novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
The health and safety of students and staff is always our top priority. As with all public health matters, Red Deer Public Schools is working closely with Alberta Health Services to monitor and address concerns regarding COVID-19.
Communication to families
We are committed to providing staff and families with updates as we receive new information and direction. Below are the letters to families that have been provided by Alberta Health Services:
- March 20, 2020 - Letter to parents from Education Minister LaGrange
- March 20, 2020 - Education FAQ's
- March 20, 2020
- March 20, 2020 - High School Students - Parent Letter
- March 17, 2020
- March 16, 2020
- March 15, 2020
- March 14, 2020
- March 12, 2020
- March 10, 2020
- March 3, 2020
- February 6, 2020
Keep on learning
We know the current pandemic has creased unprecedented change in all of our lives. Red Deer Public wants to reach out to help support our students and families during the time that classes are suspended. We want students to keep learning. We are also mindful that these are difficult times for our families and we want them to remain healthy and well.
It is important that all students continue to be engaged in learning. You should know that our teachers have been working hard this week to put together a plan to provide continuity of learning while students are away. We will have consistent practices across Red Deer Public Schools with a focus on:
- Kindergarten - Activity based ideas
- Elementary - Literacy and Numeracy
- Middle Schools - Core subject areas
- High School - Current courses in timetable with a focus on core courses
Teachers are planning to provide learning materials by 9 a.m. each day starting March 23 that will take approximately 2 hours per day for elementary and middle school students. Time for high school students will vary depending on the courses they are taking. *Note: Students will use their Red Deer Public email accounts - please contact your school if you need account information.
We certainly know there is a lot going on for families right now and we recognize you may not be able to complete all of the activities given in a day....that is completely fine. Our intention is to just provide you with resources to keep your children actively learning and prevent regression while students are not coming to school.
On behalf of staff across Red Deer Public Schools, please know that we are thinking about you and your children. We miss having them in classes and wish we were learning together.
Note that travel outside of Canada is not recommended, and the Chief Medical Officer for Alberta has determined those returning from trips outside of Canada must self-isolate for 14 days.
Check Government of Canada travel alerts for information.
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Help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses
Alberta Health has shared the following tips to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as novel coronavirus:
- Use good hygiene practices, such as frequent hand washing
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
- if you have symptoms, stay home and call Health Link 811 for instruction