Back to School Information

Back to School Information
Posted on 08/19/2021
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WHEN DOES SCHOOL START?
First day back to school for grades 1-9 is on Monday August 30, 2021. Please refer to CHHS and MHHS websites for more information on start dates for grades 10 through 12.

HOW WILL COVID-19 IMPACT THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR?
Government of Alberta - Alberta Education: At this point we are looking forward to a return to normal on August 30 as Alberta has lifted the COVID restrictions. A guidance document has been created to support return to schools. Government of Alberta 2021-2022 School Year Plan MHPSD is in the process of developing an implementation plan based on the above guidance that will be published before the first day of classes.

Diploma exams and provincial achievement tests

  • Grade 12 diploma exams will be mandatory in the 2021-22 school year.
  • Diploma exams will be offered in every diploma course subject in November, January, April, June and August.
  • Grade 6 and 9 provincial achievement tests will resume and participation is mandatory for all schools not piloting the new draft Kindergarten to Grade 6 curriculum.

KINDERGARTEN:
For Kindergarten start dates visit your child’s school website; see list below. We will continue to offer Play & Learn, learn more about the program and learn how to register. 

STUDENT OWNED DEVICES - CHROMEBOOKS, LAPTOPS, TABLETS, ETC.:

Every student in grades 3-12 need to have their own device that they can bring back and forth for the 2021-2022 school year. Children in k-2 will have access to a Chromebook in the classroom but will not take it home with them at the end of the day. Students will not be expected to work on their device all day, having opportunities to engage in other ways.

If a student already has their own reliable device that can operate google classroom, they are welcome to use it instead of purchasing a new device or borrowing a Chromebook from MHPSD. We will support families that do not have, and who do not have a device for their child.

  • Families are welcome to send any device (laptop, tablet, or Chromebook) to school with their child if it will allow them to access Google Classroom (this means having Google Chrome installed on the device) and complete their work. Students do not require expensive laptops or tablets to access online learning tools.
  • Any student that does not have access to a device will be provided with a loaner Chromebook from their school.
  • The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy allows any students to bring their personally owned devices into the schools and connect to the school network via the Wi-Fi. The schools Wi-Fi network has thorough restrictions placed on it to ensure that all students are kept safe while browsing online and are also unable to access websites that the school deems inappropriate for students. This restriction extends to various popular social media websites.

WHEN DO SCHOOL'S REOPEN?             

School

Grades

Phone

School Office
Reopens

Alexandra Middle School
alexandra.mhpsd.ca/

7-9

403.527.8571

August 23
8:00 a.m.

Ecole Connaught School
connaught.mhpsd.ca/

K-6

403.526.2392

August 23
8:00 a.m.

Crescent Heights High School
chhs.mhpsd.ca/

7-12

403.527.6641

August 23
8:00 a.m.

Crestwood School
crestwood.mhpsd.ca/

K-6

403.527.2257

August 23
8:00 a.m.

Dr. Roy Wilson Learning Centre
drroywilson.mhpsd.ca/

ELP, K-9

403.528.6573

August 19
8:00 a.m.

Dr. Ken Sauer School
drkensauer.mhpsd.ca/

ELP, K-6

403.528.6577

August 23
8:00 a.m.

Elm Street School
elmstreet.mhpsd.ca/

ELP, K-6

403.526.3528

August 19
8:00 a.m.

George Davison School
georgedavison.mhpsd.ca/

ELP, K-6

403.529.1555

August 23
8:00 a.m.

Herald School
herald.mhpsd.ca/

ELP, K-6
7-12 Specialized
Program

403.526.4477

August 23
8:00 a.m.

Medicine Hat High School
mhhs.mhpsd.ca/

10-12

403.527.3371

August 20
8:00 a.m.

Medicine Hat Christian School
medhatchristian.mhpsd.ca/

K-9

403.526.3246

August 17
8:00 a.m.

River Heights School
riverheights.mhpsd.ca/

ELP, K-6

403.527.3730

August 23
8:00 a.m.

Ross Glen School
rossglen.mhpsd.ca/

ELP, K-6

403.529.2960

August 24
8:00 a.m.

Southview Community School
southview.mhpsd.ca/

ELP, K-6

403.526.4495

August 19
8:00 a.m.

Vincent Massey School
vincentmassey.mhpsd.ca/

ELP, K-6

403.527.3750

August 23
8:00 a.m.

Webster Niblock School
websterniblock.mhpsd.ca/

ELP, K-6

403.527.4541

August 23
8:00 a.m.

Alternative Programs - Outreach
mhoutreach.mhpsd.ca/

403.526.7877

August 24
8:00 a.m.

Central Office

403.528.6700

Monday – Friday July 5-Aug 13

8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (closed for lunch from noon-12:30 p.m.)

August 16
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BACK TO SCHOOL: 

WILL SCHOOL DOORS STAY LOCKED DURING THE DAY?
External doors at elementary and middle schools will stay locked and all access will be monitored throughout the school day. Doors will be unlocked in the morning, during transition periods and after school. Please check with your child’s school about how and when parents are permitted to access the school.

WHAT TIME DOES THE BELL RING?
Bell times will be communicated by your child’s school.

HOW MUCH ARE SCHOOL FEES?
School fees are posted on each school website under the For Families or For Parents tab. See website list above.

WHERE CAN I FIND MY CHILD’S SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST?
ELP/kindergarten and grades 1-6:Visit your child’s school website for a direct link to your child’s grade level supply list. Click on the links below to view your child's school supplies page. See our FAQ’s about school supplies.

Grades 7-12:We recommend that all students arrive to the first day of classes with a binder, paper and pens/pencils. On the first day of classes teachers will provide students with a list of any additional supplies that are required.  

WHERE DO I GO TO REGISTER MY CHILD FOR SCHOOL?  
Link below to school attendance boundaries and register online.

IS THERE BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE AT MY CHILD'S SCHOOL?
Most of the elementary school in our division have before and after school care through the Medicine Hat YMCA. Please note: For families that wish to access the Before & After School Program on the first day of school, August 30, all registration forms must be submitted by August 18 at noon.  

HOW CAN I STAY CONNECTED? 
Like us on 
Facebook Medicine Hat Public School Divisionand Instagram @mhpublicschools. Check with the school for social links.  

IS THERE STILL SPACE LEFT FOR THE PLAY AND LEARN PROGRAM?
Please contact your child's school to inquire. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION: 

IS MY CHILD REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK ON THE BUS?
Yes, children of all ages, staff and visitors are expected to be masked on the bus unless they have an exception. Masking will be in place on busses until new direction is provided by the government of Alberta.

HOW CAN I REGISTER MY CHILD FOR SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION?
For new students click here and create a SchoolEngage account to begin registration. Once you are in SchoolEngage please add your child in the student section, once you have added your student you can complete the 2021-22 Transportation Registration Application as part of your new student registration form.

For students that attended an MHPSD last year, if you haven’t filled out the bus registration form already you can log into PowerSchool, click on SchoolEngage in the left menu. Once you are in SchoolEngage, please choose your child from the “student” drop down menu. You will see all forms that require completion on the right side of the page. Complete the 2021-22 Transportation Registration Application. To open the form, click on the small icon on the left (see example below). You will need to complete process for each child that will require school bus transportation. If you need assistance with this process, please contact your child’s school or call 403.529.6234

example 

HAS MY CHILD'S BUS ROUTE CHANGED?
Bus stop locations and times will be adjusted over the summer; families are encouraged to check back for updated bus routes by August 26. Alternatively, please call Southland Transportation at 403.526.4655 for bus route information.

IS MY CHILD ELIGIBLE FOR TRANSPORTATION?
The school division may provide transportation service for resident students in the following categories:
1. Students within the school district boundaries who reside over 2.4km from their designated school.
2. Grades K-3 students residing beyond 1.2km from their designated school.

HOW DO I FIND OUT WHAT MY CHILD'S DESIGNATED SCHOOL IS?
The school division utilizes attendance boundaries to determine which school a student is designated to attend. For additional information regarding attendance areas call the school in your area or contact the school division central office at 403.528.6700.

WHERE CAN I FIND MY CHILD'S BUS ROUTE?
Families are encouraged to check back on August 26 and view our updated school bus route (link below). For additional information regarding bus routes, please call Southland Transportation at 403.526.4655 or the School Division office at 403.528.6700.

IS TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS?
Special transportation may be provided to students with special needs; families can contact their local school to apply. 

IS THIS MY BUS?
Each school bus will feature clearly marked signage displaying the route number and school destination to help students get to school with ease. Students attending elementary school will also have a unique animal on their bus sign to help them identify their bus.

SCHOOL ZONE SAFETY: Thank you for helping to ensure the safety of our students, families and staff. Always follow the 30km/h speed limit when driving through school zones between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. each day. Be aware of appropriate parking spaces and loading zones, leaving at least 5 meters when parking near a marked crosswalk or stop sign. 



August 12, 2021 - Back to School Letter to families

Through the past week, as the number of cases of COVID-19 have risen significantly in Medicine Hat, we have received many questions regarding our school year plan.  While we expect updates to Alberta Education’s 2021-22 school year plan in the coming days, we feel it is best to communicate, early, how we intend to safeguard the health of our students.

Alberta Health Services states:

”While the variants of concern spread more easily, they spread in the same way as original COVID-19. This means the same types of preventive strategies will be effective. However, these variants can more easily take advantage of any relaxation preventive measures.Web Reference - AHS Site - 12 August 2021

Therefore, unless directed otherwise by the Minister of Education or the Chief Medical Officer of Health, masking will be mandatory for all staff and students (K-12) in common areas and when moving about the classroom. Health Canada indicates that masks should be worn by children 5 and above where distancing is not possible. Given the information above, it is prudent to expand masking to include all students. Students riding school buses will also need to wear masks and will be seated according to a seating plan.

The following health measures will be in place when classes begin on August 30th:

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Students and staff are to use the daily checklist prior to leaving for school or work
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tudents and staff who present with COVID-19 symptoms are strongly recommended to stay at home until symptoms resolve
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Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette routines will be followed
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Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of high traffic/touch areas will continue
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Enhanced ventilation in schools is being implemented, where required
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Cohorts will continue in Kindergarten to Grade 6
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No visitors, volunteers, or external partners in schools during drop-off, pick-up and during school days until further notice

The following are shifts in restrictions that will be implemented at the start of the year:
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At the direction of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, schools will not be provided information regarding positive cases and, therefore, will not be able to inform families of close contact
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Additional health measures may be implemented at the direction of the regional Medical Officer of Health
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Performance and sports activities may proceed
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Audience/fans must mask to attend
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Off-site activities will be allowed
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Schools can be used for evening and weekend school activities

Medicine Hat Public School Division has, since the start of the pandemic, been committed to protecting the health of the children we serve, the staff who serve them, and the community who loves them. The science that supported the above measures throughout the last school year remains valid. This plan represents our continued commitment to consistent care.

Medicine Hat Public School Division strongly urges the Government of Alberta to reinstate all measures that had been in place through the first three waves of the pandemic, including, but not limited to, readily available testing, tracing and isolation for those who test positive and who are close contacts. It is our view that this level of commitment to vigilance is needed in order to protect our children and youth. 

Sincerely,


Catherine Wilson, Board Chair

Medicine Hat Public School Division

Mark Davidson, Superintendent

Medicine Hat Public School Division

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