April 9 Update

Good afternoon Connect parents;

We are now at the end of our first somewhat shortened week of Connected e-Learning and I want to thank all of you for your patience, understanding, and encouragement of our teachers, support staff, and students as we embark on this unexpected journey. Please see the points below…there will be a further update for the coming week on Sunday afternoon. 

Questions for School Leadership

We welcome your questions, concerns, accolades, and feedback on Connected e-Learning and what further challenges you may be experiencing or information you require to better understand our new teaching and learning environment. Please complete the google form at connectcharter.ca/contact-leadership/

Parent Information Sessions

Our first series of Connect e-Learning parent sessions will begin Monday April 13th, using the Zoom platform. Please see connectcharter.ca/elearning-parent-sessions/ for the complete schedule and information required to join the session.

Physical Distancing 

I received a response to yesterday’s update that is deserving of a community response. I was reminded by a parent of the importance of physical activity and that being outside is an important component of well being and needs to be encouraged within the guidelines established by AHS. I couldn’t agree more and I am a strong proponent of getting outside at every opportunity. I apologize if the message implied not venturing outdoors. Following is an excerpt from AHS at www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16997.aspx#social with guidelines for physical distancing. With warming weather, many Calgarians will be out on our city streets and pathways and it is crucial to remember these guidelines for physical distancing and limiting contact to your household members.  

All Albertans are asked to practice physical distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Physical distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with. It can help you reduce your risk of getting sick, and help prevent spreading the virus to others.

This is not the same as self-isolation. You do not need to remain indoors, but you do need to avoid being in close contact with people.

To protect yourself and others:

  • Keep at least 6 feet (the length of a bicycle) from others when going out for groceries, medical trips and other essential needs
  • Limit the number of times you leave your home for errands
  • Try to shop at less busy times
  • Order online to have groceries or other items delivered if possible
  • Go for a walk in your own neighborhood or park while maintaining distance from others
  • Avoid overcrowding in elevators or other enclosed spaces
  • Follow Alberta’s recommendations on mass gatherings
  • Wash or sanitize your hands after touching communal surfaces

…and here are helpful links from the City of Calgary on safely venturing outside during the pandemic:

At Home Activities: www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Pages/At-Home-Activities/At-home-activities.aspx

Community Walks: www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Pages/At-Home-Activities/active/Community-walks.aspx

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt: www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Pages/At-Home-Activities/active/Scavenger-hunt.aspx

Phil Butterfield