Rocky View Schools is examining exactly what will be required to implement any of the three school re-entry scenarios put on the table by Alberta Education.
For weeks, the division has been planning for the re-entry, says RVS board chair Fiona Gilbert. That includes establishing task forces to examine the specific impact on elementary, middle, and high schools.
"Those tasks force will continue to do their work and put some plans together based on the guidelines," says School Board Chair Gilbert.
The division will soon be conducting a survey of its stakeholders for input, including staff, parents and hopefully student.
"We'll be asking some specific questions so we can know the needs and desires of our community so we can make a plan that is best for our community."
While it will be the province's decision on what scenario is chosen, it will be the responsibility of the school divisions to put it into action, she points out.
"They'll tell us the scenario, but then it's up to the local school divisions to make some decisions, so we're looking for some clarity around some of the requirements."
Last Friday, Chair Gilbert was among school division officials from across the province participating in a town hall meeting with the education minister, and chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw. It was an opportunity to obtain some clarification and provide input on the plan.
It was the third such conference call since the schools were closed in mid-March. They saw a draft re-entry plan about a month ago and were able to provide input. Like the rest of us, they saw the final plan last Wednesday.
"We'll have to take a little time to digest what it might mean. Now that we have some more specific guidelines, we can look at what it means to Rocky View."
RVS continues to seek more details around each of the scenarios. She says it has different implications for each school division in the province.
Last week, Alberta Education minister Adriana LaGrange outlined a comprehensive school re-entry plan for this fall, based upon three possible scenarios. The government's final decision will be announced on Aug. 1
In her update, LaGrange said school authorities are expected to be prepared to implement any of the three on short notice.