COVID-19 Update (2021-09-29)

COVID-19 Update (2021-09-29)
Posted on 09/29/2021

Weekly COVID-19 update for September 29, 2021.

Please see below for detailed information, including current outbreak schools, students home with an illness or symptoms, and further information addressing concerns with student vaccinations.

When schools reach over 10%, this is reported daily to Alberta Health Services. With this information, Alberta Health Services may determine the respective school is in "outbreak" status, requiring further communications and a reference number families should use when connecting with Alberta Health Services.

Schools continue to remain open and we are working closely with Alberta Health Services to ensure necessary measures are in place to protect all students and staff. Our current safety protocols include: enhanced cleaning and disinfecting, daytime custodial staff, staffing masking in common areas, and hand washing and sanitizing.

We remind all families to continue to closely monitor your children for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. The Alberta Health daily checklist can be found here. Please remember to complete the checklist each day, whether children are attending school and/or getting on the school bus or not. As a reminder, if you/your child has any of the symptoms of illness listed on the Alberta Health daily checklist, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811 and stay home/keep your child at home.

We are in this together and will be sending updates to families as information becomes available. We want to thank families for following the protocols and keeping students home when experiencing medical illness and/or symptoms.

Current outbreak schools:

  • Stettler Elementary School
  • Gus Wetter School
  • Donalda School

Schools removed from outbreak status in the past seven days:

  • Erskine School
  • Big Valley School

% of students away with confirmed illness or illness-like symptoms in the past seven days:

  • Big Valley School - At-Home Learning
  • Botha School - 2% to 5%
  • Brownfield School - up to 30%
  • Byemoor School - 4% to 10%
  • Coronation School - 9% to 12%
  • Donalda School - At-Home Learning
  • Erskine School - 2% to 12% (Monday - 2% and Tuesday - 3%)
  • Gus Wetter School - 5% to 7%
  • Stettler Elementary School - 6% to 8%
  • William E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus - 1% to 3%

Further information:

We would also like to address concerns spreading on social media that schools and government will be implementing a mandatory vaccination program in October. We are not aware of any plans by the Alberta Government to bring in any sort of mandated vaccination program for students. These social media posts appear designed to inspire fear and concern.

To assist in understanding the lack of factual basis for this concern, on September 25, 2021, we received communication from Andre Tremblay, Deputy Minister of Education which states:

"Alberta has no specific provincial legislation that requires K-12 students to have specific vaccinations to attend in person school. Alberta Education is not considering mandating vaccines for students in the K-12 education system."