2020-21 COVID-19 Re-Entry Plan
Re- Entry Guidelines & Resources
We are looking forward to welcoming students back to our Academy on September 1st, 2020. Our focus will remain on the safety of our students and staff, and we are developing plans around Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) guidelines for physical distancing, cohorting, hand hygiene, cleaning, etc. to ensure we provide the safest possible environment for your child.
Students have been out of school for a long period of time so we will make sure they feel safe, secure and have a sense of belonging, as these are foundational to the continuity of learning. We will be focusing on essential curriculum to ensure that any transitions among the scenarios are as smooth as possible.
Although we are returning to “near normal”, you will notice some changes. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect, but please note, this information could change. If you still have questions after reviewing the information below, please look at our Questions and Answers page.
Provincial Government Scenarios
1. In-school classes resume (near normal with health measures)
2. In-school classes partially resume (with additional health measures)
3. At-home learning continues (in-school classes are suspended/cancelled)
At this point, the government has indicated their plan is to return to school in the fall under Scenario 1. Please be aware that deciding which scenario to enact is a government decision, not a school division decision, and we could be directed by the government to switch among these scenarios during the school year with very little notice. Our planning includes strategies which will allow us to switch scenarios rapidly and as with as little disruption as possible.
Provincial government return to school info
Parents are required to screen their children using the screening checklists provided below, every day before sending them to school or on the bus. Do not send your child to school if they are sick. If they arrive at school sick or develop symptoms during the day, you will be notified immediately and required to pick up your child. While waiting for pick up, the child will be isolated from others, and expected to wear a mask (when feasible). Please ensure your emergency contact list is up to date, and that someone is available to pick up your child if you are not.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) considers two diagnosed people in a class to be an outbreak. We will follow AHS requirements for notification to other parents if/when this happens. Please refer to the AHS website to review the steps that will be taken if students or staff become ill or are diagnosed with COVID-19.
Please find screening checklists available in multiple languages:
To limit the number of contacts each child and staff member will have, students will be grouped into cohorts in elementary and junior high as much as possible. A cohort is defined as a group of students who remain together. This means that our students will do most of their activities within their own cohort as much as possible. Cohorts helps AHS to enable contact tracing should an outbreak occur.
Technology will be important in any scenario, and even more so if we have to make a sudden switch to Scenario 2 or 3. To reduce the potential spread of any illness, we will limit the number of students accessing each school-owned device (e.g. ChromeBooks) while in school, and they will be cleaned in between uses. However, if parents wish, we would encourage you to consider purchasing or sending with your child your own device. All teachers will be using Google Classroom to reduce the number of papers and materials being passed among students, teachers and home.
Yellow Bus Transportation
New safety measures will be in place on yellow buses. A seating plan will be developed for each bus, with siblings sitting together. To reduce the amount of contact among students, those entering the bus first will proceed to the back. Those last to board will sit at the front. High-contact points on buses will be wiped down between runs. Children will be instructed to avoid touching any surfaces unnecessarily. As physical distancing will not be feasible on the bus, families may choose to have their children wear a mask (please provide masks for your children).
Visitors & Volunteers
To reduce the number of people in our schools, access will be limited to staff, students and families. Schools will not be accepting volunteers (including parent volunteers) or non-essential visitors until further notice.
Field trips will be limited to local, low-risk locations, as many venues may not be in full operation, taking children offsite increases their exposure to a larger number of people, and transportation to and from is difficult.
Currently, playgrounds in the city are open but are not being cleaned. This practice will continue under Scenario 1. Students will be required to wash their hands before and after use, and use will be limited.
Lunch breaks may be shortened, and we encourage students to stay at school during lunch as nearby convenience stores and restaurants will be limiting capacity and will likely have long lineups. To limit contact points, vending machines will not be operating next year. Cafeterias will be closed or will only serve foods that are pre-packaged or can be served by a staff member. Please ensure your children have a full lunch with them, as options will be limited. Microwave use will also be eliminated or limited so please consider using thermoses for hot food or sending food that does not need to be heated up.
Questions & Answers
As decisions are still being made, and some information will change during the upcoming weeks, we are committed to keeping our families informed about our relaunch. If you have a question that is not answered, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.