Spruce Grove Composite High School Homepage News en-us Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:50:13 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca 2020-21 Plan for School Re-entry June 30, 2020 - The Parkland School Division 2020-21 Plan for School Re-entry will guide our schools when it comes to our COVID-19 response and operations for the 2020-2021 school year.  All of the measures implemented in this plan apply to both Scenario 1 and Scenario 2 when it comes to general building safety, enhanced cleaning, screening and responding to illness.  View the full plan >>> Student and staff safety is the centre of all decisions that guide PSD’s Re-entry Plan. Parkland School Division is committed to Student Success and Well-Being. The Division recognizes that, as a system, well-being must be present for all stakeholders, and therefore is committed to fostering physical literacy, lifelong health and well-being at all levels.  Procedural Guidance Procedural guidance comes from the Ministry of Health and is informed by Alberta government guidance documents, directives from Alberta Education and PSD policies and administrative procedures. Key documents include: PSD Documents: PSD 2020-21 Guidance for School Re-Entry PSD Staff/Parent Survey Summary(s) PSD Policies and Procedures  Alberta Government/Alberta Health Services Documents: https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-documents.aspx Alberta Education Documents: 2020-21 School Re-Entry Plan Guidance for School Re-Entry - Scenario 1 Guidance for School Re-Entry - Scenario 2 Three Scenarios The Alberta Government has indicated that the preferred and most likely scenario is that students will return to daily in-school classes at the beginning of the school year. While school divisions have some flexibility in addressing local context, any decision on which scenario is implemented resides with the Alberta Government. The decision will depend on advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health based on how the pandemic is trending at that time. School divisions have been advised that a final decision on which scenario to be implemented will be made before August 1, 2020. Scenarios: In-school classes resume (near normal operations with additional health measures) In-school classes partially resume with additional health measures At-home learning continues, in-school classes are cancelled How is Scenario 2 different from Scenario 1? The guidance described for Scenario 1 and Scenario 2 is similar for many categories.   Scenario 2 guidance tends to be more prescriptive.     A key difference between the two is the implementation of defined cohorting with Scenario 2. This means that groups of students must stay together and would MOST LIKELY attend schools on alternating days in order to facilitate more physical distancing. Students work on teacher assigned/self-directed/online content on days when they are home. Important to Note As mentioned in the province’s Re-Entry Plan announced June 10, it is imperative that school authorities plan and prepare for all of these three scenarios, as the COVID-19 pandemic may change at any time, and school authorities may be required to transition from one scenario to another with short notice. If the Ministry of Health instructs the division, or a school within the division, to transition to Scenario 2, students and staff will be required to quickly transition to a program that blends in-school classes with learning-at-home. Implementation of Parkland School Division's school re-entry plan is subject to change with direction from the Chief Medical Officer of Health. It is based on the best available information and conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This plan will be adjusted when information becomes available as the status of the COVID-19 pandemic changes. Please stay tuned to the Parkland School Division website for updates. For more information, contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: divisionoffice@psd70.ab.ca https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23515&stream=Homepage News https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23515&stream=Homepage News A Message for the Class of 2020 With their fearless way of standing up and standing out, the Class of 2020 sure left an impression on our Grade 12 admin team. We're so proud of you and your accomplishments - please check out our video message below:   https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23513&stream=Homepage News https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23513&stream=Homepage News SGCHS Staff Congratulate the Class of 2020 We are so proud of our Class of 2020, and how they have perservered to graduate high school in these unprecedented times. The staff of SGCHS would like to wish you all the best in your future endeavours - we hope you enjoy our video message below:         https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23471&stream=Homepage News https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23471&stream=Homepage News PSD's Transportation Services COVID-19 Measures From the Alberta 2020-21 School Re-Entry Plan Children and students across the province travel to and from school through a combination of walking, being driven by their parents/guardians, public transportation and school bus services provided by school authorities. Travel/transportation of children and students must follow public health measures in place. Detailed planning is underway and more information will follow. Scenario 1: In-school classes resume (near normal with health measures) School authorities determine transportation service levels, ensuring that all children and students legally entitled to transportation are transported in accordance with the resumption plan for the school authority. A full complement of drivers will likely be required for school authorities that are resuming classes. School authorities should adjust routing accordingly. School authorities should discuss transportation plans early in cases of Education Services Agreements with First Nations. School authorities must also consider additional safety measures to minimize the risk of exposure to the driver, children and students. Considerations include that a protective physical divider may be considered for the driver; fixed seating plans should be implemented to assist contact tracing, students from the same family should sit together, and, when possible maintain physical distancing between students; and additional resources and supplies will be required to sanitize the bus after every route. Scenario 2: in-school classes partially resume (with additional health measures) School authorities determine transportation service levels, ensuring that all children and students legally entitled to transportation are transported in accordance with the resumption plan for the school authority. A full complement of drivers will likely be required for school authorities that are resuming classes, even if children or students are attending on a modified schedule (alternate days). School authorities should adjust routing accordingly. Boards should discuss transportation plans early in cases of Education Services Agreements with First Nations. School authorities must also consider additional safety measures to minimize the risk of exposure to the driver, children and students. Considerations include that a protective physical divider may be considered for the driver; seating plans must be implemented to assist contact tracing, students from the same family should sit together and maintain physical distancing between children and students; and additional resources and supplies will be required to sanitize the bus after every route. Alberta Education is collaborating with Alberta Transportation and Alberta Health to ensure challenges raised by school authorities are considered. Parkland School Division’s Regional Response Parents are encouraged to review and consider all provincial and local measures in order to make an informed decision when deciding on Transportation for their child(ren). The final decision on whether to access the service is entirely parents’ discretion. These strategies include: Students will have assigned seating and the seating plan may be based on the order of pick up in the mornings. (First pickups would be seated at the rear of the bus and continue forward to avoid students walking past each other regardless of Grades.) Seating plans will be strictly enforced by bus drivers in order to facilitate contact tracing should there be a student that contracts COVID-19. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided for all drivers. This may include masks, gloves or perhaps a face shield. Any PPE in use cannot interfere with the safe operation of the school bus. Hand hygiene expectations for bus drivers and riders. No food or drinks should be brought on to the bus. Items such as iPads or other electronic devices should not be shared with other students. All waste, (e.g. Kleenex etc.) should be kept with the student and disposed of at home or at school and should not be discarded on the bus.   No guest riders will be allowed. Only designated riders with a valid bus pass will be allowed to board a bus. Enhanced environmental clearing and disinfecting including a cleaning log to be kept on the bus. High-touch surface areas will be cleaned several times a day and regularly scheduled deep cleaning will occur when students are not present. As per the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s recommendation on mask-wearing - Albertans are encouraged to wear non-medical masks in public when it's difficult to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres at all times. Strict stay-at-home policy for any students or staff exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (even if symptoms resemble a mild cold) Most of the bus stops in Parkland School Division’s regional transportation system are congregated stops in order to create efficiencies. Parents should be aware that there could potentially be large numbers of students at some of the urban bus stops where physical distancing protocols may not be followed. Bus Transfer stations will be monitored by on-site staff and physical distancing will be in effect but cannot be guaranteed due to the large number of students and buses involved at these sites.   Scenario 2 Busing for Scenario 2 is being examined and details will be shared once more information in Parkland School Division’s overall Re-Entry Plan is available.   For further information, contact: Parkland School Division Transportation Services Email: transportation@psd70.ab.ca Phone: 780-963-8452 https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23501&stream=Homepage News https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23501&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - June 16, 2020 June 16, 2020 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 via video conference. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Organizational Meeting Highlights The Board held its annual Organizational Meeting in addition to the regular Board Meeting. Trustee Lorraine Stewart was elected Board Chair by acclamation. Eric Cameron was elected Vice Chair by acclamation. All the new positions posted below as the result of the Organization meeting will be effective September 1, 2020. The Board Chair and Vice Chair will be sworn in at the Regular Board Meeting September 1, 2020. "It is once again my privilege to serve as Board Chair for the 2020-2021 school year," stated Trustee Stewart. "I look forward to learning more and always enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with my colleagues who clearly emphasize student success and well-being in all their decisions. Together, we strive to positively impact the world by supporting our students who will be in a better position to do the same by virtue of their time spent in PSD." "I am honored to serve as Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees for PSD." stated Trustee Cameron.  "It's clear our team always puts students first in every decision made. It's been a wonderful experience building our leadership team over the last few years and I look forward to what we can accomplish together moving forward." The following committee positions were also chosen: Education Committee Chairperson (Paul McCann) Student Advisory Committee Co-Chairs (Eric Cameron, Lorraine Stewart) Benefit Plan Advisory Committee  (Darlene Clarke) Teacher/Board Advisory Committee (Darlene Clarke, Ron Heinrichs, Anne Montgomery) Audit Committee (Eric Cameron, Paul McCann, Anne Montgomery) Advocacy Committee Chairperson (Lorraine Stewart) Alberta School Boards Association, Zone II (Eric Cameron,Sally Kucher-Johnson) Public School Boards' Association (Ron Heinrichs, Lorraine Stewart) Stony Plain Joint-Use Committee (Paul McCann) Spruce Grove Joint-Use Committee (Anne Montgomery) Alberta Teachers' Association Labour Relations (Eric Cameron, Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson) Central Alberta Assocation of Municipal and School Employees Labour Relations (Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson, Paul McCann) International Union of Operating Engineers Labour Relations (Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson, Paul McCann) Council of School Councils (Anne Montgomery) Teachers' Employer Bargaining Association Representative (Eric Cameron) Rural Caucus of Alberta School Boards (Lorraine Stewart) The Board approved Appendix 7.3, the Trustee Remuneration Schedule in Board Policy 7. At the Regular Board Meeting, the Board decided to maintain the current Trustee Schedule as it currently reads in Board Policy 7: Board Operations, Appendix 7.3. as the Audit Committee recommendations to approve a new model for remuneration and a reduction to the professional development and per diem components were defeated. (see below) The Board established the Meeting Dates for 2020-2021. The Board approved revisions to Policy 2 Appendix 2.1 - Board Annual Work Plan (2020-2021). Regular Meeting Highlights The Board accepted and ratified The Parkland School Division (PSD) Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA), Memorandum of Agreement dated March 6, 2020 as recommended by the ATA Labour Relations Committee. The Board heard an amendment and subsequently defeated the recommendation to the 20% reduction to Trustee Professional Development Budget and Per Diem Component of Trustee Remuneration for the 2020-2021 school year. The Board then followed by defeating the recommendation to approve the 40% Reduction to Trustee Professional Development Budget and the Per Diem Component of Trustee Remuneration for the 2020-2021 school year. The Board defeated the recommendation to the proposed changes to Board Remuneration for the 2020-2021 school year, as recommended by the Audit Committee. The Board received as information the Quarterly Financial Report for the quarter ended May 31, 2020. As of May 31, 2020, revenues for the year to date were $96.0 million dollars and expenditures year to date were $97.3 million resulting in a deficit of $1.3 million. A deficit of $1.9 million is forecast for the year ended August 31, 2020. The Board received as information the Instructional Services Report as presented by Instructional Services Director, Kathy Mann. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., Centre for Education, 4603-43 Street, Stony Plain, AB   https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23477&stream=Homepage News https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23477&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - May 26, 2020 May 26, 2020 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 via video conference. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board approved the Budget for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year as presented by Associate Superintendent, Scott McFadyen. The final budget indicates a balanced budget. Total revenue is $131,690,791 with expenses of $131,690,791. It is expected that the Division's operating reserves will have a balance of $2,272,115 or 1.75% as of August 31,2021. Revenues increased $2,029,737 or 1.57% from last year’s budget while operating expenses decreased by $926,976 or 0.70% to achieve a balanced budget. Revenues for 2020-2021 include $5.5 million in bridge funding that is expected to be eliminated over the next two years as the province uses this funding to fund enrolment growth throughout the province. COVID-19 has been identified as a high risk to this budget as it may impact assumptions around the opening reserves, funding, operations, and expenditures in 2020-2021. The Board received as information, confirmation of a recent announcement by the Government of Alberta that Parkland School Division would be receiving an additional $4.1 million for Capital Maintenance & Renewal funding to be completed by October 2020. This funding is for capital maintenance projects only and will be used for projects like school security systems, LED lighting retro-fits and boiler replacements etc. The Board approved the 2020-2021 Education Plan as presented by Associate Superintendent, Scott Johnston. The Education Plan is a key component in the education planning cycle which involves: Developing and updating plans that are aligned with provincial goals, outcomes and performance measures and the Division's Vision, Mission, Values and Beliefs; Promoting meaningful community engagement; Preparing budgets in alignment with resource stewardship, and that support student learning to achieve the Ultimate Goal of Student Success and Well-being; Implementing strategies to maintain or improve students learning and achievement; Monitoring implementation and adjusting efforts as needed; Using results to identify areas for improvement and to develop strategies and targets for the next plan, e.g. evidence-based decision making; and Communicating with stakeholders (staff, students, parents, or guardians, school councils, the public and Alberta Education) about school authority plans and results. The Board received as information the 2020 Assurance Report, as presented by Director of Strategic Communications, Jordi Weidman. The Board received as information the 2020 Technology Services and Educational Technology Report as co-presented by Director of Technology Services, Mark Karaki and Director of Instructional Services, Kathy Mann. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 9:30 a.m., Virtual Meeting Organization Meeting for 2020-2021 will also be held on Tuesday June 16, 2020 at 11:30 a.m., Virtual Meeting https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23435&stream=Homepage News https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23435&stream=Homepage News Early Education Program Changes for 2020-2021 May 25, 2020 - Parkland School Division’s Early Education Program has had to review and remodel programming in response to the new 2020-2021 Alberta Education Funding Framework and the Special Education Coding Criteria for the upcoming school year.  “It is Parkland School Division’s goal to provide the best learning environment to support our youngest learners,” stated Superintendent Shauna Boyce.  “We do acknowledge and empathize with the many parents who have brought up concerns after being informed of the changes. We realize this will mean larger class sizes with a greater range of students with complex needs. We have had to make some difficult decisions and changes have been made to the number of locations where Early Education programs are offered, and how the program is delivered and staffed.”  "While, overall, Parkland School Division is able to present a balanced budget based on the new funding framework, re-allocation of specialized supports funding and the reduction of Program Unit Funding (PUF) has resulted in the need to reduce the number of Early Education classes we can offer. We remain committed to meeting the needs of all learners, including our youngest ones. To clarify, PSD is working with private playschool providers to provide some services like Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapy, etc. within the private settings." Funding available to the Early Education program through Program Unit Funding (PUF) is being reduced by close to $5 million dollars in the 2020-2021 budget compared to levels of funding the program currently accesses. This will translate to a decrease from 16 teachers serving 29 classes (some morning-only and some afternoon-only classes) to 6 teachers serving 12 classes of students. Previously, the average number of students in these specialized classrooms has been approximately 12 students per class. The changes will also include the reduction in sites that the programming is offered from 10 schools to 4. Approximately 250 students were a part of Early Education classrooms in PSD during the 2019-2020 school year. Unfortunately, the program will not be able to serve as many children as it used to moving forward. The funding allocation model for PUF works in a way that money coming in must match money going out. PUF is also not available to Kindergarten students moving forward. However, there has been the addition of the Specialized Learning Support grant which includes funding for kindergarten students with severe disabilities and delays which was formerly funded by PUF. The teaching positions that were eliminated due to the reduction of PUF funding are being offset by additional teaching positions in other grades within schools to accommodate the overall enrolment growth that PSD is expecting in the fall which is approximately 300 students. Additionally, screening for eligibility for Program Unit Funding and accessibility to the program will be conducted exclusively by school authorities who must be assessed prior to September 1st. (Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, that original deadline has been extended to December 1st.) Previously, Alberta Health Services conducted the majority of this screening. Early Education classrooms provide extensive play-based programming, enriched with specialized support for children identified as having a severe delay or diagnosis between the ages of 2 years 8 months and 4 yrs 8 months as of September 1, 2020.  Programming is also available for children between the ages of 3 years 8 months and 4 years 8 months as of September 1, 2020 with mild moderate delays.   Play Partners, those children with no identified delays, will not be eligible for the Early Education Program. Universal, targeted and individual programming is delivered in high quality Early Education settings throughout the school division. These schools will include: École Broxton Park School Brookwood School High Park School Stony Plain Central School Each Early Education classroom has a team of professionals dedicated to meet the individual needs of all children. Embedded programming is provided through consultation with therapy teams. This team consists of:  Speech Language Pathologist Occupational Therapist Educational Psychologist Physical Therapist Speech Language Assistants For further information, contact: Early Childhood Services Phone: 780-963-8429 Email: earlychildhoodservices@psd70.ab.ca   https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23433&stream=Homepage News https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23433&stream=Homepage News Virtual Learning May 15, 2020 - Parkland School Division is excited to announce the move towards developing a full-time online delivery program for Grade 1-12 education, which will operate out of the Connections for Learning alternative education site, and is set to launch for the 2020-2021 school year. Virtual Learning will be a teacher-directed program that will allow students to work from home via online learning tools and remote access to content. As program delivery will take place online, participating families will need to provide their own Internet access, as well as one dedicated device with a webcam per student. Please see our BYOD guidelines for more information.  This program is best suited to students who are comfortable working independently in an online environment, with parents/guardians who are able to provide their students with the tools, supervision and support they will need to be successful. Please Note: This program is not designed or intended for the purpose of responding to in-school class cancellation due to COVID-19. Should the current COVID-19 measures continue into the 2020-2021 school year, Parkland School Division will continue to promote learning through the students’ regular schools and teachers. Virtual Learning, on the other hand, is a full-time program with a full-year commitment for those who prefer to learn in this manner. Further details about this new program will be added to the Connections for Learning website as they become available.   For more information or to register, please contact: Connections For Learning Phone: 780-963-0507 Email: cfl@psd70.ab.ca https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23423&stream=Homepage News https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23423&stream=Homepage News School Fees Update May 12, 2020 - Parkland School Division continues to work on addressing operational changes as a result of the cancellation of in-school classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  At this time, schools have completed a review process to determine the portion of 2019-2020 fees that will be applied as a credit for future 2020-20201 school year fees. Adjustments are being applied to accounts within the Rycor Online Payment module and parents should start to see those credits as early as this week. (Please note: all credits from adjusted fees will be applied against outstanding balances first and the remainder will appear as a credit within the student account.) 2020-2021 transportation fees, if applicable, will be posted to Rycor accounts at the end of May. Payment arrangements must be received through Parkland School Division’s online payment system (Rycor) or in the Parkland School Division Office on or before Friday, June 26, 2020 to be guaranteed bussing for the first day of school. 2020-2021 school fees will be posted to student accounts starting in September of the new school year.  Credits will automatically be applied against students' new fees. Not Returning? PSD Students - If a student is not planning on returning to Parkland School Division, please contact your school about refund options.  Non-PSD Students -  (From any one of the other partner school divisions or area private schools in the regional transportation system) If a student does not plan on utilizing bus service in 2020-2021, please contact Transportation Services at transportation@psd70.ab.ca for refund options. For further information, contact: Parkland School Division Email: divisionoffice@psd70.ab.ca Phone: 780-963-4010   https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23333&stream=Homepage News https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23333&stream=Homepage News Supplementary Educational Resources May 11, 2020 - Parkland School Division has compiled several lists of resources to help supplement each student's learning experience. Be sure to check out our new Supplementary Educational Resources page to find a wide variety of links to materials that may foster literacy and numeracy, and expand upon the curriculum taught by classroom teachers. Many of these resources offer entertaining educational opportunities that children can enjoy and pass the time with outside the classroom environment. We've also included several resources of particular benefit during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a list of educational companies offering limited-time free access to their services, expert advice on how to make the most of a learning-from-home environment, and kid-friendly information about the virus itself. Important to Note: Making use of these resources is entirely optional. Your child(ren)'s teacher(s) will cover everything they will need to know for their grade level according to the Alberta curriculum. Use your own discretion when deciding which of these resources would be well suited to your child's interests and/or abilities. Parkland School Division does not endorse any specific external resource; we merely suggest them based on their potential educational value. We will continue to add new resources to these pages as we come across them, so check back often for updates!   For more information, contact: Parkland School Division Instructional Services Director, Kathy Mann Email: kmann@psd70.ab.ca https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23420&stream=Homepage News https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23420&stream=Homepage News