Frank Spragins High School Where Everyone Belongs



Dear Frank Spragins students and families,


The directions from the Alberta government and Alberta Education are developing and changing quite rapidly - and we now have additional information to share with you that will significantly change the plan that was shared with you on November 25th. You will all recall the announcement of a state of public health emergency by our premier on November 24th, as well the additional measures announced in conjunction to this state of emergency - including the announcement that Grades 7 to 12 students province-wide will move to at-home learning (Scenario 3 of the 2020-2021 School Re-Entry Plan) effective November 30th. However, late yesterday afternoon Alberta Education announced some exceptions to this directive. The wording of the announcement of these exceptions is as follows:


Supporting students with disabilities and in outreach programs

All students with disabilities who require support and services in any grade and students in outreach programs can continue to receive supports and services in-person at school, regardless of the shifts to at-home learning before and after the winter break.

  • This exemption for in-person learning was based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
  • In consultation with parents, schools are expected to continue to provide students with disabilities with services and support they need.
  • Parents should work with their teacher and school principal on appropriate arrangements.


Given that Frank Spragins is designated as being an outreach high school, this significantly changes our direction moving forward, and essentially cancels a portion of the notification that was sent out to you on November 25th. In light of this latest announcement by Alberta Education, Frank Spragins High School will now NOT be changing our operations, and in-person at-school learning will proceed as usual; effective immediately. Students are welcome to continue coming to the school as per usual, just like they have been prior to the government’s November 24th announcement. Students will still be expected to follow the COVID-19 safety protocols that have been in place since the beginning of the school year. We are very happy that we are going to be able to continue to serve our students in-person.


As previously announced, all diploma exams for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year will be optional. This will not change. The decision to write diploma exams resides with students and their families. Students will receive an exemption if they choose not to write an exam, however if an exam is written it will continue to be worth 30% of their final mark. All coursework is still required to be completed.


We apologize for this rapidly changing information. We are certainly trying to keep up with the changing directives from Alberta Education to the best of our abilities, and we will always endeavour to share information with you as soon as it becomes available to us. I have no doubt that you are as frustrated as we are with this ever-evolving state of affairs.


With all of these emerging developments, we have no doubt that some of you will have additional questions, and we certainly encourage you to contact the school for any additional information that you may require. As a school, we will continue to strive to support our students to the best of our ability during these uncertain times.





James Hayward


Principal - Frank Spragins High School