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Students see benefits from $700,000 commitment from Board of Trustees

Board commitment of $700,000

Red Deer Public Schools continues to build on the great work done last year in literacy and numeracy as the Board of Trustees has committed to funding $700,000 for COVID-19 recovery.

“This funding will be used to provide a literacy and numeracy intervention program, to support students in Grades 1-3, and address any lags in their learning and achievement as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Della Ruston, Associate Superintendent of Learning Services for Red Deer Public Schools. “The Government of Alberta has provided funding for learning loss for students in Grades 2-4. Our Board has gone above and beyond the government-provided funding as we want to do everything possible to ensure each and every student reaches their full academic potential.”

Alberta students are required to complete mandatory assessments in Grades 2 and 3 in September and Grades 1s are assessed in January. This data identifies students who have fallen behind in literacy and numeracy due to the pandemic. The additional funding provided by the Board allows for identified students to get small group support by trained staff for 30 minutes a day over a period of time.

Last school year, the Board committed $1 million to be used toward COVID-19 recovery which saw more than 500 students from Grades 2-7 improve their numeracy and literacy skills. “This initiative has had a significantly positive impact on our students, and we believe will continue to help our students get back on track and mitigate the impact of the pandemic,” said Ruston. “We are very appreciative of our Board for prioritizing our students and in ensuring they are set up for success.”

Board Chair Nicole Buchanan said as we continue to move through recovery from the pandemic, the Board recognizes the importance of supporting learning gaps in students.

“Our priorities at Red Deer Public Schools are Literacy and Numeracy, Equity and Student Success and Completion. The Board’s $700,000 commitment to COVID-19 recovery aligns with all of these priorities,” she said. “We need to ensure our students are learning to read so that they can read to learn as they progress through not only their education journey with Red Deer Public but throughout their journey beyond grade school. In supporting our students through this initiative, we are setting them up to reach their fullest potential.”

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