ALERT: Instruction moves to distance and online learning. School phone lines and emails remain open for communication with families.
On March 17, the Alberta Government declared a state of emergency under the Public Health Act. The decision came two days after the provincial government cancelled all classes indefinitely across Alberta. This means:
We know this decision has a significant impact on families, students and the larger community, but there’s nothing more important than the health and safety and well-being of our students, families and staff. We’re asking for your co-operation and understanding as we navigate this uncharted situation, together.
All playgrounds on Edmonton Public Schools property are closed to the public indefinitely, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. We ask families to stay off playgrounds, because play structures are not cleaned or sanitized. This comes after the City of Edmonton announced playground closures on March 24.
Our Division is implementing a work-from-home protocol. Some critical staff remain in our facilities. This decision aligns with new public health measures that include restrictions on gatherings of more than 50 people.
Staff who are sick, including those with mild cold symptoms, are expected to stay home and follow all guidance from Alberta Health Services.
Families can expect to receive refunds for some school fees for the 2019-20 school year. We are refunding fees such as lunch supervision, transportation and field trip fees that would have applied from March 16 until the end of the school year. Schools are working with our Division's Financial Services department to calculate refunds and ensure families are getting what they are owed. We began issuing refunds on May 4, but due to the complexity of certain fee types, it will still take some time for all the refunds to be calculated and paid out. We anticipate the majority of refunds will be calculated and issued by the end of May. We know this is a stressful time and we appreciate your continued patience.
SchoolZone is an important way to stay connected with your school. If you do not have your login information, or login information for your child, please call their school to ask for usernames and passwords.
SchoolMessenger may also be used to keep families informed of important school updates as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.
Our Division takes guidance from Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services and the Public Health Agency of Canada. All families are encouraged to stay updated on the latest COVID-19 information. Here are credible sources on the coronavirus situation in Alberta: