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April 07
Letter to Parents

COVID-19 Continuation of Learning Update

 Attention: HCS families and students

 With Thursday’s announcement that New Brunswick schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year, unless the situation changes drastically, the staff at HCS has been working and meeting virtually to determine how we move forward with providing learning opportunities for our students.

 We recognize that each of our students/families are working to meet their needs and each home situation is unique.  Some families have had parents laid off, some parents are required to work from home, and a variety of other circumstances may impact a child’s ability to complete schoolwork. We want each of our families to first and foremost be concerned with your individual needs and the physical and emotional wellbeing of your family members. If there is anything you may need to assist your family, please reach out to me and our staff will do our best to support you.

 The Minister of Education and ASD-W have been clear on the guidelines for any learning opportunities schools are to provide. We will be honoring the timelines that are required with all learning opportunities that our teachers provide:

K-2 – 1 hour per day, focused on Literacy and Numeracy, as well parents are encouraged to have their children read for 30 minutes and get 30 minutes of physical activity daily.

3-5 – 1 hour per day, focused on Literacy, Numeracy & Science, as well parents are encouraged to have their children read for 30 minutes and get 30 minutes of physical activity daily.

6- 8 – 2 hours per day, focused on Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Social Studies, as well parents are encouraged to have their children read for 30 minutes and get 30 minutes of physical activity daily.

9-12 – 2.5 hours per day of learning materials based on the course they were previously enrolled in, focusing on Literacy, Numeracy, Science and History course. As well parents are encouraged to have their children read for 30 minutes and get 30 minutes of physical activity daily. 

HCS teachers will be providing weekly learning opportunities that adhere to the guidelines through emails. The learning opportunities will also be posted on our school website: http://web1.nbed.nb.ca/sites/ASD-W/hcs/Pages/default.aspx   As well, teachers will be available to answer emails Monday-Friday, from 8:00 – 4:00. If you are unable to email, you may arrange a weekly phone call with a teacher if needed. The expectation is not to recreate the classroom environment in your home, but to provide you with access to learning materials, to use with your child, if you wish to utilize them. At this time, due to the State of Emergency, all forms of communication will be electronic and paper copies will not be provided.  This decision was made to ensure Public Safety and is the directive we have been given by our Superintendent, David McTimoney.  This may change once the State of Emergency is lifted. Students may submit materials for feedback, but marks will not be assigned. The submission of work is not required and this will be determined by each grade level and specific subjects. The rationale for this is to ensure students do not feel the added pressure of receiving marks.  All feedback will be formative to promote individual student academic growth. 

 All students that were passing their classes as of the end of January will be promoted to the next grade level regardless of the work completed during the next 3 months. Any student that was not passing their classes will be provided the opportunity to complete the core requirements of the course to a passing level, and then they will be promoted. K-8 students will receive credit for all classes they were enrolled in prior to the closing of school. For students in grades 9-12, report cards will show that they were enrolled in their courses and they will not need to repeat any of these courses. Students can choose to either have their transcript show enrolled, and this will not disadvantage them for postsecondary, or they can choose to earn the credit by completing the necessary core requirements of the course, as determined by their teacher. If a student decides to earn the credit, they will receive a "credit earned", but not a numerical grade. The expectation is that not all the instructional outcomes will be required, only the essential ones for the course, as determined by individual teachers.

 This is a challenging, and never seen before time, for students, families, and teachers.  Education has never operated in this fashion and we appreciate your patience as teachers are learning how to navigate in these unprecedented times too. Our HCS staff will strive to provide pertinent learning opportunities for all our students. Please continue to be respectful and understanding in the weeks ahead. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask us.  We will be glad to provide clarification. While we are one school, there will be differences between levels, between grades, and between teachers, and that is okay. Students, families, and teachers will continue to learn together in the coming weeks. We can make this a positive experience if we all work to support and encourage each other.  

 Due to the State of Emergency, all schools are to remain closed to the public and students are not able to access their personal belongings at this time. Once the State of Emergency has been lifted, a plan will be devised for students to retrieve their belongings from the school. If there are medical items at the school that you need, please email me or call the school and leave a detailed message. Arrangements may be made if required.

 Graduation activities have not been cancelled at this time and a decision will be made at a later date. It is my belief/hope that we will be doing something for our graduates.  It may be later in the summer and will depend on what we are allowed to do based on Public Safety guidelines.

 Please be safe and respect all that is being asked of us by the NB government. COVID-19 is serious and needs to be treated as such. As well, work to spread happiness and positivity within our community, using social media for good and not negativity. Together we will get through this and we will be stronger for it.

 Yours Truly,

Andy Clark

HCS Principal  

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