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Friday , 18 September 2020

NLPS, LCSD, and CSCE working together on next steps to streamline for Lakeland families

Northern Lights Public Schools, Lakeland Catholic School Division and Conseil scolaire Centre-Est are working together to resolve some of the questions parents have.

St. Paul School Division has set up online classwork for Grade 12 students starting Wednesday, with work for other grades to pour through later this week.

NLPS, LCSD, and CSCE statement

Northern Lights Public Schools, Lakeland Catholic School Division and Conseil scolaire Centre-Est are working together to resolve some of the questions parents have about the next steps for their kids.

They are working collaboratively to have similar planning and delivery during the next stage for students.

They are waiting for further guidance from Alberta Education at the moment and said they are starting to prepare a plan.

In the meantime, NLPS has set up a Northern Lights Public Schools Questions and Answers where they will be posting questions along with the answers they have at that point.

“We will provide updates to the posts when they become available. Members of the group will be able to pose questions by submitting posts,” NLPS said in a press release Tuesday evening.

“Those will be reviewed by our communications team and posted when an answer is available. We will do our best to answer questions as quickly as we can, however, we want our answers to be as accurate and thorough as possible and it may take some time to do that.

They will provide more information in the coming days.

Les trois conseils scolaires (Lakeland Catholic School Division, Northern Lights Public Schools et le Conseil scolaire du Nord Est) travaillent collaborativement afin d’identifier des pratiques semblables pour assurer la continuité dans les programmes éducatifs et la livraison. Cependant, nous attendons des clarifications provenant de Alberta Education.

Nous avons commencé la préparation d’un plan et nous fournirons de plus amples informations dans les jours à venir.

Message from St. Paul School Division

St. Paul Education’s top priority continues to be student, staff, and community safety in this unique global situation.

We want to sincerely thank you for your continued patience as we make our way forward.

In collaboration with all division schools and central office staff, we have developed strategies to deliver educational services to all of our students during this interruption to normal educational practices.

Starting the morning of Wednesday, March 18, schools will resume instruction and provide educational resources for our students enrolled in Grade 12 diploma courses.

Please visit your school’s website, to find links for our grade 12 teachers.

Within the teacher folders, each course will have a folder with instructions for students to access their course materials.

Thursday, March 19, work for students in grades 10 and 11 core courses (Math, English, Social and the Sciences) will be available.

Kindergarten to grade 9 work will be provided either Thursday, March 19 or Friday, March 20.

Please know that the Minister of Education has made it very clear that this interruption of classes will not impact the progression of students to the next grade or graduation of our grade 12 students.

There is also a general belief that grade 12 students would require a numerical mark for courses to ensure admittance to post-secondary and also for scholarships.

Grade 10 and 11 students would also need numerical marks for use in determining Rutherford Scholarship eligibility in their graduation year.

We are still very much deliberating on how to mark and assess your child’s work both online and in traditional paper formats.

Right now our focus is to simply provide as much knowledge and learning for your child as possible.

Core courses will be the focus for all grade levels.

We are awaiting information from the province about how CTS, RAP, work experience, physical education and other courses will be addressed.

There are still many details to be worked out in the weeks ahead and we will try to provide regular and timely information.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to call your school or our office at 780-645-3323.

Please know that next week, (March 23-27) is the regularly scheduled Spring Break.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connect Media. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.