Students and Parents FAQ
Schools will not reopen as usual for the remainder of the school year but some services will be offered to support students in need.
Home-based learning will continue to be the main learning component for the remainder of the year. Teachers will continue to connect with students and support their learning at home.
What school services will be offered for the remainder of the school year?
- Extra support will be offered to high school students to ensure they have the required prerequisite courses and are on the right path to apply to university or college.
- May 11 - Some schools will re-open to students who receive individualized support from Student Services.
- June 15 - K-12 teachers will meet with students by phone call, video or in person if needed, to review their progress and provide them with feedback for future learning.
- June 22 - Schools will work with students to offer innovative year-end and graduation activities that enable students to connect with their teachers and friends and bring closure to their school year.
- The School Food program will continue to help families in need by delivering meals and snacks to students.
- Student well-being supports will continue to be offered by Student Services.
Will I be able to progress to the next grade level?
Any learning gaps as a result of COVID-19 will be addressed and students will progress to the next grade level.
Will I have the requirements needed for university or college?
Extra support is being offered to high school students to ensure they have their prerequisite courses and are on the right path to apply to university or college.
Chromebooks are being distributed to high school students and students with special educational needs who can benefit from a device.
Will I graduate from grade 12?
If you were on track to graduate and engaged with your learning prior to the school closure, you will have the opportunity to graduate and will not be impacted by COVID-19.
I don’t have access to the Internet, what should I do? Will printed materials be provided?
Families who don’t have access to the Internet can contact their school for printed learning materials. Schools will arrange a time for the caregiver to pick them up outside the school.
For Parents and Caregivers
Will my child fall behind if I am unable to support their home learning?
Your child will not be disadvantaged because of this pandemic. Students will be supported when schools reopen to ensure they can move forward with their learning.
We understand this is a challenging time for families, and we ask that you try your best.
What will happen if my child hasn’t been able to keep up with their class during home learning?
When students return to school, they will learn the key material that was assigned during the at-home learning period so they can move on to the next grade level.
Will my child receive an end of year report card?
Students in kindergarten through to Grade 9, will receive an end of the year report card which will include comments from teachers but not an overall achievement mark.
Why won’t my child receive an end of year mark?
The priority for students in kindergarten through to Grade 9, is their health and well-being, with a focus on areas in math and literacy. This focus does not require an end of the year achievement mark.
Will I be able to keep my child in their current grade level?
The curriculum is being revised so that outcomes that could not be taught this year will be carried over. Your child will be able to successfully progress to the next grade level.
How can my child receive support from Student Services?
Beginning May 11, designated schools will re-open to students who receive individualized support from Student Services.
These students will return to designated schools for part of the day where they will receive one-on-one support from Educational Assistants (EAs) and Youth Service Workers.
All students who are supported by EAs and Youth Service Workers are eligible for respite care; however, these services will be provided at designated schools from each family of schools, including: Souris Regional, Montague High, Colonel Gray High, Morell High, Westwood Primary, Athena, Westisle High and Queen Elizabeth Elementary and others school as needed.
What is being done to help children with food insecurity?
In the absence of school breakfast and lunch programs, the School Food program is delivering meals and snacks to students in need.
What is being done to help children in vulnerable situations?
School counsellors are reaching out to support students who are known to be in a vulnerable situation.
We encourage vulnerable children and youth to call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868.