COVID 19 Update
As you are aware, the Alberta Government has announced that all students, Kindergarten through grade 9 will be learning online starting this Friday, May 7th. Students will return to in person learning on Tuesday, May 25th. While we will certainly miss seeing our kids in our hallways and on our playgrounds, we will still be providing learning opportunities online. You can learn more about this announcement on our school website.
While you can expect this online learning to look very similar to our learning after Christmas, your child’s teacher will be sending you all of the information you require to facilitate this transition. You will receive an email that provides information such as your child’s password and login, times of google meets and other relevant information.
How you can begin to prepare for online learning for your child?
- Please ensure that you have access to technology and WiFi for your child to complete his/her work. While phones can manage a few of the learning tasks, they are not the appropriate technology for the demands of this programming. A laptop or desktop that has internet connectivity, a camera and a microphone and an adequate processor is essential. If you are experiencing issues in this regard, please reach out to your child’s teacher to determine alternate plans.
- Create a functional workspace for your child. A table near a plug in, in a well lit area without distractions such as TV or other siblings (if possible) is ideal. Where this isn’t possible, just ensuring that your child can work somewhere with a table and chair to support good posture and engagement in lessons is helpful.
- Communicate regularly with both your child and his/her teacher. Reach out via email and ask your child’s teacher if he/she is completing assignments in a timely manner and to the best of his/her ability.
- Ensure your child’s teacher knows if he/she is struggling with the content. When kids are learning in person, teachers are excellent at recognizing the signs of struggle. It can be much more difficult to do so in an online learning environment. Please let us know as soon as you see difficulties so we can help.
- Be available to support your child’s learning. For our middle years students this might mean checking in with them about their learning, checking their google classroom to see if assignments are completed and encouraging them to attend office hours for their teacher if they have questions. For our early years students they often require an adult right by their side assisting with logging on and helping to keep them online and engaged. We very much understand how challenging this sudden shift will be for many of our families so please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or a member of our administrative team for support.
I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to thank all of our families for your flexibility as we all continue to navigate through these challenging times together. Together with your adherence to COVID restrictions in our community and our effective implementation of COVID protocols in our school such as masking, cohorting and physical distancing, we can minimize the risk to all of our students, staff and families and see our kids return to in person learning as soon as possible.
Thank you once again for your efforts in this area. Hang in there, we’ve almost made it through the 2020-2021 school year!
Mr. S. Patras
Principal, Ecole Meridian Heights School