Schools

Alberta Education is providing school boards with some relief from the high cost of diesel fuel needed for school buses. (Contributed image from Red Deer Public Schools).

Alberta Education cushions the cost of school bus fuel

Fuel Price Contingency Program reinstated

 

The Alberta School Boards Association held its spring general meeting June 5 to 7 at Red Deer’s Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre. (Contributed)

Alberta school boards seek more funding to fuel school buses

ASBA advocates for the return of the fuel-price contingency fund

 

The Local School Bus Roadeo competition was held May 7 at Notre Dame High School. (Contributed)

Central Alberta school bus drivers advance to provincial competition

2022 Provincial School Bus Roadeo to be held June 4

 

Raahim Aqueel was named the 2022 valedictorian at Hunting Hills High School. (Contributed)
Raahim Aqueel was named the 2022 valedictorian at Hunting Hills High School. (Contributed)
Students at St. Francis of Assisi Middle School held a dress rehearsal on Wednesday for their production of Beauty and the Beast. The play will hit the stage at Red Deer Memorial Centre on April 28, 29 and 30. Tickets are $10 each at the school office, or the box office for evening shows. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Red Deer students prepare for Beauty and the Beast

A St. Francis of Assisi Middle School production

Students at St. Francis of Assisi Middle School held a dress rehearsal on Wednesday for their production of Beauty and the Beast. The play will hit the stage at Red Deer Memorial Centre on April 28, 29 and 30. Tickets are $10 each at the school office, or the box office for evening shows. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)
FILE - École Secondaire Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School held an outdoor graduation ceremony at Setter’s Place in Great Chief Park Friday, to honour the graduating class of 2021. (BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Graduation getting back to normal for central Alberta students

Ceremonies are scheduled for 2022 graduates

FILE - École Secondaire Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School held an outdoor graduation ceremony at Setter’s Place in Great Chief Park Friday, to honour the graduating class of 2021. (BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)
There are no public charter schools in Red Deer, but about 10,000 students are enrolled at 15 public charter schools elsewhere in Alberta, with one more set to open in Calgary this year. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

Public charter schools receive added support from the province

‘We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to education’ says Kenney

There are no public charter schools in Red Deer, but about 10,000 students are enrolled at 15 public charter schools elsewhere in Alberta, with one more set to open in Calgary this year. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)
FILE - Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced funding for new school projects. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

New central Alberta school moves to design phase

$251 million in new funding for school projects

FILE - Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced funding for new school projects. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says moving forward, Alberta’s education system will continue to be well-funded and provide an “amazing” education for all students in all corners of the province. (Photo by Government of Alberta)

Critics say provincial budget doesn’t put students first

Alberta Teachers’ Association says budget insufficient to repair cuts in recent years

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says moving forward, Alberta’s education system will continue to be well-funded and provide an “amazing” education for all students in all corners of the province. (Photo by Government of Alberta)
Alberta Legislature. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Alberta Legislature. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
A man holds a 3M N95 respirator. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Some Alberta students, parents anxious as mask rule lifts in schools

Alberta Teachers’ Association it is exploring legal options

A man holds a 3M N95 respirator. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A small group of protesters on Sunday in Red Deer said they wanted the province to maintain masking for students in schools. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Red Deer protesters say it’s too early in the pandemic for students to give up masks

Red Deer hospital had to temporarily divert ICU patients on Saturday

A small group of protesters on Sunday in Red Deer said they wanted the province to maintain masking for students in schools. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)
As of Monday Alberta students will no longer be required to wear masks at school. (Screenshot from Red Deer Public School video)

Red Deer Public Schools will not tolerate bullying over masks

Cohorting, enhanced cleaning and sanitization to continue

As of Monday Alberta students will no longer be required to wear masks at school. (Screenshot from Red Deer Public School video)
Alberta Education has launched e-Tutoring Hub that provides free, pre-recorded video tutoring sessions for students in Grades 4 to 9 to catch up on literacy and numeracy skills. (File photo)

Alberta’s online tutoring program misses the mark

Tutoring to expand to cover more grades and subjects, including live tutoring sessions

Alberta Education has launched e-Tutoring Hub that provides free, pre-recorded video tutoring sessions for students in Grades 4 to 9 to catch up on literacy and numeracy skills. (File photo)
Edmonton Public Schools wants vaccine clinics in schools. (File photo by BLACK PRESS)
Edmonton Public Schools wants vaccine clinics in schools. (File photo by BLACK PRESS)
Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools has about 600 teachers and shares access to 150 substitute teachers with other school jurisdictions. (File photo by The Canadian Press)

Substitute teachers are in short supply in central Alberta

Red Deer Public Schools’ website includes COVID-19 Dashboard to keep families informed

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools has about 600 teachers and shares access to 150 substitute teachers with other school jurisdictions. (File photo by The Canadian Press)
FILE - A man sanitizes tabletop surfaces in a kindergarten classroom at Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School in Scarborough, Ont., on Monday, September 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Some schools in Alberta and B.C. see slight dip in attendance as they reopen

School boards in Alberta said their biggest challenge remains finding consistent staffing levels

FILE - A man sanitizes tabletop surfaces in a kindergarten classroom at Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School in Scarborough, Ont., on Monday, September 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
FILE - A classroom is shown at Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School in Scarborough, Ont., on Monday, September 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Alberta student, parents say they feel abandoned as K-12 kids return to school

Support Our Students Alberta will continue tracking school outbreaks

FILE - A classroom is shown at Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School in Scarborough, Ont., on Monday, September 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
On Wednesday, Alberta government announced students will return to in-person learning on Monday. (File photo)
Alberta students are returning to the classroom next week after a spike in COVID-19 cases forced them to learn at home for two weeks. (File photo)
On Wednesday, Alberta government announced students will return to in-person learning on Monday. (File photo)
Alberta students are returning to the classroom next week after a spike in COVID-19 cases forced them to learn at home for two weeks. (File photo)
Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley says students have been sent home at least four times now with almost no notice, and many more times at some schools. This throws families into chaos every time. (File photo by The Canadian Press)

NDP presents plan to make schools safer amid Omicron spread

Plan addresses staffing challenges and mitigating the risk of in-school transmission

Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley says students have been sent home at least four times now with almost no notice, and many more times at some schools. This throws families into chaos every time. (File photo by The Canadian Press)