COVID-19 WCPS Information

Learning Support Plan Development for Students

All school boards have been provided with direction from Alberta Education to develop a learning support plan that assists teachers, students and parents in a continuum of learning during the pandemic crisis. This plan for WCPS is well underway to have a district-wide, cohesive approach towards the delivery of instruction and assessment during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As was previously communicated in our last update, March 30 is our district-wide target to share the learning support plan with our staff.  Parents can expect communication from their schools during the week of March 30 - April 3. 

We want to ensure all students have access to learning materials at approximately the same timeframe. This timeline also acknowledges the Spring Break starting Saturday, March 21 for our staff and acknowledges the need for our staff and families to focus on personal health and family.

Student Access to Technology at Home 

Wolf Creek Public Schools Technology Services distributed Chromebooks to Wolf Creek families at 8 distribution points throughout the district on April 2 and 3rd. 

We are now working with our schools to make a small number of Chromebooks available to families who find themselves in need. Please connect with your child's teacher and let them know if you are in need of a loaner device to support your child's learning at home. 

We will collate this need and respond with the support of our schools to meet as many needs as we can. 

Mass Gatherings - Business and Workplace

Alberta has implemented public health orders restricting mass gatherings to protect Albertans’ health and limit the spread of COVID-19.

A gathering is any event or assembling that brings people together in person, in a single room or single space, indoors or outdoors, at the same time.

Workplaces that are not otherwise restricted or ordered to close can have more than 15 workers on a work site as long as they follow all public health guidelines, including social distancing measures. Employers should:

  • self-assess and find alternate ways to organize large group meetings
  • cancel workplace gatherings of 15 or more people in a single space (e.g. training events)
  • employ mitigation strategies to limit risk
  • continue business continuity planning to prepare critical operations for any potential interruption

Student Fee Refunds

We are fielding some questions regarding how the district is addressing student fees. At the current time we are asking parents to hold off requesting any student fee refunds including course fees, field trip fees, transportation fees, Bright Futures Play Academy, etc. 

We are anticipating direction from the province with regards to fees in general. In the meantime, we are reviewing potential fee refund procedures and the types of fees that might be refunded either fully or as a prorated amount. Further information on this will be provided in subsequent updates.

Grad and Farewell Ceremonies

Events like the end of Grade 9 (Farewell) and Grade 12 (Graduation) are special opportunities that students, parents, family, friends, staff, and community members look forward to celebrating together. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all ceremonies have been postponed across all schools in Wolf Creek Public Schools and the province due to the current Alberta Health restrictions on the size of gatherings. 

Please see a letter from Jayson Lovell, Superintendent, that was sent to parents on May 1, 2020 regarding graduation and farewell ceremonies at the link below. 

Grad and Farewell Letter to Parents (COVID-19)

Last Day of School 2019/20

Student learning continues, but please be advised that the final day of school for students for the 2019/20 school year to be Friday, June 19, 2020. 

The change is the result of consultation with staff, and colleagues in school divisions throughout central Alberta, which are making similar calendar adjustments. This change enables time for all students to complete assignments through the remote and digital delivery at-home and receive feedback from teachers. All school divisions in Zone 4 agreed to June 19, in part, as with the required preparations to finalize the year, and prepare for the three possible re-entry scenarios presented recently by the Education Minister. 

Addition Information and Resources

Up-to-date information on the evolving situation of COVID-19 in Alberta and Canada is available on the following websites:  

Alberta Health (COVID-19 Info for Albertans) 

https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

Alberta Health Services (novel coronavirus (COVID-19) 

https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx

Public Health Agency of Canada (Covid-19: Being Prepared) 

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/being-prepared.html

Alberta Health COVID-19 Self Assessment Online Tool

https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Journey/COVID-19/Pages/COVID-Self-Assessment.aspx?utm_source=google&utm_medium=sem&utm_campaign=Covid19&utm_term=self-assessment&utm_content=GoA-v1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIl9_Q5eua6AIVlBh9Ch3YfAHlEAAYASAAEgJaEPD_BwE

Resources for Parents: Coping with COVID-19

Please continue to visit the COVID-19 Updates and Information page on the Wolf Creek website for the latest updates and resources for parents. 

Alberta Health Services have provided the following resources which include self-care strategies, strategies for parents to talk to their children, and strategies for coping and remaining connected.

Métis Nation of Alberta COVID-19 Support Plan

Please see the support plan below, and download it at THIS LINK.