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Livingstone Range offers alternative education

Livingstone Range School has a waiting list for its summer school.

Chad Kuzyk

The school division has also created a summer reading program for students in Grade 1-3 to address gaps created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Associate superintendent of curriculum and innovation Chad Kuzyk updated trustees last week during their June 15 meeting at the G.R. Davis Administration Building in Fort Macleod.

Kuzyk told trustees 55 students are registered for summer school, with five on a waiting list.

Greg Freer is principal of summer school and will teach Social Studies.

Karen Krammer will teach English and Language Arts, Career and Life Management (CALM) and options.

Daphne Yoner will teach Math, Science and Physical Education.

“They will access most of the material on-line,” Kuzyk said.

Kuzyk explained students can access courses virtually using the Hapara learning platform.

Students also have the option to attend in person for support at the Crossroads Campus school in Fort Macleod.

Kelly McCracken will lead the summer reading program for students in Grade 1-3.

Information is available to parents on the Livingstone Range Web site.

Trustees were also told about 50 students have confirmed they will continue home education next year through Livingstone Range.

Kuzyk said plans are to create a “shared responsibility” program for home education. Families will be able to access Livingstone range teachers for at least 20 per cent of their program.

Plans are also to offer presentations from speakers as well as field trips for home education students.

Kuzyk told trustees about 40 students are anticipated next year for the international student program.

Thirteen students are to attend Willow Creek Composite in Claresholm, 10 at F.P. Walshe school in Fort Macleod, seven at Livingstone school in Lundbreck, six each at Crowsnest Consolidated and J.T. Foster school in Nanton, and five at Matthew Halton school in Pincher Creek.

Home stay co-ordinators are Jennifer Ziebert for Lundbreck and Pincher Creek and Jody Rice for Crowsnest Pass. A co-ordinator is not yet named for Nanton, Claresholm and Fort Macleod.

Kuzyk told trustees work is ongoing to develop a “robust” virtual school in Livingstone Range to provide more courses for high school students.

Trustees supported the work on alternative forms of schooling.

“I think it’s super important that we have it,” school board chair Lori Hodges said. ‘And I’m excited to see how it moves forward from here.”