By Jensen, Randy on August 5, 2020.
With the province announcing that schools in Alberta would reopen in September under Scenario 1 – near normal operations with health measures in place in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 – the Lethbridge School Division has launched a parent survey to assist in planning for the 2020/21 school year.
In a letter to parents with students in the school division, Lethbridge School Division superintendent Cheryl Gilmore said the division has developed an “opt out” of in-school instruction with an “at-home” delivery program.
The deadline for parents to complete the survey is noon on Aug. 10.
“As you can appreciate, the school division and schools need at least two weeks to play for instruction based on your response in the survey,” Gilmore said in the letter to parents. “We will need to put at-home learning students into cohorts based on your response, assign at-home learning teachers, and then reconfigure in-school assignments based on how many students will be in class at each school site.
“We need to know if your child(ren) will be assigned to an at-home learning cohort or be at school assigned to a class cohort. The survey is also critical for us to organize transportation. For those students who qualify for transportation, it is extremely helpful if some parents/guardians are in a position to transport their children rather than have them ride the school bus. We can finalize routes once we know the students who will be on the school buses.”
The survey has only five questions including: student name; school the student is registered at; grade for fall 2020; whether student will be attending school or opting out for at-home learning; and whether student will be transported to school by school bus.