K-12 Education Funding Temporarily Adjusted

K-12 Education Funding Temporarily Adjusted
Posted on 04/06/2020
On Saturday, March 28 Alberta Education announced a change in funding for all K-12 school authorities. The change was identified as a 51% reduction to each school authority’s total transportation funding for April, May, and June and a 14% reduction in the Base Instruction Grant for May and June. Substitute teachers, educational assistants, support staff, and bus drivers are all funded out of those grants.

High Prairie School Division, along with all other school authorities in the province, had to make some very difficult decisions to meet this new funding directive from Alberta Education. In total, 150 people will be temporarily laid off for the remainder of the school year. Layoff notices have been delivered to school bus drivers, educational assistants, secretaries, library technicians, central office support staff, and transportation support staff. No summer students will be hired this year either.

These decisions were made in partnership with our school leaders and their staff to ensure student learning would be able to continue. As stated in the announcement from Education Minister Adriana LaGrange, "Any staff impacted by these funding adjustments will qualify for the federal government’s enhanced employment insurance program and other support programs for Canadian workers". Additionally, High Prairie School Division will continue to pay the employer portion of the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan (ASEBP) benefits for all those laid off until the end of the school year.

This is a very difficult time in education, in our province, and in our world. We appreciate your continued support and understanding as we work through this new challenge together. At this time, our thoughts are with the valued staff who are at the heart of these decisions. 
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