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Foothills School Division 2020-21 School Re-Entry

Foothills School Division has established a 2020-21 School Re-Entry Committee.

A Division School Re-Entry Committee consisting of senior leadership, school leadership, and school council representation will begin work on a 2020-21 school re-entry plan which will design and support a safe, efficient, and equitable return to school.

The 2020-21 school re-entry plan is to discuss essential questions, considerations, and actions to help division and school leaders plan for a transition back to classroom instruction.  Recommendations will be provided by a Wellness & Wellbeing Team, an Instruction & Learning Team, a Corporate (Facilities, Technology, Transportation) Team, and school-based re-entry teams.  The School Division’s Executive Team will consult with the Board of Trustees, The Foothills Administrator’s Association, and the Division’s unions and associations on the recommendations received from the 3 teams above.  This will further inform School Re-Entry Committee discussions and provide voice to all stakeholders in the planning process.

Alberta Education has indicated School Divisions should prepare for three possible scenarios:

  • Normal school operations are able to resume.
  • Schools are partially reopened, with some level of restrictions.
  • Teacher-directed at-home learning continues.

Board Chair Larry Albrecht said, “Bringing the voice of parents through the School Council representatives on the re-entry committee along with FSD’s educational leaders will ensure we are well positioned to re-open schools while prioritizing safety and well-being of our students and staff.  We are eager to welcome staff and students back into schools as soon as Alberta Health Services and Alberta Education indicate it is safe to do so”.

Superintendent Chris Fuzessy added, “At this time there are many unknowns.  The only certainty is that learning will continue.  We must work together to address the many questions and needs of our school community.  We will be ready for school operations to continue and will continue to utilize feedback to inform our decision-making moving forward.”

For any questions on the 2020-21 School Re-Entry Committee, please contact  

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