On March 15, the Alberta Government announced that all schools will be closed for an indefinite period of time. To see Alberta Education's continuity plan, please click here.
Students are expected to stay home and our staff will continue to support student learning. School buses will not run. This includes the City of Red Deer transit.
On March 20, Alberta Education implemented new guidelines to direct how students will learn while in-school classes are cancelled due to the provincial health emergency. For more information, click here.
Individual schools will communicate with you about the retrieval of student belongings from lockers.
Our staff remains dedicated to supporting student learning and we will do everything we can to ensure this continues.
We would like to thank you for your continued support. May God continue to bless you and your families. Please stay healthy.
How can I support my child with digital learning?
Under the guidance of Alberta Education and while school buildings are closed, student learning remains a priority. We will continue to use the provincial program of studies to guide our teachings. Students are expected to continue receiving and completing work assigned by their teachers.
Currently, your school administrators are working and planning to ensure that staff is prepared to deliver content to students at home via digital learning. These plans will vary depending on each school as they take into consideration factors, such as the age of the students and the location of the school. In planning for education at home, schools are considering many factors, including families with limited or no access to tools such as technology.
As school staff works together to finalize their plans this week, you can expect to receive information from them on their expectations to continue students learning digitally. Once your school communicates their plan, please reach out to your school if you feel you do not have access to the appropriate tools needed for your child to complete or participate in their continued learning plan at home.
We look forward to the time that Alberta's mandate of social distancing practices are able to relax and allow students to safely return to school. Until that time we thank you for your help in ensuring that education continues outside our buildings and in your homes.
What about provincial achievement tests and diploma exams?
All Grade 6 and 9 provincial achievement tests and Grade 12 diploma exams are cancelled. Under special circumstances, students can request to write a diploma exam. Students wishing to do so should speak to their teacher and school administrator. See Alberta Education's website for more information.
Where Can We Get Updated Information on COVID-19?
- Alberta Health website
- Alberta Health Services website, FAQs and Twitter @ahsmedia
- Government of Canada
What can I do to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
To help prevent the spread of illness, we are encouraging you to do the following:
- Wash your hands often and well. Refer to hand-washing guidance at https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/Page14955.aspx
- Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
- Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
- When sick, cover your cough and sneeze and then wash your hands. Refer to respiratory etiquette guidance at https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/Page14511.aspx
Our child is very anxious about COVID-19. How can we support them?
COVID-19 can make students (and families) anxious. Parents/guardians are encouraged to discuss with children their fears and explain how students may reduce anxiety by having some control in dealing with COVID-19, such as understanding COVID-19, hand washing, etc. You may find the resource Talking to Children about Coronavirus from the National Association of School Psychologists a helpful tool.
Please note the Mental Health Help Line is available 24/7 to provide advice and referrals to community supports near you. Please call 1-877-303-2642.
You can also find more information at https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
Did RDCRS cancel international school trips?
- The Board of Trustees made a motion on March 12 to cancel all international student trips from École Secondaire Notre Dame High School and St. Joseph High School over the March break.