School Back In This Fall
July 21, 2020 - The Minister of Education confirmed that the 2020-2021 school year for Parkland School Division will begin under Scenario 1 as outlined in the provinces previously announced School Re-Entry Plan. This means the return to in-school classes with near-normal conditions.
“Alberta continues moving ahead with our recovery and relaunch plan. I’m proud of our comprehensive plan that supports the safe return to daily in-school learning. The return of more than 750,000 students to near-normal learning in the new school year is indicative of Alberta’s continued recovery as we work to relaunch our economy and return to our regular everyday lives.” - Jason Kenney, Premier
“We are determined to do everything that we can to safely return our students, teachers and staff to school. I appreciate the input and support of school authorities across the province, as well as our education partners, in developing and refining our school re-entry plan. We are providing clear and detailed guidelines and a re-entry tool kit so everyone can do their part and prepare for a safe return to school.” - Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education
“We are committed to doing everything possible to protect the health and safety of students, staff and families during the upcoming school year. There is no risk-free approach to COVID-19 but there are also risks to children’s overall health from school closures. We are continually refining our public health advice for schools based on best available evidence. We also have plans in place to respond quickly when cases are identified. Limiting the spread of the virus in schools will require the dedication and support of all Albertans when the school year begins this fall.”- Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health
Under scenario 1, schools will implement a number of public health measures, which include frequent cleaning of surfaces, placing hand sanitizers at school entrances and classrooms, grouping students in cohorts, and planning the school day to allow for physical distancing, which could include staggering start times for classes, recesses and lunches. Additional public health measures may be established prior to September on the advice of the chief medical officer of health in consultation with the education system.
In addition, students, staff, parents and school visitors will be expected to use a self-screening questionnaire daily to determine whether they can enter the school.
As local school authorities have the responsibility of planning for all three scenarios, Parkland School Division is well-positioned to move forward with the PSD 2020-21 Plan for School Re-entry.
“We are excited to welcome students back August 31st. We recognize some apprehension that parents, students and staff share but are committed to supporting all of our students on their return to school. The Division and provincial plans have been developed with care and compassion. Every child deserves a safe and supportive learning environment and we are confident that we have the plans in place to deliver that.” - Shauna Boyce, PSD Superintendent
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.
Key documents include:
- PSD Documents:
- Alberta Government/Alberta Health Services Documents:
- Alberta Education Documents: