COVID-19 Update March 15
As you will likely have heard by now, on the news, or from your homeroom teacher, there is a provincial-wide class closure for all schools due to COVID-19. Foothills Academy will not be open for school this week, so please do not send your student(s) to school on Monday 16th March 2020 and until further notice. Community Services one-to-one services remains open to clients however we will enforce strict zero-tolerance policy regarding no sickness in the building. All group programs have been suspended until further notice.
As you will likely have heard by now, on the news, or from your homeroom teacher, there is a provincial-wide class closure for all schools due to COVID-19.
Foothills Academy will not be open for school this week, so please do not send your student(s) to school on Monday 16th March 2020 and until further notice.
We commend the Ministry of Education for their close consultation with the Ministry of Health, to make such a significant decision. Based upon the best information available, closing classrooms as of tomorrow is a measure that puts the health of students, staff, and families first.
Although we will be closed this week, the following two weeks are Spring Break. During the second week of Spring Break, we will be able to provide you with more information and a more accurate timeline about the province-wide classroom closures.
This is an extraordinary time we are living through, and we will continue to provide continuity for our students’ education as best as we can online, by some form of distance learning. There will be more information shared about this with you and your student(s) tomorrow, and throughout the week.
We sent all students home on Friday with their devices, and so we are in the fortunate position whereby teachers are able to provide continued programming for students online. Teachers will connect with students on their school devices tomorrow, and begin trialling possible ways to effectively continue covering the course content of each student’s classes. We will strive to manage this as best as we can and hope to mitigate any barriers to this style of learning.
For students who are unable to connect with teachers online, please contact your homeroom teacher, who will then relay the information to our Program Coordinators to troubleshoot.
If you have something in the school which you or your child needs to pick up, please contact your homeroom teacher to make arrangements to do so. They will communicate back to you when and how you can collect what you may need.
There are many questions still to be asked, and answered; so we will continue to provide more details as they come to us throughout the week. The Ministry of Education has assured us that every K-12 student will receive a final mark and students will progress to their next grade level next year.
For our Community Services clients, all GROUP programs and Community workshops have been suspended until further notice.
Some of our key Community Services will remain open, as they are delivered on a one-to-one basis:
- Psycho-educational Assessments
- Private counselling services
- Read/Write & Math Instruction
For everyone, it is important to remember that we are complying with recommendations to best prevent the spread of Covid-19, and therefore have a strict zero-tolerance policy regarding ‘no sickness in the building’.
This means that NOBODY can enter the building if:
- You have had any cold or flu-like symptoms in the past 14 days
- You have returned from another country in the past 14 days
- Anybody in your home is being tested for or has a confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19
Thank you for your support during this time,
Simon Williams Karen MacMillan