FMCSD Not Piloting Draft Curriculum for K-6

The Fort McMurray Catholic School District won’t pilot the provincial government’s draft K-6 curriculum.

After consultation with their board of trustees, staff and community, the decision was made not to pilot the draft curriculum for the 2021-22 school year.

The government of Alberta announced in March schools would soon focus on four themes: literacy, numeracy, citizenship, and practical skills.

However, it has received heavy backlash over the lack of alleged consultation, focuses, and more.

“We appreciate the fulsome review and recommendations provided by our curriculum review and senior leadership teams,” said Cathy Langmead, FMCSD Board of Education Chair.

“To pilot or introduce a new curriculum at this time would be a disservice to our staff, students, and families. The events within our region over the last five years, coupled with learning gaps for our students as a result of the pandemic, are key drivers in ensuring the mental health of all within our division remains our top priority.”

The FMCSD is encouraging the community to review the curriculum in full and to take part in the education survey.

“We have excellent teachers dedicated to serving the youth and families of our community.” said George McGuigan, FMCSD Superintendent.

“Our number one goal next year will be to continue to fill gaps in learning that continue to exist with our students. We are a great province with a strong spirit and one of the top educational systems in the world. Let’s heal first and then focus on finalizing our new curriculum.”

The Fort McMurray Public School Division announced their decision not to participate in the curriculum earlier this week.

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