Health Protocols in Schools - Update

event Published 2021-09-16T01:59:39.260Z

On Wednesday evening, the province declared a state of public health emergency due to the rising number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU admissions in Alberta. A number of additional public health measures were added as a result of the declaration, including a few for schools. 

Starting Thursday, September 16, 2021, the following public health measures will be implemented all Prairie Rose schools:

  • Mandatory masking for grades 4-12 in all public areas and when students cannot be spaced two metres apart. Please ensure you send your child to school with a mask. When students are working at their own work spaces, masks may be removed. This follows the same model as the masking requirement from the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Each student in grade K-12 is still required to wear a mask while riding the school bus, as per CMOH Health Order 34-2021.
  • Cohorting will be implemented, where possible, across all grades. Limited seating in common areas will help support this measure at the junior and high school levels.
  • Limited seating for spectators who attend indoor sporting or entertainment events to ⅓ capacity. Masking is now required the entire time a visitor is at the school.

The school division will continue to follow all the other guidelines as laid out in the 2021-2022 Re-Entry Plan including enhanced cleaning and notification to families when positive COVID-19 cases are reported from parents of individuals who attended school while ill. Our online re-entry plan will be updated tomorrow to reflect the new changes stated above.

We would like to thank all our parents for working with us to promote healthy and safe learning communities, despite the challenges we face, such as reviewing the daily health check each day and keeping your child home from school when sick. We would also like to thank our parents for keeping us well informed related to testing and student illness. Your cooperation promotes a collaborative community approach for maintaining a healthy school environment.

Roger Clarke
Superintendent of Schools