‘Misunderstanding’ about education, says HPSD chair

Richard Froese
For the Lakeside Leader

Learning for High Prairie School Division students continues, despite schools being closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s something the board chair made a point of emphasizing when the HPSD trustees met on April 15.

“There is a misunderstanding that all learning has ceased for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year,” said Joyce Dvornek, as reported in an April 29 news release. “Teachers across the division have been working with students to provide a continuity of learning and content delivery.”

The school division also reminds parents about what the Government of Alberta has to say about continued learning. That message, on the GOA website, says all students, from K – 12, have opportunities to continue studying online, “or through accommodations like course packages and telephone check-in.”

The release from HPSD also contained information from divisional psychologist Colin Collett. He had updated the board on work being done by wellness coaches to support school-based staff and provide health and wellness supports to students and their families. This includes information on how school nutrition programs can continue to help families who are facing ‘food insecurities.’

In another matter, trustees approved a recommendation to postpone the 2020 long-service awards celebration, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Awards are usually presented at a banquet in late May.

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