Input sought on calendar

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A low number of Instructional and professional development days in the 2013-2014 school year have prompted Prairie Land School Division trustees to invite public input on proposed changes to the school calendar.

During the regular board meeting on Wednesday, January 9, trustees expressed concern that the existing school calendar does not provide the quality of education that students require. The board is inviting community members, stakeholders and parents to review proposed changes to the calendar and provide their input. Information can be found on the school board’s website.

Dual Credit Programs

Opportunities for high school students to receive post secondary credits have been retained thanks to the continuation of a $97,000 dual credit funding grant. Dual Credit programs allow students to

earn post secondary credits while still in high school. The funds will be used to support student enrollment In Red Deer College’s Paving Health Pathways program.

Prairie Land School Division has partnered with Lakeland College and East Central Alberta Catholic Schools to allow students to earn dual credits In courses related to Early Childhood Education, Environmental Sustainability and Heavy Oil and Gas, Fifty-five students have expressed Interest in enrolling In these dual credit programs starting in February

School Lockdown

The Sandy Hook school shootings have prompted trustees to direct administration to review the board’s lockdown and emergency preparedness procedures. The move is meant to ensure schools and faculty have a consistent understanding of the board’s procedures and to ensure students are kept safe during a crisis.

School lockdowns occur for a number of reasons, Including threats Inside or outside of the school. In early November Delia school was placed in lockdown while Drumheller RCMP tracked an armed fugitive in the town.

Those interested in reviewing their school’s lockdown procedures are invited to contact the school’s principle or consult the school’s health and safety manual on the Prairie Land School/Division’s website.

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