Feedback

Northern Lights Public Schools is committed to providing stakeholders with meaningful opportunities to provide input on a variety of different topics and issues.

The following feedback opportunities are currently available to all stakeholders in Northern Lights Public Schools - students, parents, staff and the community.

2021-2022 Draft School Calendar - Deadline: February 5

The Northern Lights Public Schools Board of Trustees is looking for feedback on its draft 2021-2022 school calendar.

DRAFT CALENDAR: 2021-2022 Draft School Calendar

The proposed calendar includes three Professional Development Days that have not been included in previous division calendars. These are days when there will be no school for students while staff participate in professional learning opportunities. They were added to the calendar to provide staff with time to focus on professional development related to the division's mental health and numeracy priorities, school-based priorities, and upcoming curriculum changes.

One of the PD days will take place in August, prior to students starting school. The other two will be on November 26 and March 10. This will reduce the overall number of instructional days from 180 to 178. There are a total of 192 operational days, an increase from 190.5 in the current year.

As with previous calendars, the 2021-2022 draft calendar includes four-day weekends coinciding with Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day, and Victoria Day, a two-week break at Christmas, and a spring break that coincides with Easter.

Previous feedback from stakeholders has indicated support for Family Fridays and a preference to avoid early dismissal days. There are a total of six Family Fridays included in the draft calendar and no early dismissal days. 

The calendar was developed by a committee that includes two school administration representatives and two Alberta Teachers’ Association local representatives. They reviewed a number of factors that impact the school calendar including provincial diploma exam and achievement test schedules, average number of instructional and operational days in other Alberta school jurisdictions, the requirement to have 950 hours of instructional time at the elementary school level and 1,000 hours in high school, and the caps on instructional and assignable time for teachers. 

To share your thoughts about the draft calendar, please send an email to feedback.nlsd@nlsd.ab.ca before Friday, February 5. The Board will review the feedback received prior to considering final approval of the calendar. The finalized calendar will be shared with all stakeholders once it is approved by the Board.

Thank you in advance for your feedback.

Cold Lake Configuration Update

After reviewing all of the feedback received to date, the committee decided that it would like to further consult with parents and the community before making a recommendation on how to proceed to the NLPS Board of Trustees.

The committee also identified the need to share more information and clarify some aspects of the scenarios that have been presented to the community. Poll responses from the consultation sessions indicated that approximately 25% of participants felt they did not have enough information to select a preferred scenario or were uncertain. Additionally, the feedback shared in the consultations noted some scenarios that had been eliminated by the committee during its deliberations for one reason or another. The committee will spend some time looking at the scenarios in greater depth to provide additional information to stakeholders.

To assist the committee with determining what additional details may be helpful and what information stakeholders would like to know about the proposed scenarios, we are asking students, parents, staff and the community to submit their questions or areas they would like clarified to feedback.nlsd@nlsd.ab.ca prior to Monday, January 11th.

The consultation presentation from November is available on our website as a video and as a PDF for anyone who would like to review what has already been presented: Cold Lake Configuration Presentation - November 2020.

The committee will meet in January to review all of the questions that have been submitted and determine what the next phase of consultations will look like. Details will be shared once they have been finalized.