March 16: COVID19 (novel coronavirus) Update

March 16, 2020 – As you may be aware, the Province of Alberta has cancelled all K-12 classes as part of aggressive measures to ensure public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, all Aspen View schools are closed to students. Teachers and other school staff will still be expected to work, either from home or at their workplace, to support student learning.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we know school families have many questions. Aspen View Public Schools is working diligently with Alberta Education, Alberta Health Services and other agencies, and we are committed to maintaining communication with school families as issues are addressed.

To date, here’s what we know:

Personal Items: We are currently working on logistics so that school families may collect personal items that may have been left at school. Please contact the school if you need to collect personal items.

Busing: Busing to all Aspen View Public Schools has been suspended indefinitely.

Standardized testing: Grade 6 & 9 Provincial Achievement Tests are cancelled. Diploma exams are being reviewed. The Government of Alberta has expressed confidence that every student who is eligible to graduate from Grade 12 this year will do so.

Educational options: Options for programming and supports for students will be determined in the very near future. Aspen View Public Schools is committed to working with families to support them through these unprecedented times.

Talking with your children: We recommend that you listen to your children and provide age-appropriate information. Let them know they can talk about their feelings and ask questions. If you don’t know the answers to their questions, it’s okay to say so. Please remember that children are often listening when you talk to others about COVID-19; it may be in these settings where students/children can become misinformed.

We will be sharing more information as it becomes available and we encourage you to check back to this website for the latest.

Neil O'Shea
Superintendent 

 

For the latest from Alberta Health Services, click here.

Previous updates from Aspen View Public Schools can be found below:

March 13 update: COVID-19 information for Aspen View families

March 15 update: All schools closed

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