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Foothills Schools: COVID-19 Class Cancellation

Pandemics, like COVID-19, challenge the way people cope. During a pandemic it’s not uncommon to experience strong emotions and anxiety.  If you feel that you or your child are having a difficult time coping during this stressful period please contact:

Kids Help Phone Crisis Line: 1-800-668-6868
Connecteen: Call (24/7): 403-264-8336 Text (daily): 587-333-2724
AHS Toll free Crisis Line/Distress Centres – for 780 area code: 1-800-482-4357; for 403 area code: 1-800-784-2433
CMHA Distress line – 24/7: 780-482-4357
CMHA Rural Distress Line: 1-800-232-7288
 
For more information on talking with children about COVID 19 visit: 
The National Association for School Psychologists
The Centre for Disease Control  ​​​
Child Mind Institute

UPDATE March 16, 2020

Dear Foothills families,

We are committed to keeping you informed during these class cancellations.  We understand that these circumstances are difficult for many students and families.  We are actively working in collaboration with provincial partners to determine next steps in providing student learning.

Please consider the following:

  • Contact the school to make arrangements to pick up emergency medical supplies or equipment.  For all other items or personal belongings, please do not contact the school. Our staff are working on creating a staggered schedule in compliance with social distancing guidelines and will be providing these instructions in the coming days.
  • Foothills School Division, in collaboration with Alberta Education and other school jurisdictions across the province, are currently working to create learning plans for the foreseeable future.  We anticipate that we will be able to share more information regarding these learning plans with our families by Monday March 23, 2020.
  • Students and families are encouraged to review and engage in any recent learning activities that students were working on prior to classes being cancelled.
  • Schools are closed for students and parents.  Access is restricted.  Please do not arrive at the school without an appointment.
  • Contact 8-1-1 (Health Link) or your health care provider for questions about your personal health situation.

Superintendent Chris Fuzessy says, “We appreciate that these are extraordinary circumstances and want you to know that we will continue to partner with you in your child’s education.  It is my hope that by working together we can ensure that each learner will meet with success.  We are committed to keeping you informed as communication is key during rapidly changing times.”

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