Home of the Drillers
Oilfields High School is located in Black Diamond, Alberta nestled in the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains and welcomes students in grades 7-12. Oilfields provides students with a quality educational experience through a choice of classroom, self-paced, self-directed alternative learning environments.
Welcome to the 2021-22 school year. Foothills School Division is pleased to announce the resumption of activities such as:
- Local and provincial field trips
- Athletics and Extracurriculars
- All fine arts and options classes
- Special events
- Provincial exams
- Graduations and Celebrations
- School Council meetings
- Volunteers and visitors in schools
On Friday August 13, 2021 Alberta Education released their 2021-2022 School Year Plan. At the same time Alberta Health released their Guidance for Respiratory Illness Prevention & Management in Schools. Within these documents the Government of Alberta has indicated that school restrictions may be removed other than the mandatory wearing of masks on public transportation.
In-school public health measures continue to be a topic of much discussion within our shared community and across Alberta. I have heard various advocacy viewpoints throughout the pandemic and appreciate the common link connecting each perspective - a successful return to in-person learning. We collectively agree that it remains the best option for our children and staff team. I thank each person who reached out to convey their concerns, ideas, and recommendations.
The Foothills School Division response plan can be summed up in four words:
Require - Recommend - Respond - Respect
First, there will be times and circumstances where we require compliance with mandatory provincial health measures. These include:
- Students (K-12) and staff must wear a mask on school bus transportation (to be reviewed by the province on September 27, 2021).
- Daily COVID-19 health check and staying home when sick.
- Promotion of hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
Second, we will recommend strategies as we move forward. We strongly encourage and recommend:
- Students and staff, wear a mask when entering the school, leaving the school, and in common gathering spaces inside the school (i.e. hallways and washrooms).
- Physical distancing wherever possible.
- Class scheduling options that reduce traffic flow in busy areas such as staggered entry, exit and recess / lunch times.
- Cohorting, particularly at the elementary level, although schools may choose to have two or more cohort groups combined for some activities.
Third, we will continue to respond by:
- Reviewing ongoing direction from Alberta Education, Alberta Health Services, and Public Health.
- Updating our FSD 2021-22 School Renewal Handbook with known strategies that reflect what is known about COVID-19 in our community.
- Remaining in communication with our school community by sharing relevant updates and providing opportunities to collect feedback.
- Working with our School Renewal Committee in ensuring that the 2021-22 school year guiding principles remain an area of focus.
Lastly, we respect the personal choices of our students, families, staff, and greater school community. As many individuals are experiencing different comfort levels, it is imperative that we all use good judgement and continue to be considerate and supportive of one another. We navigated the pandemic last year by working together to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff team, and this partnership remains essential as we begin the new school year. We look forward to your support in implementing these risk mitigation measures as a layered approach that will ensure continued activities and in person learning in our schools this year. Together, and supported by each other, we will get through this.
I thank you for your ongoing understanding and cooperation as we step towards a return to normal while striving to provide high quality learning and extracurricular opportunities for our students. Our entire school community is invited to submit their questions, concerns, and feedback on this shared and important work by visiting our school renewal engagement page.
We remain proud to serve our community. If you have any questions you are welcome to contact your teacher, school, or my office. Thank you once again for your ongoing support and partnership with Foothills School Division.
Superintendent of Schools
Superintendent of Schools
Please see the following information regarding CASL legislation and how it effects your students at Oilfields High School.
Please see below for the Oilfields Proffessional Development Bulletin for Decmber 2017