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COVID-19 Update October 19, 2021

Published: Oct. 19, 2021 3:12 p.m.

There have been some recent changes in the way schools are managing the COVID-19 pandemic, notably around the government’s guidance on how families will be notified of positive COVID-19 cases.

Dear Families,

As the school year moves forwards with as much normality as possible for students to experience success and connection, we continue to balance this with the health and safety of everyone. We remain extremely thankful to you all, for your ongoing commitment to supporting a safe environment that maintains a focus on supporting the ongoing growth and development of all of our students.  

There have been some recent changes in the way schools are managing the COVID-19 pandemic, notably around the government’s guidance on how families will be notified of positive COVID-19 cases. 

Alberta Health Services has updated the Parent Guide which provides further information about general protocols, isolation requirements, vaccination information and other good public health practices.

Important things to note:

  • AHS will notify the school if a student was positive and infectious while at school.
     
  • We will then notify parents whose children were exposed to an infectious case at school (in the coming weeks AHS will take over this role of notifying parents).
     
  • Parents/Guardians should continue to complete the daily screener every day before sending their children to school. 
     
  • Parents/Guardians should continue to fill in the online absence form.
     
  • Grade 3-6 classes will shift to temporary at-home online learning if three or more positive cases are reported to have been in school, in the same class, while infectious in a five-day period. If such a situation occurs, temporary at-home learning will initially be a period of ten days (we will strive to make any shift to online learning as smooth and supportive as possible).  
     
  • Due to the fact that grade 7-12 students are eligible for vaccinations, the government recommendations do not currently have expectations for any transition to online learning for this age group.

In the coming weeks, AHS will be providing more details about targeted at-home rapid testing for staff and students from K-6. If the time comes where some of our classes are eligible for targeted at-home rapid testing, we will share information with those families directly. Please note that when this comes available, it is completely voluntary and not a requirement.

We know that everyone is feeling somewhat worn down by the ongoing pandemic, but we are confident that we can continue to keep doing everything possible to maintain the positive experiences and successes for all of our students and families at Foothills. In light of this, and the state of emergency in the Province, Foothills Academy has also chosen to require all staff members to be fully vaccinated by December 17th or to receive negative rapid test results every 72 hours.   

Thank you all so much once again, and feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have,

Sincerely,

Simon Williams