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April 15, 2021

To the Families of John Caldwell School,

As of midnight tonight, April 15, 2021, the Grand Falls Region of Health Zone 4 will move to the Orange Alert level. Specific to ASD-W, this change will impact John Caldwell School only.

The Orange Alert level means staff and students will still be required to follow specific safety measures, particularly around mask-wearing, however in the Orange level, masks are not required while students are engaged in sports activities during physical education class.


As in the Red Alert level, extra-curricular music activities, such as choir and band are not permitted, however sports activities are now limited to practices within a single team. Please review the full details of the Orange level directives by clicking on this link:


ORANGE LEVEL ALERT


A comparison chart outlining community directives for each of the different levels can be found on the New Brunswick Government website here:

RECOVERY LEVEL COMPARISON CHARTY

I would like to assure you that we continue to work closely with Public Health and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) to do our best in ensuring your safety, health, and well-being.

Thank you for your continued commitment to following these directives as they change. By doing so, you are reducing the risk of transmitting the virus and keeping yourself and those around you safe.

Sincerely,

David McTimoney, Superintendent​

Last Printed: 4/15/2021 5:00 PM
Posted: Apr 15 2021, 4:21 PM
  

Summerhill Street School SPCA Fundraiser

On Thursday April 1st students at Summerhill Street School presented a vanload of pet supplies and $250 to the Oromocto SPCA.

 This student-led initiative was inspired by a class discussion about how animals are being affected by the pandemic. Grade 5 French Immersion student, Morgan B., backed by her teacher Mme. Lavoie, her schoolmates, and her principal Mrs. Atherton, set out to fundraise for the SPCA.

Morgan chose the SPCA because she loves animals and she adopted her cat, Zoey, there. “With the pandemic, many businesses are closed so I thought that the SPCA might be in the same situation with fewer donations because people were not able to work due to Covid-19. It’s important we help because they are a charity and that means they depend on us to stay open.”

The fundraiser involved the whole school. Mme. Lavoie encouraged students to decorate donation boxes and helped the class work on ways to promote the event. Posters and morning announcements were made, and teachers emailed families for support. The response was overwhelming.

A total of $250 was raised and a van full of items including paper towels, laundry detergent, canned tuna and salmon, dry and wet dog and cat food, Cheez Whiz, toys and chew bones were donated. The money came from a dress up day where students donated a $1 to dress up as their favorite animal.

The SPCA was presented with the items and money on Thursday April 1st. They were very thankful for the donation and impressed by the generosity of the students.  SPCA volunteers said that Summerhill students were very thoughtful and kind.

Along with being a successful fundraiser, the event was an invaluable educational opportunity that encouraged students to communicate in both French and English. Mme. Lavoie, who mentored the project, shared that there were many lessons learned. “The money had to be counted, deposit prepared and rolled which was a wonderful Math life lesson. We made predications and charted our progress during the week. They used art and creativity with posters and boxes, with very little guidance from me as their teacher. I was merely the coach and let the students generate their thoughts and ideas via discussions. There was a lot of teamwork in this very special project that brought everyone closer together.”

Principal Atherton shared that at Summerhill there is a focus on student leadership and responsibility. “When Morgan wrote her letter to me asking for permission to hold this activity, I was more than happy to say yes to her request. It really brought a smile to my face to see how excited the students were, especially in grade 3, to be involved with something like this. They couldn’t wait to participate and help the SPCA.”

This project was the epitome of kindness and community and is summed up well by student Tanner M.: “I learned all animals can be helped with acts of kindness. Just donating one little thing makes a big difference. If everybody donated something small, it makes a big difference. Animals give us love and support. For some people they help them get through the day.”

Morgan, who spearheaded the campaign, asks that people continue to support the SPCA and reminds us that “animals make us feel better so we should help them feel better too!”


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Last Printed: 4/15/2021 12:00 PM
Posted: Apr 15 2021, 11:20 AM
  

​Consider Becoming a Candidate for your Anglophone West District Education Council.

Your District Education Council (DEC) needs people who are dedicatedand passionate about the education of students in your district andacross the province. The DEC hires and evaluates the superintendent,develops policies, monitors the performance of the district and setspriorities for the district education plan.

Candidates do not need previous experience - just a willingness to learnhow DECs use policy and oversight to shape the future of education.Elected members work together to make decisions for all students andschools in the district.

DEC members will be elected with the municipal elections on May 10th, 2021 and will serve a 4 year term.

Learn more about your local DEC at www.asd-w.nbed.nb.ca

Learn more about becoming a candidate for DEC at www.electionsnb.ca

Learn more education governance in N.B.at www.decnb.ca

Friday, April 9, at 2:00 PM is the deadline​!


Last Printed: 4/7/2021 2:00 PM
Posted: Apr 12 2021, 2:05 PM
  

April 10, 2021

High School Families of ASD-W,

Changes were announced to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) “Return to School” plan on March 19 that would see all high school students return to full-time in-person learning as early as April 12, 2021.  Plans were communicated with you in recent days. In ASD-W, 7 of our 19 high school settings have been in a full “blended learning” model for schooling, with another 3 schools following a partial “blended learning” model.  The “blended learning” model is designed such that students learn at school one day and then learn from home the next day.

As the COVID-19 pandemic presents us with ever-evolving situations, we are often required to adjust accordingly to new information. As a result of our current circumstances in the province and out of an abundance of caution, the shift to full-time in-person learning for high schools in the province following a blended-learning model will be delayed. In consideration of presumptive cases of COVID-19 variants in Health Zones 1 and 2, this delay will allow for more physical distancing in high schools and minimize the number of possible contacts should there be an outbreak in a school.

Schools that have been following a blended learning model will continue with this model.  For those schools who have not been following the blended learning model, there is no change.

Our provincial government’s Cabinet and the all-party cabinet committee on COVID-19 will revisit this decision based on the advice of Public Health during the week of April 26.

Further to this and in response to the “lockdown” level of alert for the Edmundston region of Health Zone 4, Saint Mary’s Academy will revert to full remote learning from home, effective Monday, April 12.  The school principal will reach out to you this weekend with further details.  Please note…this is for Saint Mary’s Academy only for ASD-W schools.

The EECD “Return to School” plan is a living document that changes to reflect on new information and best practices, as advised by Public Health. Collaboration with Public Health will continue and we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

When EECD first announced the Return to School plan last spring, we knew that this would be a school year like no other. Over the past year, you have been flexible and patient as this plan has been updated. Thank you for your understanding, patience, and ongoing cooperation this year.

Sincerely,

David McTimoney, Superintendent

Last Printed: 4/10/2021 9:00 PM
Posted: Apr 10 2021, 8:29 PM
  
Hello ASD-W Families,

On Monday, April 12th we will be welcoming most of our high school students back to school on a full time basis (in person learning every day). This change has required us to make some changes to our transportation plan as there will now be more students travelling on our buses daily.

Due to the increased number of students on our buses, we will be requiring all students in all grade levels (Kindergarten-12) to wear a mask at all times while travelling on a bus. Siblings and students who are sitting alone will also be required to wear a mask.

In the Yellow Phasel Bus Drivers are not required to wear a mask as they are behind a curtain.In the Orange or Red phases, Bus Drivers are required to wear a mask.

Please click this link for full details: high-schools-full-time.pdf (gnb.ca)

​Please make sure your student has a clean mask every day for bus travel. Thank you for your continued cooperation and patience as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. 

Last Printed: 4/9/2021 3:00 PM
Posted: Apr 09 2021, 2:44 PM
  

April 8, 2021

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE RETURN TO DAILY, IN-PERSON LEARNING FOR HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES

April 12th is just around the corner. This much-anticipated return to daily full-time, in-person learning for schools that are reverting from a blended-learning model is seen as an integral step in the provincial recovery plan. We are excited to have students back to class full-time and to have those essential face-to-face connections once again.

Please note, for schools in the Yellow phase, blended learning with “half the class” will end, effective April 12th. Teachers may choose to continue to post activities, assignments, etc. online through Teams, however the expectation is that students return to daily, in-person attendance. For schools currently in the Red phase, blending learning or online learning will remain in place.

Below we are including important information to help students and families understand the changes that will be in effect as of April 12th. This summary of information is specific to the Yellow phase and pertains to high school classes, students, and staff who are currently using a blended learning model. These directives are not applicable to those who are not in a blended learning model or the K-8 grades in a K-12 or 6-12 high school setting.

We currently have 2 schools, Saint Mary's Academy and John Caldwell School who are in the Red Alert phase. Blended or online learning will continue in these schools, masks are required at all times, extra-curricular, sports, singing and wind instruments are not permitted and active screening will remain in place.

Full details of the directives for the Yellow, Orange and Red Alert phases as of April 12th can be found here: High-schools-full-time.pdf (gnb.ca) 

Please take the time to read through this document fully. Below is a summary of the Yellow phase directives, which the majority of ASD-W schools will be following.

School Hours

No changes. School hours remain the same as they currently are.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

Students should bring their own devices to support their in-class learning. Teachers may continue to use the new platforms and tools so that in the event of school closure due to an outbreak, classes will be offered online for all students. 

Masks

Masks are to be worn at all times except when eating or while engaged in sports activities during physical education class.

Social Distancing

The 2-meter and 1-meter physical distancing requirements will not be mandatory for the applicable schools (switching from blended learning to full-time in-class learning). They are encouraged when space and operations allow. So, cafeterias can return to being operational, however, we encourage additional spaces for eating.

Cafeterias

Alternative rooms will be made available to students to reduce the number of students in the cafeteria whenever possible.  For example, schools will encourage students to eat outside or in other rooms (empty classrooms) when possible.

Transportation

Masks are to be worn at all times by all students while on the bus, and a seating plan will be followed. Minor changes have been made to school bus routes and schedules for students at some schools. For those families who are impacted by these changes, your school will send a website link for you to check the bus timing for drop-off and pick-up.

Seating Plans

Teachers will have a consistent seating plan for each class and drivers will have a seating plan for each of their bus runs.

Extra-curricular, Sports and Music

These are permitted while continuing to follow the school’s operational plan. Wind instruments and singing are permitted with additional distancing.

Medically Vulnerable Students

Students who are currently following a “home learning plan” due to a documented medical vulnerability will continue to follow the plan unless released from medical attention and allowed to attend school full-time. 

Graduation

Graduations will be planned according to Yellow level directives, with a backup plan if we change to the Orange or Red Alert level. Proms, Safe Grad, and Grad Banquets remain as events that are too difficult to plan for under the current conditions and not plausible for this year.  If anything should change, we will let you know.

Positive Case Confirmed

If there is a positive case, the school will be closed to everyone for 3 days to allow for testing and cleaning. Students 16 years and over will be offered the chance to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

Thank you for sticking with us throughout this journey. We sincerely look forward to seeing everyone’s (masked) faces and getting back to a sense of regularity again.

David McTimoney,

Superintendent of Schools, Anglophone West School District

Last Printed: 4/8/2021 1:00 PM
Posted: Apr 08 2021, 3:59 PM
  

March 30, 2021

To: Families of Andover Elementary School, Perth-Andover Middle School, and Southern Victoria High School

We have been watching the ice-jam situation in the Upper Saint John River carefully today. Following the advice of emergency response officials with the Town of Perth-Andover and the Province of New Brunswick, schools will re-open tomorrow, Wednesday, March 31st, with the caveat that if we were to get any indication of a flood on or during a school day, we would call for the closure of the impacted schools as quickly as possible.

With the safety of our staff and students in mind, we will continue to monitor the situation over the next few days and will provide you with updates as necessary.

Thank you for your patience.

Sincerely,

David McTimoney, Superintendent, ASD-W​

Last Printed: 3/30/2021 5:00 PM
Posted: Mar 30 2021, 4:33 PM
  

March 29, 2021

To: Families of Saint Mary’s Academy

This is to update you that the Red Alert level in Edmundston and the surrounding area will remain in effect and, as of midnight tonight, will expand to additional communities.

This means Saint Mary’s Academy will continue to follow the enhanced Red Level directives as outlined in the document attached.

RED ALERT LEVEL DOCUMENT

Please remember:

  • Students and staff are to stay home if they have even one symptom of COVID-19.
  • School staff are to be actively screened when they report to work each day.
  • Parents are to screen their children each morning prior to sending them to school. 
  • If a positive case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the school will be closed for a minimum of three days to allow for contact tracing, and the school will become a testing site for school staff.
  • Students in Grades K-12 are required to wear a mask on a school bus, even when sitting alone or with a member of the same household.
  • Students in Grades K-8 are required to wear a mask at all times at school, including outside. Exceptions are when students are sitting at a desk working silently or eating. Students will be required to wear a mask during physical education class.
  • Students in grades 9-12 are required to wear a mask at all times at school, including outside. Exceptions are when students are eating. Students will be required to wear a mask during physical education class.
  • School personnel are required to wear a mask at all times at school, including outside. Exceptions are when they are eating or sitting alone in their closed office or classroom.
  • School-age children and those teaching them are expected to bring two clean masks with them each day.
  • Extra-curricular music activities, including theatre, choir and band are not permitted.
  • Interscholastic, extra-curricular and intramural sports are not permitted.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we navigate through this. Please know it is very much appreciated.

David McTimoney, Superintendent, ASD-W​

Last Printed: 3/29/2021 9:00 PM
Posted: Mar 29 2021, 8:26 PM
  

March 29, 2021

To: Families of John Caldwell School

Due to the active spread of Covid-19, the Red Alert level in Edmundston and surrounding communities will expand as of midnight tonight, March 29, 2021. This expanded area will now include Saint-Léonard, Grand Falls, Drummond, New Denmark and Four Falls along with the previously indicated areas of Edmundston and the upper Madawaska region.

Specific to ASD-W, this change to the Red Alert level, will impact John Caldwell School.

At the Red Alert level, school will remain open and staff and students will be required to follow enhanced Red Level directives as outlined by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in the Red Alert Level document. Please see the document attached for full details.

RED ALERT LEVEL DOCUMENT

Important changes in the Red Level are as follows:

  • Students and staff are to stay home if they have even one symptom of COVID-19.
  • School staff are to be actively screened when they report to work each day.
  • Parents are to screen their children each morning prior to sending them to school. 
  • If a positive case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the school will be closed for a minimum of three days to allow for contact tracing, and the school will become a testing site for school staff.
  • Students in Grades K-12 are required to wear a mask on a school bus, even when sitting alone or with a member of the same household.
  • Students in Grades K-8 are required to wear a mask at all times at school, including outside. Exceptions are when students are sitting at a desk working silently or eating. Students will be required to wear a mask during physical education class.
  • Students in grades 9-12 are required to wear a mask at all times at school, including outside. Exceptions are when students are eating. Students will be required to wear a mask during physical education class.
  • School personnel are required to wear a mask at all times at school, including outside. Exceptions are when they are eating or sitting alone in their closed office or classroom.
  • School-age children and those teaching them are expected to bring two clean masks with them each day.
  • Extra-curricular music activities, including theatre, choir and band are not permitted.
  • Interscholastic, extra-curricular and intramural sports are not permitted.

Full details of the community directives for each of the levels, including the Red level, can be found on the government website here:

RECOVERY LEVEL COMPARISONS CHART

As a final note, I encourage all families to be more diligent then ever with wearing masks, hand-washing, and social distancing. These actions can make a major impact on keeping our schools, children, and communities safe.

Thank you,

David McTimoney, Superintendent

 ​

Last Printed: 3/29/2021 9:00 PM
Posted: Mar 29 2021, 8:26 PM
  

March 29, 2021

Hello Families of Andover Elementary School, Perth-Andover Elementary School, and Southern Victoria High School,

Officials associated with emergency response within the Town of Perth-Andover and the Province of New Brunswick continue to monitor the state of the Upper St. John River in relation to the ice-jam in place, and the impact it has on flooding and roads in the area. Taking into account traditional agreements that have been made with emergency response officials, and in the interest of safety, school will be closed for students at Andover Elementary School, Perth-Andover Middle School, and Southern Victoria High School on Tuesday, March 30. Wording in the Agreement Between Treasury Board and the New Brunswick Teachers’ Federation does not permit a switch to remote learning in this particular case. We will continue to monitor the situation very carefully and communicate with you if further closure is required.

While we recognize this is not ideal, the safety of all our students and staff remains a priority.

Thank you for understanding. 

Sincerely,

David McTimoney, Superintendent, ASD-W​

Last Printed: 3/29/2021 6:00 PM
Posted: Mar 29 2021, 5:06 PM
  

 The Science teams from all four Anglophone School Districts have come together to offer an amazing series of virtual learning opportunities for all students and educators from across New Brunswick.

 NB Science Week, March 15-18, 2021, will feature daily Keynote speakers, virtual classroom sessions, lunch and learns, K-12 STEAM Challenges, and much more. Confirmed keynotes will be delivered by: NB Chief Medical Officer - Dr. Jennifer Russell, Science East – Michael Edwards, Brilliant Labs – Jacob Lingley and American TV Personality, STEM Educator, and Author – Steve Spangler.

 For more information about sessions, and to pre-register, go to the following link: https://nbscience.eventbuilder.com/Sessions (sessions and keynotes are continually being added, so check back regularly).

 Be sure to explore the student created projects at our Virtual District Fairs:

https://projectboard.world/ysc/new-brunswick-science-fair-en

https://projectboard.world/ysc/new-brunswick-science-fair-fr

Last Printed: 3/12/2021 1:00 PM
Posted: Mar 29 2021, 9:00 AM
  

 March 28, 2021

Hello Families of Andover Elementary School, Perth-Andover Middle School, and Southern Victoria High School,

In response to flooding that is occurring currently along the St. John River, and taking into account agreements that have been made involving emergency response officials, school will be closed for students at Andover Elementary School, Perth-Andover Middle School, and Southern Victoria High School on Monday, March 29, 2021.  We will be monitoring the situation very carefully over the next 24-48 hours.

Should there be a need to keep the buildings closed for a longer period of time, we will move to “remote learning”.  Students/families should be prepared for this switch at a moment’s notice and as early as Tuesday, March 30, if required.

Staff from your school will reach out to you with particulars related to learning, as required.

Sincerely,

David McTimoney, Superintendent

Last Printed: 3/28/2021 4:00 PM
Posted: Mar 28 2021, 3:41 PM
  

March 25, 2021

Hello Families of Saint Mary’s Academy,

Due to the active spread of Covid-19 in the area, Edmundston and surrounding communities will transition to the Red Alert level at 6:00 p.m. today, Thursday, March 25, 2021. These communities will remain in the Red Alert level for a minimum of 4 days to allow for mass testing and contact tracing.

Specific to ASD-W, this will impact school for Saint Mary’s Academy on Friday, March 26 and Monday, March 29, at minimum. We are committed to keeping you informed and will be in touch with you again on Monday with and update on how to proceed.

School will remain open and staff and students will be required to follow enhanced Red Level directives as outlined by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in the Red Alert Level document. Please note the following:

  • Students and staff are to stay home if they have even one symptom of COVID-19.
  • School staff are to be actively screened when they report to work each day.
  • Parents are to screen their children each morning prior to sending them to school. 
  • If a positive case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the school will be closed for a minimum of three days to allow for contact tracing. The school will become a testing site for school staff.
  • Students are required to wear a mask at all times including outdoors and in play during sports activities. EXCEPTIONS: When they are working silently on their own or eating.
  • Masks must be worn at all times on buses.
  • School-age children and those teaching them are expected to bring two clean masks with them each day.
  • Extra-curricular music activities, including theatre, choir and band are not permitted.
  • Interscholastic, extra-curricular and intramural sports are not permitted.

Full details of the Red Alert Level document can be found here:

RED ALERT LEVEL DOCUMENT

Full details of the community directives for each of the levels, including the Red level, can be found on the government website here:

RECOVERY LEVEL COMPARISONS CHART

As a final note, I encourage all families to be more diligent then ever with wearing masks, hand-washing, and social distancing. These actions can make a major impact on keeping our schools, children, and communities safe.

Thank you,

David McTimoney, Superintendent​

Last Printed: 3/25/2021 6:00 PM
Posted: Mar 25 2021, 5:02 PM
  

March 22, 2021​

Dear Students and Families,

Between March 22 and March 27, 4,500 staff from high school settings provincewide will receive a COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic in one of several locations.

Staff participating in the vaccination roll-out include all those who work in a high school setting. This includes schools that are K-12, 6-12, or 9-12.

Schools will be closed to students on the days that local clinics are being held to allow for school staff to be vaccinated and to plan for the full return of high school students to schools where a blended learning environment currently exists.

This letter is to inform you that the following schools will be closed on Wednesday, March 24, to allow staff at your child’s school to participate in a high-school-prioritized clinic as scheduled by the Province.

Schools closed on Wednesday are:

·         Central New Brunswick Academy

·         Fredericton High School

·         Harvey High School

·         Mc Adam High School

·         Stanley Consolidated School

·         Cambridge Narrows Community School

·         Chipman Forest Avenue School

·         Leo Hayes High School

·         Minto Memorial High School

·         Oromocto High School

·         Nackawic Senior High School

·         Enterprise Centre

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this. By adding these layers of protection to the previous “Return to School” plan, we further minimize the risks of transmitting the virus when all students are back for the rest of the 2020-21 school year on April 12.

We will continue to update you as more information becomes available and we thank you for your cooperation this year.

Best wishes for a safe and successful continued school year.

Superintendent David McTimoney, ASD-W​

Last Printed: 3/22/2021 4:00 PM
Posted: Mar 22 2021, 4:01 PM
  

March 21, 2021

Dear Students and Families,

Between March 22 and March 27, 4,500 staff from high schools provincewide will receive a COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic in one of 16 locations.

Staff participating in the vaccination roll-out include all those who work in a high school setting. This includes schools that are K-12, 6-12, or 9-12.

Schools will be closed to students on the days that local clinics are being held to allow for school staff to be vaccinated and to plan for the full return of high school students to schools where a blended learning environment existed.

This letter is to inform you that the following schools will be closed tomorrow, Monday, March 22, to allow staff at your child’s school to participate in a high school prioritized clinic in your region.

Schools closed tomorrow are:

  • Saint Mary’s Academy 
  • John Caldwell School
  • Tobique Valley High School
  • Southern Victoria High School
  • Carleton North High School
  • Hartland Community School
  • Woodstock High School
  • Canterbury High School

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this. By adding these layers of protection to the previous “Return to School” plan, we further minimize the risks of transmitting the virus when all students are back for the rest of the 2020-21 school year on April 12.

We will continue to update you as more information becomes available and we thank you for your cooperation this year.

Best wishes for a safe and successful continued school year.

David McTimoney

Superintendent, ASD-W

Last Printed: 3/21/2021 6:00 PM
Posted: Mar 21 2021, 5:55 PM
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