August 14th, 2020

Calgary schools offering online classes that need ‘committed parent involvement’

By The Canadian Press on July 30, 2020.

Calgary’s public school board is offering online learning to families who are uncomfortable sending their children back to in-person classes in September.

It says the at-home schooling will be full-time and require committed parent involvement to succeed, unlike the emergency at-home learning during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The public school board says its “hub” approach involves a combination of online classes and independent work, and would not offer the same opportunities or supports as in-person learning.

It is to be offered to students in Grades 1 through 12 for only the 2020-21 school year.

The board has also released detailed instructions for hand washing, symptom screening and illness response when Alberta schools reopen.

It recommends that staff and students wear masks in school and on buses, but is only making them mandatory for children who get sick while at school.

In that case, a disposal mask will be provided until children can be picked up.

Chief Superintendent Christopher Usih wrote in a letter to parents Thursday that the re-entry plan is subject to change as more information becomes available from the province.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 30, 2020.

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