School Re-Entry Update - August 17, 2020

School Re-Entry Update - August 17, 2020

Today marked the official two week countdown before the 2020-2021 school year begins and we have a number of updates to share with you as we prepare for a return to scenario 1 learning as directed by the Alberta government.

1. Does my student need to purchase Chromebooks for the year?

No, Chromebooks are being purchased by the school division and provided to students in grades 4-12 for all students. We are considering a technology fee of $30 per year to cover the cost, but no decision has been made yet. We are still accepting feedback about this proposed fee structure:

2. What will a regular school day look like at my child's school? Will I be able to drop my child off on the first day?

Our schools are busy working on their individual re-entry plans that we will be shared with parents by the end of the week. These will include details about the first day of class, student pick up and drop off, recess and lunch breaks and more.

3. Will Prairie Rose offer an at-home learning program if I choose to keep my child home?

While we hope to see our students back in our schools this fall, we will also be offering an at-home learning option for those who aren't ready to come back to class. Two designated teachers are being hired to ensure students remain connected and engaged to their local school while continuing to stay on top of their learning. These students will still register with their local Prairie Rose school and have access to all the same options as those involved in the in-school option. We also know that flexibility is important, so you will be able to move your child back into class without worrying about dates and deadlines for their return. More details about this will also be coming out later in the week. In the meantime, if you would like to talk with someone about at-home learning, please complete the online form:

4. When will I hear about bus transportation?
All our bus drivers picked up their individual packages last Friday. They need time to plan their routes and set up a seating plan before contacting families. You should hear from them the week before school starts with your designated pick up and drop off times.