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September 16, 2021 – Updates

The following mandatory measures have been implemented effective September 16, 2021.

Preschool: Masks will not be required in Preschool, but will be supported if parents want their child to wear it.

Kindergarten to Grade 3: Masks will be required when moving, in close contact or while in common/shared areas.

Grade 4 to 12: Masks will be mandatory for students in grades 4-12. However, similar to last year, masks will not be required while sitting at their desks and maintaining social distancing.

Faculty and Staff: Masking will be mandatory for staff and teachers in all grades.

Daily Health Screening & Pre-existing Conditions

Before leaving home, staff, students and visitors should assess whether they feel well enough to attend school.

Preschool (3 & 4-year-old)

Before leaving home, staff and children who will access the child care, should self-screen or be screened by a parent or guardian for symptoms each day that they enter the centre using the Alberta Health Daily Checklist.

The child care centre will ask parents if the child is feeling well.

Kindergarten to Grade 12

Children under 18, including all students who attend kindergarten through Grade 12 and high school students over 18, must complete the Alberta Health Daily Checklist* for Children under 18 before going to school, child care or other activities.

Adults

School staff and visitors must review the Alberta Health Daily Checklist to determine if they may enter a school.

Before leaving home, staff, students and visitors should assess whether they feel well enough to attend school for any reason.

Parents/guardians should assess their children daily for any new signs or symptoms of illness using the Alberta Daily Health Checklist.

If a student or staff member has any of the following core COVID-19 symptoms (new, or worsening and not related to other known causes), they are required to isolate for 10 days from onset of symptoms, or until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result, as per provincial guidelines:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Sore throat (adults only)
  • Runny nose (adults only)”

**Please note that due to privacy reasons, the school will not check or store this personal medical data.**

Pre-existing conditions

Schools should keep records of children’s known pre-existing conditions. If a child develops symptoms that could be caused by either COVID-19 or by a known pre-existing condition (e.g., allergies), the child should be tested at least once for COVID-19 to confirm that it is not the source of their symptoms before entering or returning to school. This will be considered the student’s baseline health.

Written confirmation by a physician that a student or staff member’s symptoms are due to a chronic illness is not necessary. Repeat testing is not indicated unless the nature of the symptom changes (e.g., a chronic cough worsens).

Mask Update

Effective September 16, 2021:

Preschool: Masks will not be required in Preschool, but will be supported if parents want their child to wear it.

Kindergarten to Grade 3: Masks will be required when moving, in close contact or while in common/shared areas.

Grade 4 to 12: Masks will be mandatory for students in grades 4-12. However, similar to last year, masks will not be required while sitting at their desks and maintaining social distancing.

Faculty and Staff: Masking will be mandatory for staff and teachers in all grades.

What Happens If?

A student/staff develops symptoms while at the Lycée?

They will be asked to wear a non-medical mask and be isolated in a separate room.

The parents of students will be contacted for immediate pick up & should follow AHS guidelines.

Staff will be asked to go home and follow AHS protocols.

AHS will not be informing us if there is a positive COVID-19 case in our school and there will be no school-based contact tracing.

If the classroom teacher is legally required to stay away from school due to AHS isolation protocols, one of our regular substitute teachers will supervise the students in the classroom, and the students’ teacher may lead lessons remotely.

A case of COVID-19 is reported at the Lycée?

In the event the Lycée is informed of a confirmed case, we will send an email to all parents and staff, advising of the positive case.

The grade and class will be identified, however, the person(s) affected will not be identified. Any decision regarding moving to Distance Learning, whether for one or more classes, would be communicated as soon as possible.

Vaccinations

The Lycée strongly encourages students in Grades 7 through 12 and all staff to get vaccinated if not done yet.

The collection and use of information regarding employee and student health, such as vaccination status, is subject to reasonable necessity and will be kept private.

All staff and students born in 2009 or earlier (turning 12+) can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Children under 12 have much lower rates of hospitalization, severe disease and death from COVID-19. However, because children under 12 are not yet able to get the COVID-19 vaccine, it is important that people around them get the vaccine to help decrease the spread of COVID-19 in the community and protect this age group.

Immunizations will be available through temporary clinics in schools for students in Grades 7 to 12 as well as teachers and staff, starting on September 7 (one-shot only).

School Life

Cohorts

• Single class cohorting for Kindergarten to Grade 6.

Exiting & Entering the Building

Cohorts will use separate entrances throughout the school to minimize exposure to other cohorts.

Lunchtime

Preschool, Kindergarten & Elementary students will eat lunch in their respective classrooms.

Secondary students will eat lunch in the last room they had class in during Period 4.

Students will sanitize their desks before and after lunch.

Students who bring packed lunches must take home all their garbage (wrappers, bags, etc).

No sharing will be allowed.

Hot Lunch

Lunches will be prepared in individual containers.

Preschool – Grade 6: delivered directly to outside the classrooms.

Secondary students will pick up their hot lunch from a designated area.

Students are required to bring their own cutlery – the school will not provide utensils.

Extra-curricular Activities & Daycare

Each after-school activity will be considered their own cohort and will not mingle with others.

School Activities

There are no specific restrictions or requirements for school activities and services.

Schools may continue with activities as they normally would.

Events

In-person events (i.e. Back to School BBQ and Welcome Café Croissant are cancelled).

Meet the Teacher Nights will be conducted online.

Parent-Teacher Interviews will be conducted online.

Gatherings & assemblies will be online only.

We hope to resume hosting community events in the future.

Academics

Online Learning

In-school learning will resume in September near-normal conditions.

Online learning will not be provided unless circumstances change drastically.

If required, the decision to move a portion of a school, such as individual grade(s) or class(es) to at-home/online learning will continue to be at the discretion of the local school authority and will take into account any health measures that are in place.

Diploma Exams & Testing

Grade 12 Diploma Exams will be mandatory in the 2021–2022 school year.

The administration of PATs will resume as per normal practice in the 2021–2022 school year.

Physical Education & Climbing

Change rooms will be closed and not accessible. Students should come to school with their Phys-Ed attire.

Climbing activities will resume for students in Kindergarten – Grade 12 under the following measures:

  • Students must sanitize their hands before and after the activity.
  • The climbing wall will be sanitized regularly.
Art & Music

Elementary students will have art and music in their regular classrooms.

Secondary students will have art and music in the Art and Music rooms.

Students will sanitize their desks at the e​​nd of the class.

Library

Library visits and access will resume normally for Kindergarten to Grade 12 classes.

Sets of books will be prepared and brought to the PS-MS classes.

Secondary

Grades 7 to 12 students will go back to a rotary timetable (moving classrooms at each bell).

Desks will be sanitized by students at the e​​nd of each class under the teacher’s supervision.

Lockers will be available for Grades 7 to 12 students’ use. Students should maintain social distancing and take all needed materials for the half-day classes at once in their backpacks.

Grade 6 students will stay in the same room and will keep all school materials in their class.

General Safety

Ventilation

HVAC systems have new filters and increased ventilation.

Air purifiers have been serviced, filters have been changed and they will remain on all day.

Sanitation

Increase the frequency of sanitizing school facilities.

High-touch surfaces & high traffic areas will undergo enhanced cleaning multiple times each day.

Increased hand hygiene will continue to be implemented, including regular use of sanitation stations.

Maintain mandated handwashing at regular intervals.

Lockers

Lockers will be available for students in Grades 7-12 only.

Lockers will NOT be available for Grade 6 or elementary students.

Social Distancing

Social distancing will be encouraged whenever possible.

In circumstances where physical distance is not possible, teachers, staff and students must wear a non-medical face mask to protect one another. See masks section for details.

Building Access

The school will remain closed to parents and visitors.

Parents and teachers are asked to meet virtually.

Parking Lot Closure

The parking lot will be closed daily during drop off and pick up, from 8:15 to 8:45 am and from 3:15 to 3:45 pm.

Additional Resources

Mental Health Support

The Lycée will continue to emphasize students’ mental health and wellbeing.

Alberta Education Resources
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Implementation of this Plan is subject to change depending on the situation and the direction from Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health and Alberta Education.

“Local school authorities have the flexibility and autonomy to manage their school setting and implement practices that go beyond the public health requirements.” – Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education