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Dear Anglophone West School District Families,

Please note this important change to our ASD-W school calendar:

  • Grades K-8: The Professional Learning Day originally scheduled for February 1, 2021 has been rescheduled to Friday, October 30, 2020. Class for Grades K-8 will now be held on February 1, 2021.
  • Grades 9-12: The Professional Learning Day originally scheduled for March 19, 2021 has been rescheduled for Friday, October 30, 2020. Class for Grades 9-12 will now be held on March 19, 2021.
  • Please note: there will be no class for students in K-12 on October 30, 2020.

ASD-W has re-scheduled these two spring Professional Learning Days to this October in order to provide additional support to our educators in the areas of technology and learning from home.  Our teachers are working hard to ensure they, and their students, are ready to pivot to learning from home in the event of a class or school closure.  As some communities in other parts of the province have faced school closures due to the increased number of COVID-19 positive cases, ASD-W is committed to being prepared and to providing quality education in the classroom and virtually.

Please note...at this time, there are no ASD-W schools/communities that fall within zones that are in the Orange Phase.  We remain in the Yellow Phase, although there are enhanced mask practices in place for those who have traveled to areas of the province that are currently in the Orange Phase.

To see our revised full school-year calendar, please click on this link: Revised Calendar.pdf.


Sincerely,

David McTimoney

Superintendent

10/15/2020 10:00 PMOct 15 2020, 9:17 PM10/15/2020 9:15 PM
  
 

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“It is not lost upon me that my ancestors came to this land and changed a way of life for Indigenous peoples who had been here long before our arrival. I hope we can all recognize the importance of Indigenous heritage and culture. Today is a day of recognition and reflection.”​

9/30/2020 10:00 AMSep 30 2020, 9:30 AM9/30/2020 9:24 AM
  

This was sent from EECD to all high school student families regarding the purchase of laptops:

Dear Parent or Guardian:

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development recently announced a new Bring Your Own Device program for students in grades 9 to 12, beginning in September 2020. A laptop or tablet will now be a required tool to support learning in these grades. This program will help avoid interruptions in learning that may result from COVID-19 and allows more personalized learning opportunities to help better prepare students for post-secondary education and the workplace.

We understand that purchasing a new device may be a financial pressure for families. In response, the department has launched a financial assistance program for low to middle income families. Commencing July 31, you will be able to apply online https://www.nbed.nb.ca/DeviceSubsidy/ for a subsidy under the new Laptop Subsidy Program. Eligibility criteria and processes for application are described below.  

 

The following is the eligibility criteria and potential assistance to support the purchase of new devices:

 

Eligibility Criteria and subsidy

 

Number of children enrolled in grades 9 to 12

Household income*

1

2

3

4

below $40,000

$600

$1,200

$1,800

$2,400

between $40,000 and $55,000

$400

$1,000

$1,600

$2,200

between $55,0000 and $70,000

$200

$600

$1,200

$1,800

between $70,000 and $85,000

0

$200

$600

$1,200

 

*Household income is equivalent to line 150 of your 2019 CRA Notice of Assessment.  Alternatively, you may provide pay stubs for the past 4 consecutive periods (e.g. weekly, bi-weekly, semimonthly, monthly, etc.) to demonstrate proof of income and for determining eligibility.

 

ELIGIBILITY

TIME OF PURCHASE

SUBSIDY

DEVICE

Eligible
for subsidy

Purchased a device before March 16, 2020

No subsidy will be provided

- Any laptop or tablets that meet the recommended minimum specification;
(refer to device specifications)
- Smart phones are not recommended.

Purchased a device between
March 16, 2020, and July 22, 2020

- Submit household income through the Parent Portal;
- Submit a copy of the detailed receipt of purchase through the Parent Portal to obtain a refund;
Note: Application for a refund will be assessed in September 2020.

- Any new laptop or tablet will be eligible for subsidy;
- Smart phones are not recommended and not eligible for subsidy.

Purchased a device after July 22, 2020

OPTION 1
- Submit household income through the Parent Portal;
- Submit a copy of the detailed receipt of purchase through the Parent Portal to obtain a refund;
Note: Application for a refund will be assessed in September 2020.

- Devices must meet minimum recommended specifications required for subsidy. 
(refer to device specifications)

OPTION 2
- Submit household income through Parent Portal to receive a subsidy code;
Note: Allow a few days for processing;
- Order laptop through IMP (online) with the subsidy code. The code will reduce your cost of purchase by the approved subsidy amount.

- Device provided by IMP meets minimum recommended specifications required for subsidy
(refer to device specifications)

Not eligible for subsidy

Purchased a device before March 16, 2020

No subsidy will be provided

- Any laptop or tablet that meets the recommended minimum specification;
(refer to device specifications)
- Smart phones are not recommended.

Purchased a device after July 22, 2020


No subsidy will be provided

You have the option to purchase a laptop through IMP (online) with the unique code provided below. The cost to purchase will be under $600 (tax included).

- Device provided by IMP meets minimum recommended specifications required
(refer to device specifications)

 

Minimum recommended specifications for devices can be found here.

Parents are asked to ensure the device meets the minimum recommended specifications as described. This is to ensure students best experience with the online learning platforms that will be used to support education, in and out of the classroom. These platforms, which are provided by the department, include: Microsoft Teams, Desire 2 Learn/Clic.  The specifications are higher for new devices as these are intended to ensure the device will last through high school.  Students will continue to benefit from free access to Office 365 on their device.

 

How to Apply for Assistance if eligible

1.        Before applying, you will require the following information:

a.        Electronic copies of your 2019 Notice of Assessments and/or your last 4 consecutive pay stubs must be attached to your application. Documents could be scanned, copied, or a photo of the document may be attached.

b.        The New Brunswick Education Number (NBEN) of each child in grades 9–12

c.         Detailed invoices for purchases made after March 16, 2020

 

2.        To apply, please go to https://www.nbed.nb.ca/DeviceSubsidy/  

a.        NOTE – The application is a one-time use only form, so please ensure you are applying for assistance of all children in grades 9–12 at the same time.

b.        You will need to create a Parent Portal Account (if you have not done so already).

 

3.        Once you have submitted the application, your information will be validated.  Once validated, eligible applicants will receive a code via email enabling them to obtain a credit not exceeding the cost of the new device(s).  The email will provide details to assist in completing the purchase of a laptop through IMP Solutions.

 

What if I am ineligible and need a device?

If you are ineligible to receive a subsidy based on the above table but would like to take advantage of a discounted price, you may still purchase your computer through IMP Solutions.  You may access their site at https://eecdsd-edpeae.impsolutions.com.  You will need to provide your unique code in order to obtain the discounted price.  Please note that this site will not be operational until August 17, 2020.

For enquiries on the program, you may contact us at 1 833 901-1963 or by email at

EECDRTS-EDPERAE@gnb.ca

 

 

 

Original signed by

George Daley

Deputy Minister

Education and Early Childhood Development

 ​

8/5/2020 4:00 PMSep 11 2020, 12:06 PM8/5/2020 3:08 PM
  

​Woodstock Education Centre Schools

9/3/2020 3:00 PMSep 03 2020, 2:35 PM9/3/2020 2:35 PM
  

​Oromocto Education Centre Schools

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​Fredericton Education Centre Schools

9/3/2020 3:00 PMSep 03 2020, 2:32 PM9/3/2020 2:32 PM
  
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8/31/2020 3:00 PMAug 31 2020, 2:56 PM8/31/2020 2:56 PM
  
8/31/2020 3:00 PMAug 31 2020, 2:55 PM8/31/2020 2:55 PM
  

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.
(Updated August 18, 2020)

6/29/2020 2:00 PMAug 18 2020, 7:18 PM6/29/2020 1:47 PM
  

​International newcomers may use the following link to register a student for the 2020-2021 school year: http://web1.nbed.nb.ca/sites/ASD-W/newcomers/Pages/default.aspx​.  All other registrations must be done by contacting your local school (via email or phone) the week of August 24th.​

8/5/2020 1:00 PMAug 11 2020, 4:42 PM8/5/2020 12:27 PM
  
This was sent from the Minister to all student families with a request to consider assuming transportation to and from school as a family instead of taking the bus:

Message to Parents and Guardians,

To reduce the number of children using student transportation, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the school districts are asking for your help. Starting in September, to reduce the risk of COVID-19, there will be fewer seats available on each bus.

We are asking parents and guardians, if possible, to provide their own transportation by dropping off and picking up their child from school, whenever possible.

Can you help? If you can, please go to the following link https://www.nbed.nb.ca/parentportal/en/Transportation/Option/ and complete the form before 5 p.m. on Friday, August 7th. You will need your child's name and date of birth, student number (provided above) and the contact email that you normally use to communicate with your child's school.

We are asking every family to identify what transportation they will not require from the school district:

·  My child does not require morning school bus pick-up;

·  My child does not require afternoon school bus drop-off; or

·  My child does not require use of a school bus.

This will apply for the whole 2020-21 school year.

It's important to emphasize that school districts will provide transportation to eligible students.

If your ability to transport your child changes, let your school district know as soon as possible. In an emergency, transportation will be provided to students who need it.

If you have any questions, please call 1-833-901-1963 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday or send an email at EECDRTS-EDPERAE@gnb.ca

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we live through the COVID-19 pandemic. Your help in providing safe transportation for your child is greatly appreciated.

 

Sincerely,

Original signed by the Honourable Dominic Cardy, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Dominic Cardy
Minister

 

 

8/5/2020 4:00 PMAug 05 2020, 3:16 PM8/5/2020 3:16 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.

 ​

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

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