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Hello Anglophone West School District Families,

As of midnight, tonight (Thursday, November 26), Health Zone 3 (Fredericton Region) will move to the Orange Alert Recovery Level.


I understand the stress and anxiety that this may cause and would like to assure you that we continue to work closely with Public Health and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to do our best in ensuring the safety, health, and well-being of our students and staff.


The Orange alert phase means staff and students will be required to follow enhanced safety measures, which include increased mask use at all grade levels and limits certain activities. Extra-curricular music activities, such as choir and band are not permitted. Sports activities are limited to practices within a single team. Full details of these directives are outlined in the Orange Level Directives for Early Learning and Childcare Facilities and Schools. This document is found by clicking on this link:


ChangesInDirectives.pdf (gnb.ca)​

 

Please take the time to review this document in full.


We have some ASD-W students and staff who live and work in Health Zone 4, which is currently in the Yellow Recovery level (there may be a rare occasion of a staff member living in Health Zone 5 or 7, also in the Yellow). Anyone in these zones who travel to Zone 3 (Fredericton Region), must self-monitor and follow enhanced mask protocols while at school. They must also follow the parameters outlined in the Orange Level Directives document, referred to above. Health Zone 3 includes 67 of our 69 schools (does not include John Caldwell School in Grand Falls and St. Mary's Academy in Edmundston).


At this time, please also refer to the "Return to School – Direction for School Districts and Schools" document, which sets provincial expectations and standards for the safe operation of our schools during the pandemic. It can be found at this link:

ReturnSchool_Districts.pdf (gnb.ca)

 

Health Zones and Recovery Levels, please refer to the following website:

NB’s Recovery plan (gnb.ca)

 

As a final note, I encourage all ASD-W families to be diligent with wearing masks, hand-washing, and social distancing. It is through these small actions that we can make a huge impact on keeping our community safe.

I will write to you again early next week.

Sincerely,

David McTimoney, Superintendent​​

Last Printed: 11/26/2020 7:00 PM
Posted: Nov 26 2020, 7:30 PM
  
Last Printed: 11/23/2020 4:00 PM
Posted: Nov 23 2020, 3:48 PM
  

​The following is a message sent out to Montgomery Street Elementary School and Centreville Community School by Superintendent David McTimoney:

November 22, 2020

Re:  CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19 IN OUR SCHOOL

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This is to inform you that a positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in our school.

We are working with Public Health officials to identify any students and school personnel who may have been in contact with the virus. To protect the privacy of students and school personnel, details, including names of those affected, will not be released.

At this time, we ask you to model calmness, kindness and respect, in order to keep anxieties down. Children and young people look to adults in their lives to guide them on how to react to worrying and stressful events.

Public Health officials will contact you if your child has been in close contact with the confirmed case and will tell you if your child needs to self-isolate. If you are not contacted by Public Health officials, your child can continue to attend school and is welcome to return on Monday, November 23. If you have been contacted by Public Health, please follow their instructions carefully.  

If your child is showing any symptoms of COVID-19, you should:

  1. Register them online for a test by clicking "Get Started" on the GNB Corona Virus website (www.gnb.ca/coronavirus) or,
  2. Call Tele-Care 811 or,
  3. Contact your primary care provider.

To reach the Fredericton and Upper River Valley Public Health general inquiry line, please call (506) 325-4621 or 453-3071.

We will continue to communicate updates to you through School Messenger and our website.

Thank you for helping keep our school, community, and province safe.

Sincerely,

David McTimoney

Superintendent 

Last Printed: 11/23/2020 3:00 PM
Posted: Nov 23 2020, 2:58 PM
  

Hello Anglophone West School District Families,

As of midnight, on Friday, November 20, 2020, Health Zone 2 (Saint John and Area) has changed to the Orange Alert Level in the NB Recovery Plan.  You may recall that I reached out to you on Friday November 20, to share the news that Health Zone 1 (Moncton and South-East NB) moved to the Orange Alert Level.

Although none of the 69 schools within our district fall into Health Zones 1 or 2, we do have some students and staff who live and work in communities within Health Zone 2. It is important that those who live in this zone follow the parameters outlined in the Orange Level Directives for Early Learning and Childcare Facilities and Schools.  This document can be found at this link:

ORANGE LEVEL FINAL.pdf 


The following is a list of communities and schools, within ASD-W, impacted by the Orange Alert Level:

  • Big Cove (Queens’s County), Cody’s, Coles Island, Caanan Forks, Highfield, Hunters Home, Long Creek, Picketts Cove, Salmon Creek and South Canaan are communities associated with Cambridge-Narrows Community School, Chipman Forest Avenue School or Chipman Elementary School.
  • Central Hampstead, Elm Hill, Pleasant Villa and Queenstown are communities associated with Gagetown School and Oromocto High School.
  • South Oromocto Lake and Wirral are communities associated with Sunbury West School and Oromocto High School.

Students from any of the above communities may attend other schools for French Immersion or as Out-of-Zone transfers.


Staff and students who live or travel (or have traveled) to a zone that is in the Orange Alert Phase must self-monitor and follow enhanced mask protocols for 14 days from their last visit to that zone. They must also follow directives in accordance with the Mandatory Order as if they were in the Orange Alert Phase.


For more information on the provincial response to COVID-19 please visit the following website:


https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/corporate/promo/covid-19/recovery.html


Please also refer to the "Return to School – Direction for School Districts and Schools" document, which sets provincial expectations and standards for the safe operation of our schools during the pandemic. It can be found at this link:

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/education.html

As a final note, I encourage all ASD-W families to be diligent with wearing masks, hand-washing, and social distancing. It is through these small actions that we can make a huge impact on keeping our community safe.

Thank you,

David McTimoney, Superintendent​

Last Printed: 11/22/2020 7:00 PM
Posted: Nov 22 2020, 6:16 PM
  

Hello ASD-W Families,

Please be advised that the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) has updated the "Return to School – Direction for School Districts and Schools" document.  You can see it at this link:

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/education.html

The following changes have been made to the document:  

  • Grades 9 to 12 Section, Page 6 – bullet has been added to reinforce the Education Act prohibiting hiring students during school hours. 
  • Appendix E – Music Education Directives - the appendix has been updated to include new directives for Extra-Curricular Music and Drama Activities. 

Further to this and as of midnight on Thursday, November 19,  Zone 1 (Moncton and South-East NB) has changed to the Orange Recovery Phase.  This impacts schools and early learning centres (ELC) primarily in the Anglophone East School District and a few schools/ELCs in the Anglophone North School District.

Currently, the schools in ASD-W are in the Yellow Recovery Phase. 

Should staff or students travel to a zone that is in the Orange Recovery Phase, they must self monitor and wear a mask for 14 days and follow directives in accordance with the Mandatory Order as if they were in the Orange Phase.  Here is a copy of the statement that describes the expectations:

ORANGE LEVEL FINAL.pdf 

Finally, please remember that people should be kind to one another, particularly those who are impacted by the Orange phase in Zone 1.

Thank you again for all your support.

David McTimoney, Superintendent​

Last Printed: 11/20/2020 4:00 PM
Posted: Nov 20 2020, 3:45 PM
  

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Last Printed: 11/18/2020 12:00 PM
Posted: Nov 18 2020, 12:07 PM
  

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

Last Printed: 10/15/2020 10:00 PM
Posted: Oct 15 2020, 9:17 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.”​

Last Printed: 9/30/2020 10:00 AM
Posted: Sep 30 2020, 9:30 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

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