Alberta Education has said that every K-12 student will receive a final mark and students will progress to their next grade level next year. All Grade 6 and 9 provincial achievement tests and Grade 12 diploma exams are cancelled. Under special circumstances, students can request to write a diploma exam. Students wishing to do so should speak to their teacher and school administrator. (AB Education Education Media Release on March 20, 2020)
On March 30, at-home education began for students. Should you have any questions, please reach out to your child's teacher.
COVID-19: Communication updates sent to students, families (parents/guardians), and staff (2020)
What COVID-19 Is (FAQs from Alberta Health Services)
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is now a pandemic. For up-to-date information about COVID-19, please visit the Alberta Health Services website at ahs.ca/covid
The symptoms of COVID-19 can be:
- dry cough
- cold-like symptoms
- influenza-like symptoms
- extreme tiredness
What you Can Do
To help protect yourself and your family:
- Use good hygiene practices such as frequent handwashing with soap and water
- Use hand sanitizer that is 60% alcohol-based if soap and water are not available
- Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue
- Avoid large gatherings
- Contact 811 Health Link if you have questions or concerns about your health, especially if you have travelled outside of Canada
- Travel outside of Canada is not recommended at this time
In April, GSACRD, along with all other provincial school jurisdictions, had to face the reality that it must temporarily reduce staff, relative to the provincial government’s need to fund emergent health services and supplies – as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have notified all support staff who will be laid off from their current positions, effective at the end of the day on April 30.
While we are not alone in having to make difficult choices, we recognize the stresses this may cause some of our staff and their families. We are working with those who need help accessing supports as needed.
"It is important to understand that this is not forever,” says David Keohane, superintendent. “We value all of our teaching and support staff; each person is integral to our work and the continued success of our students.”
Rest assured, our administration and schools are working collaboratively with Student Services and Human Resource Services to effectively plan for continued, collaborative, and effective supports for students with diverse learning needs. School principals will communicate with families in this regard.
Thank you for your continued support as we work together through the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic – in our schools, our community, and in the province at large. We will get through this together.
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