Policies & Guidelines

Return to School

As announced by the Alberta government, students and staff have returned to school under Scenario 1, which means that in-school classes have resumed under near-normal operations with additional health measures. However, we should all be prepared to move between any of the three scenarios outlined in the provincial school re-entry plan. Changes to scenarios will be determined by Alberta Education.

Our school plans are based on the direction of Alberta Education and the Chief Medical Officer of Health. We encourage families to review the Alberta Education K to 12 School Re-entry Plan for more details.

Mask Policy

Mask use is new for all of us. As with any learning, students’ mask use will be regularly assessed to provide the best age-appropriate teaching, guidance and encouragement, and to ensure the safety of our school community.

Mask use continues to be mandatory in shared spaces for all staff, and for students in Grade 4 and above. While parents may choose to send their younger child (grade 3 and below) to school with a non-medical mask, we will not mandate other students of the same age to do the same. 

There will be times when wearing a mask negatively impacts students’ learning or health. In these instances, our teachers will request that a student temporarily removes their mask while ensuring physical distancing is respected. 

For example, the Lycée will not allow students to wear masks during recess nor during physical education without a medical note, as this can become an unintended hazard (for example, physical injury if caught on playground equipment). As per page 5 of Alberta’s “Guidance for Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation” document, “masks cannot be assured to stay in place, and there is evidence to suggest that wearing a mask during high-intensity activity could have negative health effects”.

Additionally, our teachers may request that masks be removed to ensure fluid communication between students and teacher, or for proper language acquisition and/or pronunciation activities. When learning a second or third language, it is of utmost importance that teachers are able to clearly hear their students’ voice, and to see the shape of one’s mouth when forming different sounds or pronouncing different words.

We take our students’ education, health and wellness very seriously and thank all members of the Lycee community for respecting and adhering to the Lycee’s policy on mask use. 

Daily Health Screening

“Before leaving home, staff, children/students, visitors, and volunteers who will access the school for work or education, must self-screen for symptoms each day that they enter the school using the Alberta Health Daily Checklist .”

Parents can fill out the online version of the form: K-12  or 3 & 4-year-old. This form will need to be completed on a daily basis. As per government guidelines, “If an individual answers YES to any of the questions, they should stay home and will not be allowed to attend or participate in the activity or program“.

It is the parents/ responsibility to complete this form each morning before your children arrive at school. Children who develop or exhibit symptoms throughout the day will be isolated and parents will be asked to pick up their child immediately. At the preschool levels (3 year-old and 4 year-old students), we will refuse entrance to students in those grades who have not completed the form.

Anyone who reports symptoms will be directed to stay home, seek health care advice as appropriate (e.g., call Health Link 811, or their primary health care practitioner, or 911 for emergency response), and fill out the AHS Online Self-Assessment tool to determine if they should be tested.

Symptoms

A student who presents symptoms that could be caused by either COVID-19 or by a known pre-existing condition (e.g., allergies) should be tested for COVID-19 to confirm that it is not the source of their symptoms before entering or returning to school.

Should your child exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 that are not attributable to a pre-existing condition, the child must be kept home. They need to stay home until you get a negative COVID-19 test result and the child is symptom-free. They can then come back to school as soon as the symptoms have disappeared and you inform us about the test result. This policy is mandated by Alberta Health Services.

For those parents that do not wish for their child to be tested, then such child must stay at home for a minimum of 10 days and until he/she is symptom-free. This policy is mandated by AHS. We appreciate every member of the school community abiding by these measures as we know it takes a collective effort to keep our students, staff and families healthy and safe.

Pre-existing conditions

A student who presents symptoms that could be caused by either COVID-19 or by a known pre-existing condition (e.g., allergies) should be tested for COVID-19 to confirm that it is not the source of their symptoms before entering or returning to school.

Families of children with allergies or other pre-existing medical conditions should provide the school with both a negative COVID-19 test result and a note from the doctor about the pre-existing medical condition and related symptoms. These (non-COVID-19) symptoms would become their baseline health status. The student can attend school as long as the symptoms stay the same. Please contact us about your child’s pre-existing medical conditions so we may keep a confidential record of these conditions.

We appreciate every member of the school community abiding by these measures as we know it takes a collective effort to keep our students, staff and families healthy and safe.

School Protocols

Several enhanced protocols will be implemented to keep the Lycée community safe. Below you will find some of these procedures and guidelines.

Enhanced Cleaning

High traffic, high touch surfaces, and bathrooms will be cleaned several times a day.

An electrostatic disinfectant sprayer will also be used throughout the school and in playground areas between uses.

Our professional cleaners are following the strict prescriptive guidelines set out by the Alberta Government.

All soft materials such as carpets, cushions and plush toys will be removed from classrooms as these items cannot be easily cleaned.

The school’s HVAC system has been enhanced to increase the flow and intake of fresh air. Filters will be changed frequently to ensure the highest quality of air possible.

Lunch & Hot Lunch Program

Students will eat lunch in their classrooms within their cohort. We recommend packing a cold lunch, or using a thermos as microwaves will be unavailable for reheating lunches.

Hot Lunches will still be available for purchase. They will be packaged individually, eliminating the buffet style, and delivered to each class. Students will be required to bring their own utensils.

Water fountains will not be operational. Contactless water bottle filling stations will continue to be available for student use. We request that students come to school with one or two full water bottles each day.

Masks

Staff and students (Grades 4 – 12) will be required to wear masks at the Lycée in all common areas and whenever physical distancing cannot be maintained.

As per government regulations, common areas include entries, hallways, stairs, science labs, bathrooms, staff lounges, shared office spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained, etc.

Parents are required to provide their child (Grades 4 -12) with a mask/face covering to wear on the first day of school. Afterwards, parents can choose to have their child wear one of the two masks provided by Alberta Education/AHS. These will be distributed to students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 on their first day of school.

One of these masks will need to stay at school to ensure there is always a spare on hand.

If students forget their mask, we will have some disposable ones available.

Non-medical face masks may be considered but are not routinely recommended for younger students in grades K-3. It is recommended that these students instead adhere to the other public health strategies that mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19, such as cohorting, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette to reduce the risk of transmission. Masks are not routinely recommended for younger students in grades K-3 due to difficulties with proper fit, compliance, and less virus transmission among younger children. Younger children may not be able to avoid touching their mask, and this could end up increasing the risk of virus transmission more than not wearing a mask at all.

No Sharing Policy

A no-sharing policy will be strictly enforced across all levels. Students will have their own supplies. No activities that involve sharing food will be permitted between students and/or staff.

Equipment that must be used for a specific activity (i.e.: lab equipment) will be thoroughly sanitized between each use.

All students in Grades 1 through 12 will be assigned individual iPads (in elementary) or MacBooks (in secondary) to eliminate device sharing. In Maternelle (preschool and kindergarten), devices will be disinfected before they are used by a different student.

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing will be strongly encouraged at all times.

Classes have been arranged and desks have been placed to maintain distancing between students.

Signs and arrows will be placed prominently throughout the school to promote physical distancing.

Acrylic barriers and floor decals will also be installed in various locations around the school.

The school will actively promote and monitor physical distancing between all individuals in areas in and outside of the classroom, including hallways, washrooms, and common areas.

This includes spacing out where classes enter/exit the school and where they have recess, to avoid crowded hallways; posting signs, using pylons and floor markings; removing and restaging seating in public areas to prevent gathering; limiting bathroom occupancy at any one time, etc.

Parent Access

Parents will not be allowed in our facilities. We recommend families begin to prepare their children in advance by discussing the back to school process several times before the start of school, so that students are prepared.

We recommend that you start these conversations now, and that you are honest and open with your child. Roleplay activities, along with regular communication with your child will help.

Our teachers will also monitor their students’ behaviour and will contact parents if they see any unusual signs. If you are concerned about your child’s anxiety, we recommend that you consult with your family doctor for more recommendations.

Small Cohorts

Students will be grouped into cohorts and contacts between cohorts will be avoided as much as possible.

To reduce contact between cohorts, class entry and recesses have been staggered.

The size of the cohort will depend on the physical space of the classroom or learning setting. Larger classes are located in larger classrooms.

A cohort is defined as a group of students and teachers who remain together and do not interact with others.

Symptoms

Students with COVID-19 symptoms and/or medical conditions preventing them from attending class will be eligible to participate in distance learning. They must be pre-approved by the administration before participating in the program. More details will be provided.