Aspen View releases 2021-22 Return to School Plan

Aspen View Public Schools releases 2021-22 Return to School Plan
Posted on 08/20/2021

August 20, 2021

Today, Aspen View Public Schools released its 2021-22 Return to School Plan.

“Aspen View Public Schools has heard from many families that they look forward to a return to a normal school experience without the restrictions and interruptions that occurred during 2020-21,” Superintendent Neil O’Shea said. “We have also heard concern expressed by many families about the continued threat posed by COVID-19.

“We believe the Aspen View Public Schools 2021-22 Return to School Plan strikes a thoughtful balance that provides exceptional learning opportunities while safeguarding the health and safety of students, staff, families and communities.”

The Aspen View Public Schools 2021-22 Return to School Plan follows guidance provided earlier this month by the Government of Alberta, and is the product of consultation among Aspen View Public Schools’ senior administration, school administrators and trustees. Key elements of the Return to School Plan include:

  • It is strongly recommended that staff and students, particularly those in Pre-K to Grade 6, wear masks while in school. However, students/families and staff have the choice to wear a mask in school, and their decision will be supported and respected. Note: Masking is mandatory for all staff and students while on school buses.
  • Hand hygiene stations remain at key locations within schools, including entrances and exits, classroom doors, and near high-touch areas such as vending machines and other high-traffic areas. Signage remains in place throughout the school promoting proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. Staff will continue to educate, promote and provide opportunities for students to practice good hand hygiene practices and respiratory etiquette.
  • Schools will continue to encourage physical distancing.
  • Aspen View Public Schools has opted for a more gradual easing of public health measures, based on best practices. School administrators have also been directed to carefully assess the reintroduction of certain activities based on best practices. As a result, certain activities may be phased in gradually as the 2021-22 school year unfolds. Each school will share information on any measures specific to their school, by no later than August 25, 2021. These measures will continue to be re-evaluated as the year progresses.
  • Aspen View Public Schools has discontinued the K-9 online learning option provided during the 2020-21 school year, as less than 2.5% of close to 1,500 respondents to a March 2021 survey indicated a preference for online learning in the 2021-22 school year. If you have concerns about returning to in-person learning, Aspen View Public Schools will host an online information session at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. If sufficient interest is demonstrated, Aspen View Public Schools will investigate a modified online learning option; or assist families in accessing external resources.
  • Aspen View Public Schools continues to offer virtual learning for Grade 7-12 students through the Centre for Alternative and Virtual Education (the CAVE); outreach education options for Grade 10-12 students through the CAVE and the Vilna Off-Campus Achievement Academy (VOCAA); as well as homeschooling options. For more information, please contact Donna Wesley at the Centre for Alternative & Virtual Education (the CAVE) at 780-675-7080 Ext. 05 or donna.wesley@aspenview.org or Dr. Karen Penney, Deputy Superintendent, at 780-675-7080 Ext. 03 or karen.penney@aspenview.org

“Aspen View Public Schools is excited to welcome our students and families back for an exciting and engaging year of in-person learning,” O’Shea concluded.

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