Alberta school association receives grant to study impact of COVID-19

The survey will also provide the ASCA with an opportunity to learn which interventions or supports parents believe would be most beneficial for their children.

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The Alberta School Councils’ Association has received a $15,000 grant to examine the perceived effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on academic development and student social and mental health.

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The grant, provided by Alberta Education, is for a survey of parents or primary caregivers of K-12 students, where they can share their views on their child’s academic growth, progress learning, social, emotional and mental health, and potential losses or gaps resulting from learning disruptions during COVID-19.

Survey responses will provide the Alberta School Boards Association (ASCA) Board of Directors with insights into the educational experience during the pandemic and will be used to advocate for changes to help students succeed.

“As a provincial partner in education, the ASCA advocates on behalf of parents through its member school councils and often undertakes activities to represent the collective perspectives of parents and guardians of Alberta students to of the Minister of Education and other education partners and stakeholders,” Brandi Rai, President of ASCA, said in a press release.

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“We are grateful to the Minister of Education for providing ASCA with project funding to conduct this survey with a wide audience. Throughout the pandemic, we have heard the concerns of parents at the Alberta regarding academic progress, social/emotional growth and mental health issues.

The survey will also provide the ASCA with the opportunity to learn which interventions or supports parents believe will be most beneficial for their children.

“With these perspectives gathered in one place, ASCA can focus on influencing positive change that will benefit all students in Alberta,” Rai said.

ASCA is the provincial association that represents parents on school councils and works to build strong school communities and give parents a voice in their children’s education.

The ASCA says the anonymous survey, which takes less than 10 minutes to complete, can be found on the ASCA’s website. It will close at 9 a.m. on July 11. The results will be shared with the Ministry of Education after closing.

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