and in-person learning due to cases of COVID-19 in our community throughout the course of the current school year, we want to ensure that we are doing all we can to support staff and students.”
We want to emphasize that the Division is committed to supporting and working collaboratively with the Ministry of Education to provide feedback as the curriculum is reviewed and refined. We encourage our Division community, including families, staff, and students, to review the draft K-6 curriculum and to “have your say” by completing the Public Feedback Survey, in an effort to provide feedback to Alberta Education and use this opportunity to positively impact future revisions to the curriculum.
On behalf of:
Mrs. Noreen Radford Dr. Clint Moroziuk
Board Chair Superintendent of Schools