PRSD studies plan to relaunch in September

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Peace River School Division is drafting a plan to start the 2020-21 school year in September with restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.

The plan is being created based on the three re-entry scenarios outlined by the Alberta Government and results of a survey from students, parents and staff in June, says a new release on the PRSD website.

Options include in-school classes with near-normal operations with health measures, in-school classes partially resume with additional health measures or at-home online learning continues.

“If it is safe to do so, it is our hope to return to near-normal operations,” says chair Darren Kuester.

“However, the final decision will be made by the Alberta government.

The Division is preparing for all three scenarios.

PRSD will provide more information in August after the Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announces which re-entry scenario schools will follow.

The plan will be posted on the school division website at www.prsd.ab.ca and shared on social media.

Survey results show a majority of students and parents who responded want classes back in schools when students go back to school.

A total of 662 students and 1,013 parents completed the online survey. Almost one half [49.2 per cent] of parents stated they are not at all comfortable with online learning in the future.

Results also show 37.9 per cent of parents are somewhat comfortable and 12.9 per cent are very comfortable.

On returning to classes in person, 57.4 per cent of students agree they would be very comfortable, 34 percent are somewhat comfortable and 8.6 percent are not at all comfortable.

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