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COVID-19 Protocols for September 2021 (Updated September 16)

Published: Sept. 16, 2021 4:50 p.m.

As you are likely aware, yesterday the Premier announced a state of public health emergency, in an attempt to combat the ongoing spread of COVID-19. The measures imposed by the government include protections for schools.

As you are likely aware, yesterday the Premier announced a state of public health emergency, in an attempt to combat the ongoing spread of COVID-19.  The measures imposed by the government include protections for schools.  At the start of this school year we shared our ongoing safety protocols, which went above and beyond the requirements of the province.  Due to us having maintained our COVID-19 protocols around masking, cohorting classes in Team One, and limiting after school activities, we are still exceeding the requirements of the current state of public health emergency.  

We maintain that it is very important for students to experience a consistent school life that supports academics, and social & emotional needs; whilst providing a safe and caring environment for all.  We want to thank all students, parents and staff for their ongoing understanding and cooperation, as we strive to work together to ensure that all of our students’ needs are met as effectively as possible during this ongoing pandemic.

  • Anybody with core Covid symptoms must receive a negative test result, or isolate for a minimum of 10 days, or until symptoms resolve, before returning to school.
     
  • Masks will be required on buses (this is a provincial mandate).
     
  • Continue to require masks in all common areas of the building, and in classrooms.  Students will continue to be allowed to have mask breaks when sitting at their desks in the classroom.
     
  • Classroom layouts remain the same and therefore social distancing is required when possible.
     
  • Classroom layouts remain the same and therefore social distancing is required when possible.
     
  • All students will continue using respectively designated entrances to school as per last year (see diagram below for specifics).
     
  • Resume after school Homework Club (further information will be coming regarding after-school sports).
     
  • Everyone entering the building and each classroom will be required to sanitize their hands.
     
  • Deep cleaning of classrooms and common areas will continue. 
     
  • Resume some intramural activities and clubs during lunchtimes.
     
  • Require Team One grades to remain in cohorts. 
     
  • Parents will continue to be required to use the self-assessment tool with their children.  Nobody is allowed in school with core symptoms of COVID-19. 
     
  • Self-Assessment COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist
     
  • All absences will continue to be reported to school via our online absence form (Student Absence 2021 -2022).
     
  • Students falling sick with core symptoms whilst at school will still be required to go to the medical isolation room and be picked up during the school day.
     
  • Students will not be required to isolate if they are close contacts, although we will notify parents of positive cases in the school whenever they are reported to us.
     
  • We will continue to restrict visitors into the building, and continue to have a drop-off area at the front doors for parents to leave items for students.

Considering the fact that we have students in younger grades who are unable to be vaccinated, as well as having students and  staff who are medically vulnerable, we must remain vigilant about COVID-19.

We all have a role in helping to keep school and our community safe, and so we strongly urge all families and eligible students, to follow provincial recommendations and receive vaccines as soon as possible.

We want to thank you all for your support.  All of our students are doing an excellent job in working to follow the protocols to keep themselves and the community safe; so much kudos to them all.  We will continue to monitor the situation so that we can make decisions based upon student health, wellness, happiness and success. 

Most Sincerely,

Mr. Simon Williams and Dr. Karen MacMillan