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School Opening 2020-2021.pdfSchool Opening 2020-2021.pdf

Please click on the link above for information on school opening and registration for all students new to ASD-W.

6/29/2020 2:00 PMJun 29 2020, 1:47 PM6/29/2020 1:47 PM
  

Superintendent David McTimoney has issued an online message of congratulations to the graduating class of 2020, stressing the importance of resiliency in overcoming life's challenges. Visit the link below to watch the video of this inspiring message for this year's graduates.

https://youtu.be/1uoHPtTOrhI​

6/15/2020 9:00 AMJun 15 2020, 9:11 AM6/15/2020 9:11 AM
  

Hello ASD-W Families,

June 12 is the last "official" day of school for our 23,000 ASD-W students and we are grateful for the support you provided as children of all ages made efforts to continue with their learning in new circumstances.  It was a learning experience for all of us.

 The Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD)has released the "Return to School" plan for September, 2020.  The plan outlines the provincial expectations and standards for the safe operation of public schools during the COVID-19 pandemic and as we return after summer vacation.  This two-page document can be viewed here or on our website:  ReturnSchool_ExecutiveSummary_EN.pdf 

Finally, please watch for a final call or connection from your child's teacher or school staff member (Grades K-11).  It is our wish and the wish of EECD to get a comprehensive understanding of technology and other needs to help plan for next school year.  Due to our desire to reach out to the homes of every student, you will likely be contacted more than once based on the number of children you have in our system.  We appreciate your support in this valuable exercise.

David McTimoney, Superintendent​

6/15/2020 9:00 AMJun 15 2020, 9:02 AM6/15/2020 9:02 AM
  

Plan released for return to schools in September 2020

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development released today parameters for the public-school system for the 2020-21 school year.

“Ensuring we have a plan in place that support the safety of staff and quality student learning in a healthy and safe environment for the long term is a critical part of moving forward through the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “We remain committed to working with school districts and Public Health to meet the needs of students and staff, while positioning learners for success. However, families, learners and educators must understand the school and classroom environment will be quite different from the one they left in March 2020.”

The Return to School: September 2020 plan outlines the operational requirements schools and school districts must meet while developing their COVID-19 operational plans. It works in conjunction with the Public Health guidance to the department and may be changed based upon the evolution of the pandemic.

Students in kindergarten to Grade 8 will attend school full time and students in Grades 9 to 12 will be taught using blended learning methods, which supplement instruction in classrooms with distance instruction. This may include, online course work, guided projects, experiential learning or co-op placements.

Some classrooms may have smaller groupings, depending upon the grade level. K-8 students will stay within their class grouping throughout the day. Transition times, such as arrival, breaks and lunches, will be staggered.

Physical distancing is required for students in Grades 9 to 12 and will be observed to the greatest extent possible.

“Teachers will identify gaps in learning from the 2019-20 school year and use a targeted approach, ensuring students meet the core curricular outcomes,” said Cardy. “While we are pausing the co-ordinated rollout of green paper initiatives for one year, we encourage schools to use concepts outlined in the Succeeding at Home document, such as mixed groupings, to meet student needs within the operational requirements for the 2020-21 school year.”

Public access to school buildings will be limited to students, school staff and those who receive permission, in advance, from the principal. Students, staff and visitors will be subject to a screening process. Students, and their families, and staff must monitor themselves for symptoms outlined by Public Health and stay home if they feel unwell.

Some schools may change their drop-off and pick-up schedules.

“The pandemic situation is constantly evolving, and this plan will allow the education system to be responsive to the needs of educators and students throughout the 2020-21 school year,” said Cardy.

The department will continue to work with educators, schools, and school districts in the coming months. More information on facilities, scheduling and transportation will be communicated directly to families through the school districts this summer as schools develop their individual plans.

Parents may also call the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development at 1-844-288-3888.

 

6/12/2020 12:00 PMJun 12 2020, 11:44 AM6/12/2020 11:44 AM
  

Changes proposed to increase child safety at licensed early learning and child-care facilities

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Amendments have been proposed to the Early Childhood Services Act to increase the safety of children receiving services at licensed early learning and child-care facilities.

The amendments focus on clarifying licensing requirements, including regarding the suitability of employees and the requirement for criminal record checks for all staff who have contact with children; protecting children by giving the minister explicit authority to immediately revoke a facility’s licence in order to protect the health and safety of children; and ensuring operational safeguards for relicensing so families are not left without services due to process delays.

“Ensuring our children can receive services in a healthy, safe and inclusive environment is not optional, it is an absolute necessity,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “The amendments proposed are designed to address issues and challenges that have been identified since the act was first proclaimed and make it possible to provide the highest quality services to New Brunswick families.”

The Early Childhood Services Act was proclaimed in February 2018.

“The proposed amendments were designed the way amendments should be designed: based on operational experience and best practice,” said Cardy. “Taking steps to address gaps in the existing legislation will better enable the act to live up to its purpose and goals.”

The bill also includes amendments that give the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development authority to exchange information in the development of an online registry to help connect parents looking for child care with operators who have space, as well as amendments ensuring all facilities provide children and families with an inclusive environment.

 

6/10/2020 10:00 AMJun 10 2020, 9:46 AM6/10/2020 9:46 AM
  

The New Brunswick Association for Community Living (NBACL), in partnership with the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL), named 13 recipients of this year’s National Inclusive Education Awards on May 28. Introduced by CACL, the awards recognize individuals, groups, or facilities that have endeavo​ured to include all learners in education, school life, and the community.

Among this year's recipients are a group of educational assistants from Keswick Valley Memorial School in Burtts Corner and Robin Buchanan, a physical education teacher at Oromocto High School. 

The educational assistants winning the national award from Keswick Valley are Dorothy Lagacy, Shawnette Lagacy, Songia Burtt, Tara Cleghorn, Kathryn Hoggarth, Stacey Harris, Brenda Landry and Deborah Ascah.

These staff members worked to ensure all students are included in daily activities and after-school events such as dances and family fun nights. They look for ways to support students to participate in all activities, and have brought in extra materials and equipment as needed.

Buchanan was described as a leader and innovator in inclusion at Oromocto High School by making the gym space into a welcoming safe space for students of all abilities. Students have been given the skills and knowledge to use the gym safely and appropriately, and the physcial education teacher also made some instructional videos with ParaNewBrunswick for sledge hockey and wheelchair basketball. He has also led the introduction of a unified basketball team for students with and without a disability.​​

“A truly inclusive classroom, school or community benefits students of all abilities,” said Suzanne Desrosiers, President of NBACL. “All learners benefit from being among their peers, and being among a varied group of students can help children and youth develop into more empathetic, caring adults.”

In previous years, the award ceremony has been hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick at Government House in Fredericton. However, this year’s ceremony has been cancelled due to COVID-19, with alternate plans to honour the award recipients to be confirmed in the fall.

“We dream of the day when inclusion is viewed as ordinary, rather than revolutionary,” said Robin Acton, President of CACL. “Those being honoured today, and in previous years, are proof that we are moving closer towards that dream every day.”​




5/28/2020 5:00 PMMay 29 2020, 11:05 AM5/28/2020 4:37 PM
  

Education and Early Childhood Development

Guidelines for graduation ceremonies

26 May 2020

 

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has provided guidelines for graduation ceremonies to the anglophone and francophone school districts.

“Graduation from high school is an important milestone in the lives of young New Brunswickers and it deserves to be celebrated,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “While the pandemic prevents students from participating in many traditions and activities, the graduation guidelines will help districts plan alternative celebrations and ensure our grads receive the recognition they deserve for their accomplishments.”

The guidelines outline parameters for physical distancing and provide schools with suggested, but not mandatory, options for ceremonies. They were developed in collaboration with the seven school districts, based on advice from Public Health.

“I encourage schools to be creative in their planning and look at this as an opportunity to try new ways of celebrating,” said Cardy.

Schools will be responsible for developing their individual graduation ceremony plans and submitting them to their respective districts for approval. Ceremonies are anticipated to take place between June 15 and 19. The final day for home learning options will be June 12.

“I congratulate the graduating class of 2020 for their hard work over the course of their academic career, but also for their resiliency and compassion throughout this pandemic,” said Cardy. “I hope they continue to grow and pursue learning throughout their lives as they lead us into the future.”​

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5/26/2020 11:00 AMMay 26 2020, 10:20 AM5/26/2020 10:20 AM
  

​The letter enclosed below serves as notice that the District Education Council (DEC) has completed the sustainability study on Bath Community School, Florenceville Elementary School, Florenceville Middle School and Bristol Elementary School. The DEC voted in favour of making a recommendation to the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development that a new K-8 school be built in the Carleton North catchment area that would serve all K-8 students from these four schools. Any approval of construction such as this would come from the Government of New Brunswick. This major capital construction recommendation has been listed among the district priorities for government to consider. 

Until further notice, the school settings of all four schools will remain as they are.

Bath, Fl-Br - Parent Letter - Final Recommendation - May 25 2020.pdfBath, F​l-Br - Parent Letter - Final Recommendation - May 25 2020.pdf

5/26/2020 9:00 AMMay 26 2020, 9:03 AM5/26/2020 9:03 AM
  

Education and Early Childhood Development

Schools to reopen for teachers and staff but will remain closed for students

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government has announced that teachers will begin to return to schools as early as June 1.

“As restrictions are easing, public health and safety remains our top priority,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “At this time, we are confident that districts, following the advice of Public Health, will be able to safely allow school staff access to facilities to complete their work for the school year.”

Schools will not reopen to students and the school calendar will not be extended.

The coming weeks will allow staff and teachers to complete any outstanding tasks for the school year, including finalizing home learning options, participating in professional development opportunities, and preparing for the next school year.

These returns to school may be staggered or based on schedules or shifts, depending on the school or district. Each district will be responsible for developing and communicating their return-to-work policy for staff, including providing orientation. The final day of work for teachers will be June 23.

“Over the past few months, educators and school and district staff have been working hard behind the scenes,” said Cardy. “They have been busy adapting to this new reality while ensuring students have the opportunity to develop and grow. I want to thank educators, students and families for their excellent work and dedication in pursuing home-learning options and helping us flatten the curve.”

 

 

Media Contact(s)

Danielle Elliott, communications, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, danielle.elliott@gnb.ca.

 


5/20/2020 10:00 AMMay 20 2020, 9:08 AM5/20/2020 9:08 AM
  

Education and Early Childhood Development

Parent guide available on reopening of child care facilities

FREDERICTON (GNB) – An online guide for parents has been launched to help them understand what to expect when their children return to regulated early learning and child care facilities, beginning May 19.

“While New Brunswick has had a lot of success in the past few weeks at flattening the curve, this pandemic is far from over and the health and safety of staff and children remains our top priority,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “That is why we are working closely with operators to ensure they are prepared to welcome families back safely.”

Department staff have worked closely with Public Health to develop health and safety guidelines for early learning and child care facilities and this week held online training and question and answer sessions for operators. They are also helping operators develop their COVID-19 Operational Plans.

Operational plans outline how each individual business will be able to meet the requirements set out for reopening. For early learning and child care facilities, this includes keeping groups of children separated, enhanced cleaning, as well as mandatory screening for everyone entering the facility, including parents, children and staff. The full guidelines are available online.

“These procedures are similar to the ones that were implemented in emergency child care facilities in March,” said Cardy. “Educators have done an outstanding job keeping the children of our essential workers safe. Now, we have slightly expanded group sizes for older children, who are better able to respect physical distancing, understanding that children under the age of five will be in groups of 10 children or fewer.”

To support the enhanced cleaning practices, the department will provide operators with $20 per month for each licensed space until at least the end of June. This is part of a $1 million-per-month financial package to support operators as they begin to reopen through May and June.

Anyone who has travelled outside of New Brunswick will not be allowed to visit early learning and child care facilities for 14 days. Since travel-related cases are the current risk, Public Health advises parents not to allow people who have travelled outside the province to self-isolate in their household bubble if their child is attending an early learning or child care facility. Parents are to ensure that the members of their household-bubble understand their responsibility not to introduce risk which could directly impact the daycare children and staff.

Operators will be required to keep up-to-date information on children and staff, following screening practices. No one presenting with symptoms will be allowed to enter a facility until they contact 811 and are cleared to return.

“This will not be business as usual, and operators and educators will have to work together to develop creative solutions that work for their families and facilities,” said Cardy. “Depending on the facility, this might include more time playing and learning outside or planning new games and activities to help children learn and promote their overall well-being.”

Parents are encouraged to contact their child care provider to find out more about their facility’s operational plan. For more information about the guidelines and requirements, parents can contact early learning staff at 1-833-221-9339, Monday to Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., or by email at ECSAP-PASPE@gnb.ca.

 

5/14/2020 4:00 PMMay 14 2020, 3:52 PM5/14/2020 3:52 PM
  

Education and Early Childhood Development

Students provided with internet and technology access to support home learning

06 May 2020

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has invested $860,000 towards the acquisition of 1,000 iPads with data plans, 500 laptops and 300 MiFi Hubs to support home learning by providing students in need with access to devices and internet services.

“While I am incredibly proud of the excellent work our educators have undertaken to support home learning, we recognize this learning model has left some students at a disadvantage,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “In an attempt to provide more equitable access to home learning options, these devices will be loaned to students for the coming months. These measures will support home learning and help families stay connected.”

As part of the Continuity of Learning Plan, the anglophone and francophone sectors have each developed delivery plans and supporting materials that reflect their unique approaches and correspond with their curricular outcomes. Each sector has secured technology to support these delivery plans and associated home learning options.

Over the past month, the department has been working with school districts and teachers throughout the province. Each family has been contacted, and a survey conducted, to learn what technology is available to each student at home.

The new devices, along with existing school and district technology resources, will be distributed to students who require these tools to complete their home learning options. MiFi Hubs will be available for students who do not have access to the internet at home.

“These devices will help students continue to learn from home, and also provide families of limited means the ability to stay up to date with information from the provincial government as we live through this pandemic,” said Cardy.

Distribution of the devices to families will be co-ordinated through the schools in the coming weeks as students pick up their personal belongings. Students will be expected to return the loaned devices at a specified date.

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5/6/2020 3:00 PMMay 06 2020, 2:54 PM5/6/2020 2:54 PM
  

Education and Early Childhood Development

Continuity of learning, graduation plans released

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development released today home learning plans and resources for families to support the continuity of learning while schools remain closed to students.

Unless the situation drastically improves, schools will not be reopened to students and the school calendar will not be extended.

“We understand families have been anxiously awaiting more information on how we will support students during this uncertain time,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “While our immediate concern continues to be public health and safety, we are committed to helping students continue their education while school facilities are closed. In response, we have developed a plan to continue to deliver education to students.”

Anglophone and francophone sectors have each developed a delivery plan and supporting materials that reflect their unique approaches and correspond with their curricular outcomes.

Students between kindergarten and Grade 12 will be asked to dedicate between an hour to two and a half hours a day to completing home learning options, depending upon their grade level. In addition, students of all ages are encouraged to read for a minimum of 30 minutes daily (as a family, aloud or silently depending upon grade level) and engage in 30 minutes of physical activity daily.

“We understand each family has a different home environment,” said Cardy. “While parents will have a key responsibility to encourage students to complete the provided material and continue learning, it is important that families understand we are not asking them to recreate a classroom in their home or take on the full role of a teacher.”

In the coming days, schools in both sectors will be in contact with families to share home learning options. Educational resources for students in the anglophone sector will also be shared on the newly-established New Brunswick Family Resources website. Francophone school districts are in the process of developing their own website and more information will be available in the coming days.

Educators will be contacting families weekly and teachers will participate in the development of home learning options, as well as preparing for the eventual return of students to the classroom.

Graduation and grade advancement

All Grade 12 students who, as of January 2020, were on track to graduate in June 2020 will graduate on time and receive a New Brunswick high school diploma. Decisions on graduation ceremonies and other graduation events will be made in the coming weeks, based on direction from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. The government will work with post-secondary institutions to ensure this crisis does not prevent students from being eligible for admission to post-secondary studies in the upcoming school year.

All students who were positioned to continue to the next grade level for the 2020-21 school year in January 2020 will do so.

More information on assessments, report cards and delivery plan outlines are available in the continuity of learning plans for the anglophone and francophone sectors.​

4/2/2020 1:00 PMApr 02 2020, 12:27 PM4/2/2020 12:27 PM
  

​Minister Cardy announced the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's Continuity of Learning Plan on April 2 for students, families and educators.

Click on the link below for details:

Scanned_Minister's announcement on Continuation of Learning.pdfScanned_Minister's announcement on Continuation of Learning.pdf

4/2/2020 12:00 PMApr 02 2020, 11:58 AM4/2/2020 11:58 AM
  

​​All events related to Heritage Fairs are suspended until the end of the school year. This was announced recently by the provincial Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.

The Young Citizens program, managed by History Canada, will proceed as planned. All students who are completing a heritage fair project or independent research project on a topic of Canadian history are eligible to participate. This​ year, students will not need to present their project at a school or regional fair first.

Information on this year's program can be found at www.YoungCitizens.ca and the Getting Started page will provide students with all the forms and steps they need to compete to participate.

http://kids.canadahistory.ca/Kids/YoungCitizens/Getting-Started

Given that students will have limited access to museums, subject matter experts and filming locations, History Canada is looking at adjusting this year's criteria to focus more on the content and research, and less on the production of film.






3/27/2020 2:00 PMMar 27 2020, 1:56 PM3/27/2020 1:56 PM
  

​Please visit the attachment below for information regarding a memo to parents from the Deputy Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development:

DM PARENT Memo March 20.pdfDM PARENT Memo March 20.pdf

3/20/2020 6:00 PMMar 20 2020, 6:03 PM3/20/2020 6:01 PM
  

Education and Early Childhood Development

Essential workers will not be required to pay double child care fees

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is working to minimize the financial impacts that child care facility closures are having on parents.

“Next to the health and safety of children and staff, our decisions have been guided by how we can limit the financial impact on New Brunswickers,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “Our early learning and child care staff are working to ensure that needs of parents are balanced with the need to ensure that quality, affordable child care will still be accessible once operations can resume.”

The department has committed to covering the fees of anyone who has lost their income due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. It will also continue to provide parent subsidies as scheduled. Parents are encouraged to visit the department’s website for more information and to determine if they qualify for assistance.

Essential service workers will not have to pay double fees for their child care services. This includes those paying to reserve a space at their usual child care facility but whose child is attending one of the emergency child care facilities. In this situation, the department will cover the costs of emergency child care. Parents should notify the department to ensure they are not double-billed.

This also means that parents must continue to pay to hold their space at a centre that has not laid off its staff.

“We understand this is difficult for many New Brunswickers,” said Cardy. “Paying for a service you do not use on a snow day is one thing but paying for weeks or months is another. Our department’s immediate focus has been ensuring essential needs are met. In the coming weeks, we will continue to explore how we can address identified gaps.”

Information for essential service workers will be available through the department’s parent portal or by calling 1-833-221-9339.

The directive that people who have travelled internationally on or after March 9 still applies, and travellers are to avoid early learning and child care centres for 14 days.

3/20/2020 12:00 PMMar 20 2020, 1:57 PM3/20/2020 12:00 PM
  

Health

REVISED / State of emergency declared in response to COVID-19

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government today declared a state of emergency under section 12 of the Emergency Measures Act to enhance measures to help contain the spread of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus).

“The health and well-being of every New Brunswicker must remain our number one priority,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “With the support of the of the chief medical officer of health, and with the support of the all-party cabinet committee, we are taking this extraordinary measure to provided greater assistance to the health-care sector fighting the spread of COVID-19 in the province.”

As a result of this declaration:

  • All food and beverage businesses will be reduced to take-out and delivery service only.
  • All lounges and special facilities licensed under the Liquor Control Act will stop admitting patrons.
  • All swimming pools, spas, saunas, waterparks, gymnasiums, yoga studios, dance studios, rinks and arenas, tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, climbing walls, escape rooms, ski hills, golf courses, arcades, amusement centres, pool halls, bowling alleys, casinos, cinemas, libraries, museums, zoos, aquariums, barbers, hair stylists, esthetics service providers, sugar bush operations, and theatres or other live performance venues will stop admitting members of the public.
  • Schools, colleges, universities and private schools must be closed to students. Institutions which have students in residence are permitted to allow them to remain in residence until they can safely return home. Online course delivery may continue.

The premier reiterated that construction activities continue and that they are not prohibited under this declaration.

Other measures under the declaration of state of emergency include:

  • All businesses in retail sales will stop admitting patrons, except: grocery stores; pharmacies; repair garages; post offices; financial and lending institutions; retailers of fuel, hardware and automotive parts; convenience stores; animal and fish feed providers; and corporate and agency stores of NB Liquor and Cannabis NB. All businesses required to stop admitting patrons are permitted to sell online or over the phone and to arrange delivery or pick-up of purchases.
  • Every person directed by a physician to self-isolate will obey.
  • Every person who has been outside Canada will self-isolate within their home for 14 days after their return to Canada, and, if they experience symptoms of COVID-19 during that period, will remain self-isolated until they are free of symptoms. This requirement does not apply to people exempted by the chief medical officer of health.
  • Owners and operators of all other premises at which people may gather in large numbers will take all reasonable steps to prevent gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • All regulated health services providers will cease operations unless the services to be provided are to address essential health care or an emergency health-care situation.
  • All unregulated health services providers, with the exception of those that are providing direct support to regulated health services providers, shall cease operations immediately.
  • Owners and managers of all workplaces and organizers of all activities will take every reasonable step to ensure minimal interaction of people within 2 metres of each other and carry out advice to minimize risk as issued by the chief medical officer of health.
  • All owners and managers of all workplaces will reduce to critical functions and will take every reasonable step required to prevent people who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 from entering the workplace, in accordance with advice issued by the chief medical officer of health or Worksafe New Brunswick. They will also take every reasonable step required to prevent people from entering workplaces who have travelled internationally in the previous 14 days.
  • All licences, registrations, certificates and permits issued by the Province of New Brunswick valid as of March 16, 2020, shall remain valid until May 31, 2020 unless suspended by a court or by other authority under an Act of the Province.
  • The right of landlords under section 19 of the Residential Tenancies Act to require tenants to vacate for non-payment of rent, and the authority of residential tenancies officers under section 22 of that act to evict tenants for the same reason, are suspended, until May 31, 2020.

The declaration is available online.

“This declaration provides us with the tools we need to ensure the safety of New Brunswickers. This is not a decision we took lightly,” said Higgs. “We are confident that these measures will result in New Brunswickers taking the necessary actions.”

No new presumptive cases of COVID-19 were reported in the province today. There are still 11 cases in New Brunswick: seven confirmed; and four presumptive.

“Although we have no new cases today, we know there will be more cases of COVID-19,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health.

3/19/2020 6:00 PMMar 19 2020, 5:34 PM3/19/2020 5:34 PM
  

On behalf of our District Education Council (DEC) Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, a decision has been made to POSTPONE the upcoming public DEC meeting from this Thursday (March 19th) to Wednesday, April 8th at the Carleton North High School.  This meeting will also include Public Meeting #3 Conclusion:  Policy 409 – Multi-Year School Infrastructure Planning for the Carleton North Area.

3/15/2020 9:00 PMMar 15 2020, 8:33 PM3/15/2020 8:33 PM
  

Please see the attachment below for information on the Community Use of Schools during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

ASD-W Community Use of Schools.pdfASD-W Community Use of Schools.pdf

3/14/2020 9:00 PMMar 14 2020, 8:49 PM3/14/2020 8:49 PM
  

COVID-19 Memo #4 School Closure

​Please view the attachment pertaining to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Memo -School Closure.pdfCOVID-19 Memo -School Closure.pdf

3/13/2020 8:00 PMMar 13 2020, 8:05 PM3/13/2020 7:58 PM
  

Health

Update on COVID-19

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following update on COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) was issued today by Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health:

The health and well-being of New Brunswickers is our top priority.

Public Health would support a government decision to close schools in New Brunswick for two weeks in response to COVID-19. While we recognize the significant impact such a decision would have on families, students, schools and the entire community, this measure would help keep our residents safe.

People may still be travelling and, as the spread of COVID-19 is continuing to escalate internationally, additional measures should be considered.

Such measures should not extend to operators, staff or youth within early learning and childcare facilities at this time. The current risk assessment indicates that the risk of children acquiring COVID-19 is very low and the risk of them having serious disease outcomes is even lower. Early learning and childcare facilities operating within schools should also remain open at this time.

Daycares should screen for the virus by asking parents if their child is unwell and if they have travelled in the last 14 days.

Early learning and childcare facilities operators and staff who have travelled outside the country are asked to monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days after they have returned to Canada.

Operators can access information online to guide them in implementing appropriate measures within their facilities.

Like our health-care workers, the role of early learning and child-care providers is a crucial one and I recognize their contribution to ensuring that essential services can continue to be provided to New Brunswick families.

3/13/2020 5:00 PMMar 13 2020, 4:53 PM3/13/2020 4:53 PM
  

​Please view the attachment for Frequently Asked Questions & Answers pertaining to the Coronavirus (Covid-19):

Coronavirus FAQ1.pdfCoronavirus FAQ1.pdf

3/11/2020 5:00 PMMar 11 2020, 4:16 PM3/11/2020 4:14 PM
  

COVID-19 Memo 2 from Minister of Education - March 9, 2020.pdfCOVID-19 Memo 2 from Minister of Education - March 9, 2020.pdf

This is direct a link to the Government of New Brunswick's Public Health website on the Coronavirus:
https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/biling/coronavirus.html​




 


 


 


 


 

3/9/2020 7:00 PMMar 10 2020, 10:04 PM3/9/2020 7:06 PM
  

​Oromocto High School has captured the title of School of the Year in a new provincial contest geared toward celebrating the achievements of New Brunswick women during International Women's Day on March 8.

Students of all ages were invited to submit either a video, a poster or a story about a woman who inspires them. Entries were received from all regions of the province. These entries will be featured in the International Women’s Day Magazine and International Women’s Day E-zine, which will be shared province wide. The top five submissions were featured at a March 6 event, they were as follows:

  • Sana Hashmat, Fredericton High School
  • Kenzie Auger, Woodstock High School
  • Gabby Byrne, Woodstock High School
  • Elianna Pitre and Shelby Henry, Superior Middle School, Bathurst
  • Vera Chen, Fredericton High School

Oromocto High School was awarded the School of the Year certificate for their demonstrated support of International Women’s Day 2020.

Cindy Kimove, English and sociology teacher at Oromocto High School, said roughly 80 of her students from three classes took part in the competition, the highest level of participation for a school in the province.

"Students wrote about women who were generous and selfless," said Kimove. "A lot of them chose their family members or a coach who had played a big role in their lives. The sociology students wrote a lot about New Brunswick women who had come to Canada as refugees and they overcame obstacles to be successful. Overall, it was an exercise that seemed to resonate most with students who had strong women in the lives to provide them with examples of compassion and resiliency."

Kimove assigned the project to encourage students to try out a wide variety of writing assignments. 

"They will need to have the skills to write a recommendation for others, or to advocate for themselves when it comes time to apply for post-secondary opportunities and scholarships, so it seemed like a good stepping stone for them," Kimove explained. "After beginning the assignment, it became clear to me that a lot of the students had never taken the time to reflect on the strength of the women in their lives. It opened the door for conversations to take place around what defines 'successful, inspiring, strong,' etc. I felt that writing for someone other than themselves provided the students with a chance to grow both as writers and as people."

Kimove said her students were surprised and excited to win the title of "School of the Year."

"I’m glad we won this award rather than one of our students being singled out, because it gave confidence to some of the students who aren’t the strongest writers, and showed them that their words and thoughts were valuable. It was therefore a team effort and we could all share in the success equally, regardless of academic ability.​"

Another announcement on International Women's​ Day was the establishment of the VIVE (Visionary, Inspirational, Vibrant, Empowering) Award by Service New Brunswick Minister Sherry Wilson, who is also minister responsible for Women's Equality. The deadline for award nominee submissions is Nov. 1, 2020. Winners will be honoured at the 2021 International Women's Day celebration.

“Women’s roles and contributions are often not part of the history books, yet they have many significant and inspiring stories that should be told; stories of courage, strength and perseverance,” said Wilson“The inspiring women in our lives may never appear in any history book, but we can create our own recorded history by highlighting these women through the VIVE Awards.”

Shown in the photo below is Oromocto High School teacher Cindy Kimove with the award won by her students for School of the Year in a recent International Women's Day contest. The winners were announced March 6 at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.







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​The Perth Andover Middle School Bears recently came home from Acadia University's 2020 Robotics competition with the first place Gracious Professionalism Award. 

The four-member team included Jacob Durepos, Miles Pacquette-O'Neil, Lachlan Moore and Kyelee Michaud.

The Bears competed against hundreds of middle school students from across the Maritimes in the First Lego League where teams worked together using robotics to create and innovate a solution for a challenge related to an issue in their communities. They also participated in robot game competitions which showcased their engineering, design and programming skills. 

"The students learned more about coding and the power of teamwork and cooperation," said teacher Michael Grant, team coach. "They learned how to give and take feedback from teammates as well as the judges and they had fun!"

Perth Andover Middle School was invited to get involved in the competition by Brilliant Labs, a not-for-profit, hands-on technology and experiential learning platform based in Atlantic Canada which works actively within ASD-W schools.

Grant said his students practiced​ at school for the competition and received extra coaching from Brilliant Labs coordinator Helene Bard. They entered the contest wearing their own bright red school t-shirts donated by Atlantic Potato Distributors in Perth-Andover. 

Overall, they experienced authentic learning - that is how their skills can be transferred to a real life setting. At the same time, they had the opportunity to visit a well known university and speak to students and professors involved in computer science at the post-secondary level.

Shown in the photo below are members of the Perth Andover Middle School Bears team (left to right) Coach Michael Grant, Jacob Durepos, Miles Pacquette-O'Neil, Lachlan Moore and Kyelee Michaud with Principal Claudine Dionne.

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​Concentration, memory skills, critical thinking and logic for playing the game of chess continue to produce medals for students in ASD-W schools.

Derrick Grant, Grades 6-12 numeracy coordinator for ASD-W, said six schools recently took part in a chess tournament held at Oromocto High School for students competing at the high school and middle school levels. Players competed in double elimination style playing up to six games to capture medals and become eligible to play in the provincial championships scheduled for April 18 in Edmundston. 

Ridgeview Middle School, Nashwaaksis Middle School, Gagetown School, Harold Peterson Middle School, Fredericton High School and Oromocto High School students attended this event. Medal winners were as follows: 

Grade 12: Gold, Leo Cui (FHS) and 2019 provincial champion.

Grade 11: Gold, Cynthia Cui (FHS) and 2019 provincial champion; Silver, Spencer Merryweather (FHS)

Grade 10: Gold, Aaron Meyer (OHS); Silver, Tom Wielemaker (FHS)

Grade 9: Gold, Max Yang (FHS); Silver, Tal Tepfer (FHS)

Grade 8 : Gold, Silas Moss (HP); Silver, Andrew Mabey (HP)

Grade 7: Gold, Jacob Connor (NMS); Silver, Gabe Strickland (RMS)

Grade 6: Gold, Peyton Tobin-Jardine (NMS); Silver, Carter Mulholland (RMS)

 ​Another tournament for middle school students also took place in Marysville with competitors entering from Bliss Carmen Middle School and George Street Middle School. Winners were as follows: 

Grade 8: Gold, Jacob Cheng (BCMS)  Silver, Grady Coy (BCMS)

Grade 7: Gold, Colin Partridge (BCMS) Silver, Leon Liu (GSMS)

Grade 6: Gold, Raktika Galwa (BCMS) Silver, Ben Craik (GSMS)

This students also move on to the provincial tournament in Edmundston.

Shown in the photos below are (1) medal winners from the six-school tournament held at Oromocto High School; (2) medal winners from the middle school tournament held in Marysville for students from Bliss Carman Middle School and George Street Middle School.

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​Over a truckload of goods and supplies was delivered to the Fredericton Homeless Shelter on Family Day, Feb. 17, thanks to the efforts of three Grade 4 students at Hartland Community​ School.

Brooklynn Whelan wanted to find a way to make a difference for homeless people trying to survive the cold winter months. With the support of her classmates, Marlee Girdwood and Vada Bradstreet, they spearheaded a school-wide campaign to collect donations for the homeless shelter.

"Together they formed a group, Hartland Helps Homeless, and they began speaking to others about it," said their teacher Deidre Cowperthwaite. "They sent out information sheets about their group, spoke to the elementary student body, and also our Grade 8 entrepreneurial students. As items started coming in, word got around the community about what was happening."

The generosity of their classmates and the community mounted up with donated clothing, blankets, books, toilet paper and other essentials filling the back of a truck and two cars for their delivery to Fredericton's homeless.

"It was a very rewarding experience for all involved," Cowperthwaite remarked.

Shown in the photo below are Brooklynn Whelan, Marlee Girdwood and Vada Bradstreet, Grade 4 students at Hartland Community School.

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Dhanishta Ambwani, a Grade 12 student at Leo Hayes High School, is one of two students in New Brunswick and one of 36 in Canada to be named among the 2020 class of Loran Scholars. ​

The Loran Award is Canada's largest and most comprehensive four-year undergraduate award and includes a  $100,000 scholarship.

The award is granted to young Canadians on the basis of character, community service, leadership potential, academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, integrity and a high level of personal autonomy.

In addition to the scholarship, the Loran program offers mentorship opportunities and connects award winners with other high-potential youth through scholar gatherings. Following their undergraduate studies, Loran Scholars are welcomed into an engaged alumni community.

Among her credentials, Ambwani founded and leads the Youth for Youth Art Collective in her community. The collective’s mission is to create and empower a community of youth artists. She also leads her school’s Model UN club and initiatives to provide free menstrual products and meals to those in need. She volunteers actively at the local hospital and was a student intern at NB Power. 

Founded in Toronto in 1988, the Loran Scholars Foundation is a national charitable organization awarding scholarships for students entering university in Canada. This year's Loran Scholars were selected from over 5,100 applications from across the country following a two-day interview process.

After graduation in June 2020, Ambwani will be attending a Canadian university to pursue post-secondary studies in a field of her choice.

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​Students at Sunbury West School in Fredericton Junction enjoyed their first ever I Read Canadian Day on February 19. The national event was launched for the first time this year to raise awareness about Canadian books among young readers and to celebrate the excellence of Canadian literature. Students across the district and country took part.

At Sunbury West School, retired teacher Jill Lowerison-Brown was invited to be a mystery reader for the day, reading from a book written by a Canadian author to students using the school's PA system. 

"All classes from kindergarten to Grade 8 listened to the story," said Principal Heather Lyons. "Then the students got together in their pods (multi-age groups) to do buddy reading. Each class was also treated to a new storybook written by a Canadian author."

Lyons said the mystery reader idea was suggested by a staff teacher as a fun way to bring students together and get them thinking about Canadian authors. 

"Initially, we thought about just doing buddy reading," Lyons explained. "We try to find ways to do things school-wide. Instead of just buying the same book for every class, we thought this (mystery reader) would be a fun way to do it. Many of our older students would have known her (Lowerison-Brown) as a teacher and recognized her voice as she read the story."

The inaugural I Read Canadian Day celebrated for the first time on February 19 is dedicated to 'reading Canadian' and from year to year is expected to empower families, schools, libraries and organizations to host local activities by reading Canadian books.

Shown in the photos below are Sunbury West School students enjoying their first ever I Read Canadian Day on Feb. 19.

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