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Staggered Entry 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to school—and for those of you who are new to LA this year, we are looking forward to meeting you!

On July 21, the Minister of Education announced we would return to school under Scenario 1. This will be a new schooling experience for us all, and we intend to progress with care and deliberateness in order to ensure a successful school year. Our school division has outlined a School Re-Entry Plan based on recommendations by the Chief Medical Officer of Health and Alberta Education. Part of this plan is a staggered entry for all grades.

To help our students understand the new rules and procedures in our schools, we will stagger our entry at the beginning of the school year. On these days, a smaller group of students (approximately one-third of the student population) will attend. Having a reduced population for your child’s first day of school will allow greater care and attention to helping everyone acclimate to hand washing protocols, safe ways to move within the classrooms and school, and the proper use of masks. It will also provide students and teachers an opportunity to begin building critically supportive relationships together.

The chart below determines their first day of school. Please plan for your child to attend their designated staggered start day. They can bring all of their school supplies with them on this day.


All students will attend together beginning Thursday, September 3.


All students will be entering the building using the front entrance only. We will have four well marked exits for students to use later in the day.
Parents are not permitted to enter the building on their child’s staggered entry date. IF you require a meeting, please organize this ahead of time by contacting the front office.
Your child will be greeted by staff at the front entrance and will be directed accordingly.
Students can arrive with their supplies in their backpacks. WE WILL NOT BE ISSUING LOCKERS to begin the year. Each student will be responsible for his or her belongings for the duration of the day.
Students must have a filled water bottle as we will not be using water fountains for drinking. Our fountains can be used to refill water bottles.

Additional information will continue to arrive in your inbox. Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we continue to prepare for the upcoming year. We are very much looking forward to it!

Lorne Akins Junior High School