This weekend’s Alberta Colleges Council Affiliation digital three-day convention and annual basic assembly has extra significance as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic not solely pressured the cancellation of final 12 months’s occasion, nevertheless it has additionally created uncertainty for the affiliation, which represents dad and mom who’re members of faculty councils throughout Alberta. The uncertainty and stress have elevated this month as quite a few faculty divisions within the province have moved college students grades 7 to 12 again to at-home studying.
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“Typically there’s not an enormous window of time for fogeys to pivot, so perhaps even a weekend or one or two days and households should pivot from sending their households to high school, to no matter different preparations they should make for that youngster to have the ability to study from residence, and that’s aggravating, added to the entire different issues that they’re already navigating,” Alberta Colleges Council Affiliation president Brandi Rai stated.
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Rai stated a major concern for a lot of dad and mom is the decreased engagement with faculties on account of the pandemic.
Rai stated whereas she is grateful for a presentation by Schooling Minister Adriana LaGrange in the course of the convention, dad and mom have been dissatisfied they didn’t have the chance to ask her questions.
“Participating dad and mom in training isn’t a one-way avenue the place we simply give info to them or we simply give selections to them; they’re a part of the method from begin to end as a result of these are their youngsters, and I feel that’s actually necessary,” Rai stated.
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Throughout Friday and Saturday’s convention, dad and mom participated in studying classes, group dialogues and listened to keynote speaker’s displays.
The annual basic assembly might be held Sunday, the place members will vote on resolutions put ahead on the convention that might then change into advocacy insurance policies.
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