Ponoka — Wolf Creek Public Schools’ (WCPS) Board of Trustees expressed its gratitude for federal assistance to address COVID-19 related needs in schools throughout the Division. Wolf Creek’s portion is $2,566,550 of the $250 million for Alberta school divisions, and the Board allocated that portion at its Sept. 17 regular meeting.
“We want to thank both levels of government for their support. The Alberta government’s timely distribution of the federal funding is greatly appreciated, and the federal government’s commitment to support school re-entry during the COVID-19 pandemic is of tremendous value, and we are truly grateful for the assistance,” said Pam Hansen, Board Chair, adding without the federal funding WCPS would had to have relied on its reserves, which can now be used to support other emerging needs arising in the fall budget.
“We knew as a Board there would be many challenges and increased costs to ensure a safe and healthy return to school. Our staff, from the school to the Division level, should be commended for the proactive approach they have taken in planning and procurement of materials to make sure schools were ready for the school year. These funds from the federal government help bolster those plans and supports.”
Wolf Creek Public Schools is allocating the federal COVID-19 assistance funds based on the guidelines provided by the federal government. It will assist in covering increased staffing, facility alterations, adapting learning spaces, personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies, sanitization and increased custodial staff, online learning, and transportation.
Specific allocations include:
Additional Learning Supports (Staff and Staff Replacement Costs):$1,114,100
Facility Alterations: $4,000
Adapting Learning Spaces: $51,100
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): $223,560
Cleaning Supplies and Sanitization: $5,000
Additional Cleaning and Custodial: $353,000
Online Learning: $722,290
Transportation (Cleaning and Routing): $28,500
Additional Mental Health Support for Students: $65,000