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ATM: Upholding Rights and Responsibilities for a Strong Community


Today, I want to talk about the two main responsibilities of public education in Alberta: ensuring student learning outcomes are met and providing a safe and caring space for all students and staff. These responsibilities are outlined in the Alberta Education Act, and they are the foundation of a strong community, and a strong Alberta.

Our schools are not just places of learning; they are also a reflection of our community. 

Education is not just about acquiring knowledge; it's about developing the skills and values needed to become responsible citizens. Our students have the right to learn in a safe and supportive environment, but with that right comes the responsibility to respect teachers, peers, and the rules at school. By upholding your responsibilities, our students are not only protecting their own rights, but also the rights of others in their community.

As staff and parents, we have a responsibility to create an environment where all students, staff, and parents feel valued, respected, and supported. This means embracing diversity, promoting inclusivity, and addressing any form of discrimination or bullying when it is brought to our attention. When we work together to uphold the rights of the collective, we build a stronger, more resilient community.

Remember, rights and responsibilities go hand in hand. 

When we fulfill our responsibilities, we ensure that our rights and the rights of others are protected. This is the foundation of a strong community, where we work together despite our differences to create a better future for all.

It is important that each of us, regardless of our role in the Foothills School Division community, continue to uphold our responsibilities, respect the rights of others, and work towards a more just and equitable society. 

Together, we can build a community where everyone can thrive and succeed.

Yours in learning,

Superintendent-Schools-Fuzessy-12.pngChris Fuzessy
Superintendent of Schools

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