At our most recent board meeting, Trustees heard about the impact of and response to the pandemic on students, staff and families, with an additional report highlighting responses to nutrition and food security. We know our staff, students and families continue to face obstacles, stress and uncertainty in accessing learning at home during this time, including the loss of many of our valued staff. I appreciated hearing about the hard work of those within Edmonton Public Schools who are working hard to try to bring learning to students in their homes.
- Creative ways of connecting with students and families (including sing-alongs, virtual assemblies, and phone calls home)
- Loaning out over 13,000 Chromebooks to students
- Working with partners for the provision of low-cost or cost-covered internet for families without access.
- Educational Assistants working with teachers and students to support inclusive learning
- Specialized supports for students when possible, including take-home packages, sign language supports, supports for First Nations, Metis and Inuit students, and supporting families where English is a second language.
- Co-ordinating food hampers and grocery store gift cards for families who are food insecure.
Edmonton Public Schools also brought many online resources together, including the Resource Hub and resources for parents in: