A message from Ted Fransen, Superintendent/CEO
This is truly an unprecedented time in all our lives. The COVID-19 pandemic and province-wide class suspension has created unexpected challenges for all of us. While some things may seem uncertain, there is one thing I can say with full certainty - our community, school leaders, educators, behind the scenes staff, students and families are remarkable.
We are a resilient group and together we continue to support, in different ways than usual, more than 15,000 students.
A few days before the class suspension began, Pembina Trails leadership team gathered to go over the massive logistics of our learning from home transitional plan. We began the meeting by watching the iconic “Failure is Not an Option” scene out of the film Apollo 13. If you have a few minutes and need some inspiration, I suggest you watch it here.
While likely overplayed and dramatic, it is representative of who we are and how we each aim to live up to our motto, Accomplish Anything. In the spirit of Apollo 13, we are confident that you’ve got this!
We have already witnessed our staff, students and families rising to the occasion in ways that were beyond our greatest expectations.
On behalf of our senior administration team and board of trustees we would like to offer our sincere thanks to:
- Our parents, doing the best they can to keep kids happy, calm and feeling safe.
- Our learning information and technologies team, has responded to roughly 75 per cent more inquiries than normal.
- Our educators, quickly learning new tools and platforms that assist online education.
- Our custodial and transportation team, for keeping our buildings and buses clean and safe.
- Our secretary-treasurer department, who are the financial backbone of the division.
- Our students, who remain eager and willing to learn from kitchen counters and living rooms.
We are mindful that there is no possible way to highlight and show our appreciation to every person and every role, currently making a positive difference during these trying times. Please take care of yourselves and one another. To stay connected, please visit this website and follow Pembina Trails on social media. We are committed to keeping our community informed on any new developments.
Ted Fransen, Superintendent/CEO