The safety and well-being of students, families and staff is our greatest priority. We’re taking new precautions during the 2020-21 school year to protect everyone’s health.
Families can help do their part by completing the Government of Alberta’s new COVID-19 daily checklist for students (including students over 18). The checklist helps families determine if it is safe for their child to attend school.
Read our COVID-19 Re-entry Strategy to learn about steps we’re taking to keep students and staff as safe as possible in our schools. This strategy outlines important guidelines around screening for illness, handwashing and sanitizing, physical distancing where possible, extra cleaning and disinfecting measures, cohorts, masks and personal protective equipment (PPE).
In some cases, our Division strategy may exceed requirements set out by the province. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, schools will follow the guidelines in our Division strategy.
UPDATED OCTOBER 21
For the 2020-21 school year, students in Grade 6 and 9 will not write the Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs). We’ve heard from many of our families and schools that writing tests like this are adding pressure and anxiety. By opting out, we hope to alleviate some of the stress students are experiencing as a result of COVID-19. If you have any questions, contact your principal.
UPDATED OCTOBER 16
Students can decide whether or not to write diploma exams for November 2020. This will help reduce some of the challenges students are facing as a result of COVID-19. Students are encouraged to talk to their family and teachers, and review more information from Alberta Education.
In-person classes might not be the right choice for all families during the 2020-21 school year, depending on their personal circumstances and well-being. That is why we are offering online learning throughout 2020-21.
The family choice deadlines help us make decisions about teaching assignments and what resources are needed to support your child’s learning for the next quarter. Learn more about the quarterly system.
The family choice deadlines help us make decisions about teaching assignments and what resources are needed to support your child’s learning for the next quarter.
After each family choice deadline, students cannot move from in-person to online learning until the next quarter.
|IF PARENTS CHOOSE TO||WHAT HAPPENS|
|Keep their child home after the deadline||
|Move their child to in-person learning after the deadline||
Schools and classes will look different as we all follow new health measures. We have a shared responsibility to protect each other’s well-being and help maintain a safe school environment. Our Division Re-entry Strategy outlines important guidelines around wearing masks, staying at home when ill, physical distancing, enhanced cleaning and more.
Everyone is expected to follow the Government of Alberta’s health-screening requirements.
The daily checklist for students is available in multiple languages.
Families and visitors are not required to submit the checklist. It is a tool to assess whether or not you can enter the school.
Masks are an important way to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, particularly when people are indoors and physical distancing is a challenge. Masks are included on school supply lists, and every student in the Division is provided with two reusable masks. Schools keep a small supply of masks available in case a student forgets to bring theirs.
Wearing a mask is required for all staff, even when wearing face shields, and students in Grades 4 to 12 because it is not possible to physically distance in all of our classrooms.
Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 are encouraged to wear a mask if they are physically, psychologically or developmentally able to do so.
Individuals who are physically, psychologically or developmentally unable to wear a mask, or if they cannot wear one for reasons under the Alberta Human Rights Act, are not required to wear a mask. Talk to your school principal if this applies to your child. Learn more about how to choose and wear a mask.
We understand how important it is to keep you informed about what’s happening at your child’s school.
If a case of COVID-19 is confirmed in your school and your child is required to isolate, your school will contact you directly to let you know. Your child’s school will support their learning while they remain at home.
Alberta Health Services and school officials work together to: