Covid-19 Response

PRSD School Re-entry Plan Summary

Peace River School Division
2021-2022 School Year Plan Summary  
(Updated September 7, 2021)

As per the Alberta Government’s announcement on September 4, 2021 regarding the re-introduction of health regulations, this document has been updated with new information outlined in bold.

The Peace River School Division (PRSD) is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our students, and we thank our students, parents, staff and school communities for their patience and support as we start the new school year. Continuing learning will require everyone in the PRSD to continue to be nimble in contributing to the safety and success of our school communities. Unique situations will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the Superintendent of Schools.

All parents are required to screen their child for symptoms each day prior to their child attending school by using the Alberta Health Daily Checklist. Staff, parents and visitors are also required to screen for symptoms before attending any PRSD school or facility by using the Alberta Health Daily Checklist. If you or your child(ren) are not feeling well, please do not attend the school or PRSD facility.

Please be aware that the Peace River School Division will follow the guidance of Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Alberta Education School Re-entry Plan. View the 2021-2022 Alberta Education School Year Plan here. The plan, along with other helpful COVID-19 Response information is posted on our website at prsd.ab.ca under “COVID-19 Response.”

Should the nature of the pandemic change, PRSD will follow guidance from Alberta Health Services and Alberta Education. Alberta Education has developed contingency plans for schools to follow should things change and these plans are outlined in the Alberta Education 2021-2022 School Year Plan. Please note that any changes will be communicated to parents in a timely manner. Thank you again for your support, patience and understanding.

Cleaning and disinfecting procedures

● PRSD schools will continue to maintain enhanced cleaning measures.
● PRSD will continue to work with students and staff to promote ongoing hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. 
● Electrostatic disinfectant fogging machine used in every school two times per week.
● School buses are cleaned twice per day (after the morning and afternoon bus run)

Environmental Measures
● All facilities have a mechanical system that allows for air to be circulated and brings in fresh air from the outside. Fresh air is exchanged at the start of the school day and throughout the day to ensure a safe environment is maintained for students and staff.
● Mechanical systems are maintained on a regular basis, as per the manufacturers operating guidelines, to ensure they are functioning per specifications.
● To supplement our mechanical systems, it is beneficial to open classroom windows to assist in ventilation and fresh air exchange, weather permitting.

Masks
Masks are mandatory for all students and all staff while riding the school bus and will be worn by students, staff and anyone assisting those who have developed respiratory illness symptoms while at school. Masks are not required for students while participating in physical activity or during outside recess time.  

Students
Masks are strongly recommended for grades K-3 students in shared areas of the school.
Masks are mandatory for all grades 4-12 students in shared areas of the school.
Masks are still not required while students are seated in the classroom, but will be supported should students choose to wear a mask.
Masks are required for all students and staff while singing.

 Staff
Masks are mandatory for all staff in shared areas of the school.
Staff will be supported if they choose to wear a mask while in the classroom.

Visitors
Masks are mandatory for all visitors to the school.     

Cohorting
● Cohorting is not required for the 2021-2022 school year. Cohorting may be recommended for a short period if there is a respiratory illness outbreak in a school, and principals have the discretion to establish cohorts from time to time as they deem necessary and practical to enhance the safety of students and staff.

Physical Distancing
● Physical Distancing is not required; however, those who wish to keep more space between themselves and others in certain situations will be supported in doing so. Principals have the discretion to establish physical distancing from time to time as they deem necessary and practical to enhance the safety of students and staff.

School Activities
● School activities will continue and include but are not limited to celebrations, assemblies, field trips, sporting events and competitions, performances, Christmas concerts, and graduation and commencement ceremonies.  Students will have regular access to the library, physical education and music classes (including the ability to sing while wearing a mask).

Recess

● Staggered recess times and cohorts during recess are no longer required. Schools will continue regular recess times and routines to ensure the focus on instructional time returns to normal to ensure students are best prepared for academic success throughout the school year.
During outside recess time, masks are not required.

Parent and visitor access to schools
Masks are mandatory for all visitors to the school.
● Parents and visitors will be able to visit the school without making prior arrangements. All parents and visitors to the school must screen for symptoms as per the Alberta Health Daily Checklist prior to attending the school, and must follow the school’s sign-in procedures.

Interschool busing
 ● Interschool busing services will continue.

Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams
● The administration of Provincial Achievement Tests will resume and be mandatory per normal practice.
 ● The administration of Diploma Exams will resume and be mandatory as per normal practice.                    
● Principals will ensure the focus on instructional time returns to normal to best position students and staff for academic success in all subject areas, and to support enhanced performance on Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams (which are both mandatory this year).    

Vaccination clinics in PRSD schools
● School principals will work with AHS to offer vaccination clinics in schools.
● Students aged 12 and older are eligible to receive the vaccination at school with the written consent of their parent or guardian.
● More information regarding vaccinations at schools will be provided to parents by their local school as the information is available.

Isolation and quarantine
● Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are required by AHS to isolate for 10 days from when their symptoms started, or until their symptoms have improved, whichever is longer.
 ● AHS is no longer identifying or following up with individual close contacts, and quarantine for close contacts is no longer required.
● All Albertans, including those who may be told that they are close contact, are asked to monitor for symptoms and stay home and get tested if they are feeling unwell.
● AHS will continue to manage outbreaks of respiratory illnesses in school settings, similar to the management of influenza or influenza-like illness.

Virtual Education and Home Education options
● PRSD offers virtual education programming for students in grades 1-12 led by dedicated and skilled virtual education teachers, support staff and PRSD’s District Principal. Learn more here
● PRSD offers both teacher and parent-directed home education programming that is supported by PRSD’s Home Education Coordinator and support staff. Learn more here.



 

 

2021-2022 School Year Plan

Peace River School Division will be following the guidelines outlined in the Alberta Education 2021-2022 School Year Plan.

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Isolation and quarantine requirmements

Please note that there have been changes to the isolation and quarantine requirements. View at the link below:

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Masking requirements

  • Masks are required on school buses.
  • Alberta does not have a mask requirement in schools, but masks may be recommended temporarily if there is a respiratory illness outbreak at a school.
  • Schools may choose to have additional masking requirements.
  • Schools should support individuals who choose to wear masks.

    Information updated August 13, 2021 from Alberta.ca "preparing for a new school year"


Staying Home When Sick

  • 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)

Information updated August 13, 2021 from Alberta.ca "preparing for a new school year"

Health Measures

  • 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)
  • Schools are encouraged to:
    • promote frequent hand hygiene and good respiratory etiquette
    • continue environmental measures such as cleaning and disinfection of high touch surfaces
    • have a plan for students and staff who develop symptoms to wait in a separate area until they can go home
  • Cohorting is not required for the 2021/22 school year, but may be recommended temporarily to prevent the spread of infection if there is a respiratory illness outbreak at school.
  • Physical distancing or maintaining spacing is not required for the 2021/22 school year. Some people may prefer to keep more space between themselves and others in certain situations and schools should support this, whenever possible.
  • We will continue monitoring and take whatever actions are needed to manage any high-risk outbreaks of communicable diseases in schools.
  • The Zone Medical Officer of Health may recommend additional measures if a school experiences a respiratory illness outbreak including screening for symptoms, masking, and cohorting.
  • Zone Medical Officers of Health and their designates are available to support school authorities throughout the province.

Information updated August 13, 2021 from Alberta.ca "preparing for a new school year"

Diploma Exams and Provincial Achievement Tests

Diploma exams and provincial achievement tests

  • Grade 12 diploma exams will be mandatory in the 2021-22 school year.
  • Diploma exams will be offered in every diploma course subject in January and June and in select diploma course subject areas in November, April and August.
  • Grade 6 and 9 provincial achievement tests will resume and participation is mandatory for all schools not piloting the new draft Kindergarten to Grade 6 curriculum

    Information updated August 13, 2021 from Alberta.ca "preparing for a new school year"

 

School Activities

  • There are no specific restrictions or requirements for school activities and services. However, masks should be worn on school buses.
  • Schools may continue with activities as they normally would, including (but not limited to):
    • Field trips
    • Music, singing, dancing, theatre
    • Sports
    • Visitors to the school
    • Food services
    • Student transportation
    • Work experience
    • Ceremonies
    • Graduations
    • International student programs

      Information updated August 13, 2021 from Alberta.ca "preparing for a new school year"
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