Red Deer Public School District

MEDIA ADVISORY: In person classes suspended for remainder of 2019/2020 school year

Over the last number of weeks students have adapted to learning from home, teachers and staff have worked hard to provide engaging lessons, and parents have helped ensure their children can achieve their best.

Last week, the Government of Alberta announced students will not return to in-school classes for the remainder of the academic year and that the current ‘Continuity of Learning Plan’ will remain in place to finish the 2019/2020 school year.

“I am extremely proud of our staff for rising to the challenge during this unprecedented time,” said Stu Henry, Superintendent for Red Deer Public Schools. “We have heard many great stories of how students are continuing to succeed and how parents are engaged with their children’s learning at home. The saying ‘We’re in this together’ continues to ring true.”

The Government of Alberta has outlined three possible scenarios, which could exist by September including:

  • Normal school operations are able to resume
  • Schools are partially reopened, with some level of restrictions
  • Teacher-directed at-home learning continues.

Red Deer Public Schools has begun work to prepare for the 2020/2021 school year. While these plans are in the early stages, Henry said the District will work closely with principals in developing a plan to ensure Red Deer Public is focused on the safety and well-being of staff and students as well as the priority of providing the best learning opportunities possible.

“We hope everyone is staying healthy and well. We really miss you and can’t wait to have you back in school,” said Henry.