Letter to Parents - COVID-19

Letter to Parents - COVID-19
Posted on 07/16/2020
July 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Alberta Education and the Chief Medical Officer of Alberta have stated that K-12 education will continue in the upcoming school year. They have identified 3 scenarios that will be implemented depending on the number of COVID-19 cases in a local area. They are as follows:

Scenario 1: In-school classes resume (near-normal with health measures)
• Local school authorities can adjust their school calendars and/or the number and length of instructional days, within the parameters of all contractual agreements with school authority employees, to address content in subject areas and review components from the 2019-20 school year.
• School authorities must follow public health measures for children and student learning and extra-curricular activities including physical distancing when possible.

Scenario 2: in-school classes partially resume (with additional health measures)
In addition to the considerations from Scenario 1, the following are required:
• Taking into consideration local circumstances, school authorities may divide children and students into two or more groups to go back to in-school classes on an alternating schedule – in which not all students are in classes at school at the same time. A maximum of 15 students in each classroom shall be followed.
• School authorities must follow public health measures related to the greatest extent possible for children and student learning and extra-curricular activities.

Scenario 3: at-home learning continues (in-school classes are suspended/cancelled)
• All school authorities offer at-home learning opportunities to their children and students.

The decision for which scenario each school/school division is operating in will be the decision of the government. Full details of these scenarios can be found on the Alberta Government website.

We will be resuming operations for our 2020-21 school year on Monday, August 31, 2020, pending no changes or further directives from the Alberta Government. They have identified August 1, 2020, as the date that they will provide final school re-entry information to the public. Education Minister Adriana LaGrange has stated, "Students learn best in the classroom with their teacher and their peers, provided it is safe to do so."

Bus schedules will be posted on the hpsd.ca website later in the summer and will be communicated to parents prior to the first day of school. Students transported by bus may be dropped off and picked up from school in a staggered fashion to limit the number of students entering the school at any given time.

Even though students may return to class in the fall, there are still people who are sick from the COVID-19. The Alberta Government has stressed that even with putting safety first, there will continue to be cases/outbreaks of COVID-19. We will, of course, be monitoring the situation very closely; however, if your child is ill, please do not send them to school or put them on the bus. There is a checklist from the Alberta Government to be followed by all staff and students across the province.

Thank you for your cooperation and support. We are looking forward to seeing our students once again. We will continue to provide you with any new information as we return to near-normal operations at our school. In the meantime, you can also receive updated information by visiting our website cjs.hpsd.ca.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.


Linnea Jones

Screening Questionnaire
1. Do you, or your child attending the program, have any of the below symptoms:
a. Fever
b. Cough
c. Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
d. Sore throat
e. Chills
f. Painful swallowing
g. Runny nose/nasal congestion
h. Feeling unwell / Fatigued
i. Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
j. Unexplained loss of appetite
k. Loss of sense of taste or smell
l. Muscle/joint aches
m. Headache
n. Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

2. Have you, or anyone in your household, returned from travel outside of Canada in the last 14 days?

3. Have you or your children attending the program had close unprotected* contact (face-to-face contact within 2 metres) with someone who is ill with a cough and/or fever?

4. Have you or anyone in your household been in close unprotected contact in the last 14 days with someone who is being investigated or confirmed to be a case of COVID-19?

* “unprotected” means close contact without appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

If you have answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, please DO NOT enter the school at this time. You should stay home and use the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to determine whether you need to be tested for COVID-19.

If you have answered “No” to all the above questions, you may attend school.
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