Parent Memo - Updated Health Protocols

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Parent Memo - Updated Health Protocols

October 7, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On Tuesday, October 5, the Alberta Government announced updated health protocols for all schools in the province.  The Grasslands School Division Return to School Plan will be updated to reflect these new changes and will be shared on our website.

Public Reporting Of COVID Cases

Alberta Health Services will now publicly report on positive COVID-19 cases when individuals were present at school while infectious, using the following criteria:

The previous reporting of 10% absenteeism to AHS is no longer required for COVID symptoms but will remain in place for other illnesses such as gastrointestinal symptoms.

Contact Notification

Beginning the week of October 12th, contact notification within schools will begin. AHS will be sharing case specific information with schools. School authorities and schools will determine in-school close contacts and will be required to notify parents/guardians of the identified contacts.

At-Home Learning

Also beginning the week of October 12th, if three or more COVID-19 cases are identified within a five day period in a Pre-kindergarten to Grade 6 class, AHS will issue a mandate to shift students to at-home learning for 10 calendar days. At-home learning letters will be issued on a class-by-class basis.

Rapid Testing

Starting in late-October, rapid testing kits will be provided to school authorities for distribution for Pre-kindergarten to Grade 6 classes, starting first with schools that are experiencing an outbreak status.The rapid testing program will be voluntary. If they choose, families will be provided with rapid testing kits to test their child(ren) twice per week for four weeks. These tests are for those individuals that are asymptomatic and are to be done at home. Symptomatic children need to be tested at an AHS assessment centre and should not use the rapid tests. AHS is still finalizing details and availability of voluntary rapid test kits.  More information will follow.

Thank You

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to ensure that students are supported as we once again shift some of our procedures in response to provincial guidance.  We remain proud to serve our communities and families. If you have any questions you are welcome to contact your teachers, school administration, or the Grasslands office.

Sincerely,

Scott Brandt - Superintendent