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Please click on the link above for information on school opening and registration for all students new to ASD-W.

Last Printed: 6/29/2020 2:00 PM
Posted: Jun 29 2020, 1:47 PM
  

Superintendent David McTimoney has issued an online message of congratulations to the graduating class of 2020, stressing the importance of resiliency in overcoming life's challenges. Visit the link below to watch the video of this inspiring message for this year's graduates.

https://youtu.be/1uoHPtTOrhI​

Last Printed: 6/15/2020 9:00 AM
Posted: Jun 15 2020, 9:11 AM
  

Hello ASD-W Families,

June 12 is the last "official" day of school for our 23,000 ASD-W students and we are grateful for the support you provided as children of all ages made efforts to continue with their learning in new circumstances.  It was a learning experience for all of us.

 The Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD)has released the "Return to School" plan for September, 2020.  The plan outlines the provincial expectations and standards for the safe operation of public schools during the COVID-19 pandemic and as we return after summer vacation.  This two-page document can be viewed here or on our website:  ReturnSchool_ExecutiveSummary_EN.pdf 

Finally, please watch for a final call or connection from your child's teacher or school staff member (Grades K-11).  It is our wish and the wish of EECD to get a comprehensive understanding of technology and other needs to help plan for next school year.  Due to our desire to reach out to the homes of every student, you will likely be contacted more than once based on the number of children you have in our system.  We appreciate your support in this valuable exercise.

David McTimoney, Superintendent​

Last Printed: 6/15/2020 9:00 AM
Posted: Jun 15 2020, 9:02 AM
  

Plan released for return to schools in September 2020

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development released today parameters for the public-school system for the 2020-21 school year.

“Ensuring we have a plan in place that support the safety of staff and quality student learning in a healthy and safe environment for the long term is a critical part of moving forward through the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “We remain committed to working with school districts and Public Health to meet the needs of students and staff, while positioning learners for success. However, families, learners and educators must understand the school and classroom environment will be quite different from the one they left in March 2020.”

The Return to School: September 2020 plan outlines the operational requirements schools and school districts must meet while developing their COVID-19 operational plans. It works in conjunction with the Public Health guidance to the department and may be changed based upon the evolution of the pandemic.

Students in kindergarten to Grade 8 will attend school full time and students in Grades 9 to 12 will be taught using blended learning methods, which supplement instruction in classrooms with distance instruction. This may include, online course work, guided projects, experiential learning or co-op placements.

Some classrooms may have smaller groupings, depending upon the grade level. K-8 students will stay within their class grouping throughout the day. Transition times, such as arrival, breaks and lunches, will be staggered.

Physical distancing is required for students in Grades 9 to 12 and will be observed to the greatest extent possible.

“Teachers will identify gaps in learning from the 2019-20 school year and use a targeted approach, ensuring students meet the core curricular outcomes,” said Cardy. “While we are pausing the co-ordinated rollout of green paper initiatives for one year, we encourage schools to use concepts outlined in the Succeeding at Home document, such as mixed groupings, to meet student needs within the operational requirements for the 2020-21 school year.”

Public access to school buildings will be limited to students, school staff and those who receive permission, in advance, from the principal. Students, staff and visitors will be subject to a screening process. Students, and their families, and staff must monitor themselves for symptoms outlined by Public Health and stay home if they feel unwell.

Some schools may change their drop-off and pick-up schedules.

“The pandemic situation is constantly evolving, and this plan will allow the education system to be responsive to the needs of educators and students throughout the 2020-21 school year,” said Cardy.

The department will continue to work with educators, schools, and school districts in the coming months. More information on facilities, scheduling and transportation will be communicated directly to families through the school districts this summer as schools develop their individual plans.

Parents may also call the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development at 1-844-288-3888.

 

Last Printed: 6/12/2020 12:00 PM
Posted: Jun 12 2020, 11:44 AM
  

Changes proposed to increase child safety at licensed early learning and child-care facilities

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Amendments have been proposed to the Early Childhood Services Act to increase the safety of children receiving services at licensed early learning and child-care facilities.

The amendments focus on clarifying licensing requirements, including regarding the suitability of employees and the requirement for criminal record checks for all staff who have contact with children; protecting children by giving the minister explicit authority to immediately revoke a facility’s licence in order to protect the health and safety of children; and ensuring operational safeguards for relicensing so families are not left without services due to process delays.

“Ensuring our children can receive services in a healthy, safe and inclusive environment is not optional, it is an absolute necessity,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “The amendments proposed are designed to address issues and challenges that have been identified since the act was first proclaimed and make it possible to provide the highest quality services to New Brunswick families.”

The Early Childhood Services Act was proclaimed in February 2018.

“The proposed amendments were designed the way amendments should be designed: based on operational experience and best practice,” said Cardy. “Taking steps to address gaps in the existing legislation will better enable the act to live up to its purpose and goals.”

The bill also includes amendments that give the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development authority to exchange information in the development of an online registry to help connect parents looking for child care with operators who have space, as well as amendments ensuring all facilities provide children and families with an inclusive environment.

 

Last Printed: 6/10/2020 10:00 AM
Posted: Jun 10 2020, 9:46 AM
  

The New Brunswick Association for Community Living (NBACL), in partnership with the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL), named 13 recipients of this year’s National Inclusive Education Awards on May 28. Introduced by CACL, the awards recognize individuals, groups, or facilities that have endeavo​ured to include all learners in education, school life, and the community.

Among this year's recipients are a group of educational assistants from Keswick Valley Memorial School in Burtts Corner and Robin Buchanan, a physical education teacher at Oromocto High School. 

The educational assistants winning the national award from Keswick Valley are Dorothy Lagacy, Shawnette Lagacy, Songia Burtt, Tara Cleghorn, Kathryn Hoggarth, Stacey Harris, Brenda Landry and Deborah Ascah.

These staff members worked to ensure all students are included in daily activities and after-school events such as dances and family fun nights. They look for ways to support students to participate in all activities, and have brought in extra materials and equipment as needed.

Buchanan was described as a leader and innovator in inclusion at Oromocto High School by making the gym space into a welcoming safe space for students of all abilities. Students have been given the skills and knowledge to use the gym safely and appropriately, and the physcial education teacher also made some instructional videos with ParaNewBrunswick for sledge hockey and wheelchair basketball. He has also led the introduction of a unified basketball team for students with and without a disability.​​

“A truly inclusive classroom, school or community benefits students of all abilities,” said Suzanne Desrosiers, President of NBACL. “All learners benefit from being among their peers, and being among a varied group of students can help children and youth develop into more empathetic, caring adults.”

In previous years, the award ceremony has been hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick at Government House in Fredericton. However, this year’s ceremony has been cancelled due to COVID-19, with alternate plans to honour the award recipients to be confirmed in the fall.

“We dream of the day when inclusion is viewed as ordinary, rather than revolutionary,” said Robin Acton, President of CACL. “Those being honoured today, and in previous years, are proof that we are moving closer towards that dream every day.”​




Last Printed: 5/28/2020 5:00 PM
Posted: May 29 2020, 11:05 AM
  

Education and Early Childhood Development

Guidelines for graduation ceremonies

26 May 2020

 

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has provided guidelines for graduation ceremonies to the anglophone and francophone school districts.

“Graduation from high school is an important milestone in the lives of young New Brunswickers and it deserves to be celebrated,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “While the pandemic prevents students from participating in many traditions and activities, the graduation guidelines will help districts plan alternative celebrations and ensure our grads receive the recognition they deserve for their accomplishments.”

The guidelines outline parameters for physical distancing and provide schools with suggested, but not mandatory, options for ceremonies. They were developed in collaboration with the seven school districts, based on advice from Public Health.

“I encourage schools to be creative in their planning and look at this as an opportunity to try new ways of celebrating,” said Cardy.

Schools will be responsible for developing their individual graduation ceremony plans and submitting them to their respective districts for approval. Ceremonies are anticipated to take place between June 15 and 19. The final day for home learning options will be June 12.

“I congratulate the graduating class of 2020 for their hard work over the course of their academic career, but also for their resiliency and compassion throughout this pandemic,” said Cardy. “I hope they continue to grow and pursue learning throughout their lives as they lead us into the future.”​

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Last Printed: 5/26/2020 11:00 AM
Posted: May 26 2020, 10:20 AM
  

​The letter enclosed below serves as notice that the District Education Council (DEC) has completed the sustainability study on Bath Community School, Florenceville Elementary School, Florenceville Middle School and Bristol Elementary School. The DEC voted in favour of making a recommendation to the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development that a new K-8 school be built in the Carleton North catchment area that would serve all K-8 students from these four schools. Any approval of construction such as this would come from the Government of New Brunswick. This major capital construction recommendation has been listed among the district priorities for government to consider. 

Until further notice, the school settings of all four schools will remain as they are.

Bath, Fl-Br - Parent Letter - Final Recommendation - May 25 2020.pdfBath, F​l-Br - Parent Letter - Final Recommendation - May 25 2020.pdf

Last Printed: 5/26/2020 9:00 AM
Posted: May 26 2020, 9:03 AM
  

Education and Early Childhood Development

Schools to reopen for teachers and staff but will remain closed for students

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government has announced that teachers will begin to return to schools as early as June 1.

“As restrictions are easing, public health and safety remains our top priority,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “At this time, we are confident that districts, following the advice of Public Health, will be able to safely allow school staff access to facilities to complete their work for the school year.”

Schools will not reopen to students and the school calendar will not be extended.

The coming weeks will allow staff and teachers to complete any outstanding tasks for the school year, including finalizing home learning options, participating in professional development opportunities, and preparing for the next school year.

These returns to school may be staggered or based on schedules or shifts, depending on the school or district. Each district will be responsible for developing and communicating their return-to-work policy for staff, including providing orientation. The final day of work for teachers will be June 23.

“Over the past few months, educators and school and district staff have been working hard behind the scenes,” said Cardy. “They have been busy adapting to this new reality while ensuring students have the opportunity to develop and grow. I want to thank educators, students and families for their excellent work and dedication in pursuing home-learning options and helping us flatten the curve.”

 

 

Media Contact(s)

Danielle Elliott, communications, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, danielle.elliott@gnb.ca.

 


Last Printed: 5/20/2020 10:00 AM
Posted: May 20 2020, 9:08 AM
  

Education and Early Childhood Development

Parent guide available on reopening of child care facilities

FREDERICTON (GNB) – An online guide for parents has been launched to help them understand what to expect when their children return to regulated early learning and child care facilities, beginning May 19.

“While New Brunswick has had a lot of success in the past few weeks at flattening the curve, this pandemic is far from over and the health and safety of staff and children remains our top priority,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “That is why we are working closely with operators to ensure they are prepared to welcome families back safely.”

Department staff have worked closely with Public Health to develop health and safety guidelines for early learning and child care facilities and this week held online training and question and answer sessions for operators. They are also helping operators develop their COVID-19 Operational Plans.

Operational plans outline how each individual business will be able to meet the requirements set out for reopening. For early learning and child care facilities, this includes keeping groups of children separated, enhanced cleaning, as well as mandatory screening for everyone entering the facility, including parents, children and staff. The full guidelines are available online.

“These procedures are similar to the ones that were implemented in emergency child care facilities in March,” said Cardy. “Educators have done an outstanding job keeping the children of our essential workers safe. Now, we have slightly expanded group sizes for older children, who are better able to respect physical distancing, understanding that children under the age of five will be in groups of 10 children or fewer.”

To support the enhanced cleaning practices, the department will provide operators with $20 per month for each licensed space until at least the end of June. This is part of a $1 million-per-month financial package to support operators as they begin to reopen through May and June.

Anyone who has travelled outside of New Brunswick will not be allowed to visit early learning and child care facilities for 14 days. Since travel-related cases are the current risk, Public Health advises parents not to allow people who have travelled outside the province to self-isolate in their household bubble if their child is attending an early learning or child care facility. Parents are to ensure that the members of their household-bubble understand their responsibility not to introduce risk which could directly impact the daycare children and staff.

Operators will be required to keep up-to-date information on children and staff, following screening practices. No one presenting with symptoms will be allowed to enter a facility until they contact 811 and are cleared to return.

“This will not be business as usual, and operators and educators will have to work together to develop creative solutions that work for their families and facilities,” said Cardy. “Depending on the facility, this might include more time playing and learning outside or planning new games and activities to help children learn and promote their overall well-being.”

Parents are encouraged to contact their child care provider to find out more about their facility’s operational plan. For more information about the guidelines and requirements, parents can contact early learning staff at 1-833-221-9339, Monday to Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., or by email at ECSAP-PASPE@gnb.ca.

 

Last Printed: 5/14/2020 4:00 PM
Posted: May 14 2020, 3:52 PM
  

Education and Early Childhood Development

Students provided with internet and technology access to support home learning

06 May 2020

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has invested $860,000 towards the acquisition of 1,000 iPads with data plans, 500 laptops and 300 MiFi Hubs to support home learning by providing students in need with access to devices and internet services.

“While I am incredibly proud of the excellent work our educators have undertaken to support home learning, we recognize this learning model has left some students at a disadvantage,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “In an attempt to provide more equitable access to home learning options, these devices will be loaned to students for the coming months. These measures will support home learning and help families stay connected.”

As part of the Continuity of Learning Plan, the anglophone and francophone sectors have each developed delivery plans and supporting materials that reflect their unique approaches and correspond with their curricular outcomes. Each sector has secured technology to support these delivery plans and associated home learning options.

Over the past month, the department has been working with school districts and teachers throughout the province. Each family has been contacted, and a survey conducted, to learn what technology is available to each student at home.

The new devices, along with existing school and district technology resources, will be distributed to students who require these tools to complete their home learning options. MiFi Hubs will be available for students who do not have access to the internet at home.

“These devices will help students continue to learn from home, and also provide families of limited means the ability to stay up to date with information from the provincial government as we live through this pandemic,” said Cardy.

Distribution of the devices to families will be co-ordinated through the schools in the coming weeks as students pick up their personal belongings. Students will be expected to return the loaned devices at a specified date.

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Last Printed: 5/6/2020 3:00 PM
Posted: May 06 2020, 2:54 PM
  

Education and Early Childhood Development

Continuity of learning, graduation plans released

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development released today home learning plans and resources for families to support the continuity of learning while schools remain closed to students.

Unless the situation drastically improves, schools will not be reopened to students and the school calendar will not be extended.

“We understand families have been anxiously awaiting more information on how we will support students during this uncertain time,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “While our immediate concern continues to be public health and safety, we are committed to helping students continue their education while school facilities are closed. In response, we have developed a plan to continue to deliver education to students.”

Anglophone and francophone sectors have each developed a delivery plan and supporting materials that reflect their unique approaches and correspond with their curricular outcomes.

Students between kindergarten and Grade 12 will be asked to dedicate between an hour to two and a half hours a day to completing home learning options, depending upon their grade level. In addition, students of all ages are encouraged to read for a minimum of 30 minutes daily (as a family, aloud or silently depending upon grade level) and engage in 30 minutes of physical activity daily.

“We understand each family has a different home environment,” said Cardy. “While parents will have a key responsibility to encourage students to complete the provided material and continue learning, it is important that families understand we are not asking them to recreate a classroom in their home or take on the full role of a teacher.”

In the coming days, schools in both sectors will be in contact with families to share home learning options. Educational resources for students in the anglophone sector will also be shared on the newly-established New Brunswick Family Resources website. Francophone school districts are in the process of developing their own website and more information will be available in the coming days.

Educators will be contacting families weekly and teachers will participate in the development of home learning options, as well as preparing for the eventual return of students to the classroom.

Graduation and grade advancement

All Grade 12 students who, as of January 2020, were on track to graduate in June 2020 will graduate on time and receive a New Brunswick high school diploma. Decisions on graduation ceremonies and other graduation events will be made in the coming weeks, based on direction from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. The government will work with post-secondary institutions to ensure this crisis does not prevent students from being eligible for admission to post-secondary studies in the upcoming school year.

All students who were positioned to continue to the next grade level for the 2020-21 school year in January 2020 will do so.

More information on assessments, report cards and delivery plan outlines are available in the continuity of learning plans for the anglophone and francophone sectors.​

Last Printed: 4/2/2020 1:00 PM
Posted: Apr 02 2020, 12:27 PM
  

​Minister Cardy announced the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's Continuity of Learning Plan on April 2 for students, families and educators.

Click on the link below for details:

Scanned_Minister's announcement on Continuation of Learning.pdfScanned_Minister's announcement on Continuation of Learning.pdf

Last Printed: 4/2/2020 12:00 PM
Posted: Apr 02 2020, 11:58 AM
  

​​All events related to Heritage Fairs are suspended until the end of the school year. This was announced recently by the provincial Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.

The Young Citizens program, managed by History Canada, will proceed as planned. All students who are completing a heritage fair project or independent research project on a topic of Canadian history are eligible to participate. This​ year, students will not need to present their project at a school or regional fair first.

Information on this year's program can be found at www.YoungCitizens.ca and the Getting Started page will provide students with all the forms and steps they need to compete to participate.

http://kids.canadahistory.ca/Kids/YoungCitizens/Getting-Started

Given that students will have limited access to museums, subject matter experts and filming locations, History Canada is looking at adjusting this year's criteria to focus more on the content and research, and less on the production of film.






Last Printed: 3/27/2020 2:00 PM
Posted: Mar 27 2020, 1:56 PM
  

​Please visit the attachment below for information regarding a memo to parents from the Deputy Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development:

DM PARENT Memo March 20.pdfDM PARENT Memo March 20.pdf

Last Printed: 3/20/2020 6:00 PM
Posted: Mar 20 2020, 6:03 PM
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