What measures are in place to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19?
Strategies to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus include:
- Daily screening for all staff and students
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting routines, including daily cleaning for all areas of the school, washrooms and high-touch surface cleaned several times a day and a regularly scheduled deep cleaning when students are not present
- Strict stay-at-home policy for any students or staff exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19
- Physical distancing guidelines
- Reorganization of rooms to allow for more physical space
- Cohorting of students by class where possible
- Hand hygiene expectations when entering and exiting the school, before and after eating
- Continual reminders of the importance of respiratory etiquette (e.g. cover coughs and sneezes, avoid touching the face and disposal of used tissues promptly, followed by hand hygiene)
- A no sharing policy, all students should have their own supplies
- Where sharing of equipment is required, the equipment should be cleaned between uses
- Posters to reinforce measures will be strategically placed in classrooms and around the school.
- Guiding foot traffic flow through entrances and hallways by using markers on the floor
- Assemblies and other large school-wide events will be held virtually
What do I need to do before my child comes to school?
Parents should monitor their child for symptoms. Before leaving home each day, parents are expected to screen their child using the Daily Screening Questionnaire. Anyone who reports symptoms should stay home, seek health care advice as appropriate (eg. Call Health Link 8-1-1, your primary health care practitioner, or 9-1-1 for emergency response), and fill out the AHS Online Self-Assessment tool to determine if the child should be tested.
Ensure your child has washed their hands before arrival and that they know to stay 2 metres from their fellow students/teachers. If you are dropping off your child, please do not leave your vehicle.
Please send your child with a filled water bottle.
What do students do upon arrival at school?
Drop-off/pick-up times will be staggered to limit the number of students entering the building at one time. Staff will be stationed at doors and students will receive a spray of liquid hand sanitizer and then proceed to their classrooms.
Will staff and students be expected to wear masks?
Staff and students will not be mandated to wear masks. We do recommend, however, that all students have a mask with them as part of their supplies. Masks may be recommended for particular activities and considered in circumstances where there is prolonged close contact (greater than 15 minutes) and distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained.
Students who ride the bus will be in closer proximity to other students on the bus. Parents are strongly encouraged to consider having their child wear masks while riding the bus.
Teachers will endeavour to ensure students who choose to wear masks are not stigmatized.
How will physical distancing be implemented in schools?
Physical distancing (2 metre spacing) is challenging in a K-12 school setting, particularly with younger students.
The following strategies will be implemented where possible:
- Students will be reminded to avoid close greetings (e.g. hugs, high-fives, fist bumps, etc.) and to “keep your hands to yourself.”
- Desks and furniture will be spaced apart to maximize space
- Pick-up and drop-off times will be staggered
- Traffic flows will be managed in hallways and common areas
- Group activities will be adapted to minimize physical contact
How will students stay safe on the bus?
Students will have assigned seats for the duration of the bus ride. Families will be seated together. Students will be directed to maintain physical distancing while loading and unloading the bus. Students who ride the bus will be in close proximity to other students, so parents are strongly encouraged to have their child wear a mask on the bus. Seat backs and handrails will be disinfected between each route. To reduce crowding, all families who can make alternate transportation arrangements are encouraged to do so.
What happens if my child exhibits symptoms during the school day?
Should a student exhibit symptoms during the day that student will be moved to a flu isolation room and provided a mask. The school will then contact the parent or guardian to come and pick up their child within ONE hour. Please ensure the school has the emergency contact information should you be unavailable to pick up your child.
What will happen if there is a positive case of Covid-19 in the school?
Any school authority/school connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 will be contacted by Alberta Health Services and a public health investigation will take place. The decision to send a cohort/class home or to close a school will be made in consultation with the local Medical Officer of Health.
How will students with special needs be supported?
Schools will enable the full participation and inclusion of students with disabilities. In circumstances in which students who require specialized support and services are not able to follow guidelines and require support and adaptation to public health measures, plans will be developed to ensure their inclusion.
Are parents and visitors permitted in the school?
The number of parent volunteers and visitors in the school will be limited. Parents/guardians can attend the school if they are required. A visitor cannot enter the school if they are ill or any “Yes” to any of the questions on the Screening Questionnaire. All visitors must sign in at the front office.
What will happen if the Ministry announces additional health measures such as reducing the number of students allowed in the building at one time?
In this event, schools may need to divide students into two groups.
CTR would likely divide students into two groups on a two-day rotation according to last names.
- Last name A-K on Mondays and Tuesdays
- Last name L-Z on Wednesdays and Thursdays
- Fridays would alternate A-K and L-Z
What is "Synchronous, Interactive, Live Streaming"?
It is Learning Together Online and In Class.
This option will only be used in the event the Ministry limits the number of students allowed in the school at one time (ie 50%) or if at-home learning is mandated.
Please note: Synchronous, Interactive, Live-Streaming is not the optimal learning experience and will only be used in extreme cases, or if the Ministry moves to Scenario 2. In the event the Ministry calls for total distance learning due to a second spike, or in the event that CTR determines there is a significant, prolonged, and school-wide spike in absenteeism due to Covid-19, our schools are preparing to transition to deliver live-streamed lessons to large numbers of students learning at home by necessity. The live-streaming delivery can be used in either scenario, and unlike our current methods, students will receive direct instruction and normal assessment on the full curriculum throughout the day with the possibility for more interaction, engagement, and support.