Peace Wapiti Public School Division made it unanimous amongst local school divisions not to pilot the new Alberta K-6 curriculum in the coming 2021-22 school year.
“The basis of our decision is timing,” says PWPSD Superintendent Bob Stewart. “Our school staff and classroom experts are currently engaged in one of the most challenging years in education in recent history. We believe that mandating the pilot, or offering it as an option, whether whole or in part, is not in the best interest of staff wellness.”
“Overall, our review of the content aligns with similar feedback shared by several other education systems and stakeholders throughout the province, namely that some concepts may not be grade-level appropriate for students.”
PWPSD administration will possibly establish some limited focus groups for staff and faculty who want to provide feedback to the government.
Parents and the community-at-large are also being encouraged to examine the proposed K-6 curriculum by subject and grade and then provide input in the Alberta Education survey on the matter that will remain open until next spring. Those interested can find the draft curriculum online at alberta.ca/curriculum.
Capital projects prioritized
The Peace Wapiti board of trustees also prioritized the school division’s capital plan for the coming years during a meeting Thursday afternoon.
The priorities are as follows:
- Construction of a replacement Grades 8-12 school to replace the crowded Peace Wapiti Academy, preferably north of Grande Prairie.
- Construction of a Grades 9-12 school within the county.
- Modernization of the current Bonanza school.
- Construction of a new K-8 school in the Clairmont area.