Dear Westmount Families,
You may be aware of the formal announcement made by the Premier and Minister of Education this afternoon regarding the school re-entry process for Tuesday, September 1st. School authorities will implement Scenario 1: return to classes in near-normal operations with health measures in place.
Our Westmount team will be working over the next few weeks to solidify our re-entry plans including:
- a master School Re-entry Plan defining all areas of responsibility and health measures;
- a specific to Parents/Students Plan; and
- a specific to Staff Plan with relevant information.
We look forward to welcoming our students and staff back to school for the fall term with all practical precautions implemented.
I provide the Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange’s official announcement for your review.
From: EDC Minister [mailto:Education.Minister@gov.ab.ca]
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 4:14 PM
Subject: Return to school decision
I’m pleased to share the good news that schools across Alberta will return to near normal operations with health measures at the beginning of the new school year, which is scenario one of the re-entry plan.
I would like to thank everyone for your continuing work to prepare for the upcoming school year. I am confident schools will be ready to once again welcome students into the classrooms.
I hope the decision we shared today will provide you with the clarity to proceed with plans for scenario 1. Health officials continue to evaluate public health practices in other jurisdictions that have returned to school earlier and will update the health guidance if necessary.
School authorities should still make arrangements if the need arises at any point during the school year to transition to partial in-school learning or at home learning. Any decision to transition will be made by the government based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health or local Medical Officer of Health while working with the impacted school authority.
As part of our commitment in the re-entry plan to bolster online resources, we have launched a new Student Learning Hub on new.learnalberta.ca. It is available for parents, students, and teachers to more easily access educational materials to support development of student literacy and numeracy, and provide health and wellness information.
Everyone has a role to play to keep students and staff safe. To help prepare for the new school year we have an online toolkit including school posters, videos, guides for parents and resources for schools in various languages. Please share with your school community and we will continue updating the toolkit leading up to the new school year.
Resources and printable material are available on www.alberta.ca/returntoschool.
Minister of Education