Province updates COVID-19 guidelines for parents and for Alberta schools

Province updates COVID-19 guidelines for parents and for Alberta schools
Posted on 10/15/2021
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The provincial government has updated its guidelines outlining how Alberta schools should respond to COVID-19. The province has also provided a new "Parent Guide", which Clearview Public Schools encourages families to review.

To keep students learning safely in-person, we are resuming public reporting of COVID-19 cases in schools, initiating contact notification in schools, monitoring COVID-19 alerts and outbreaks, and in the future will provide rapid test kits.

Clearview is proceeding as outlined in the guidelines, and is asking parents and guardians to continue to monitor their children for symptoms each day. Updates for our families on COVID-19 can be found at https://www.clearview.ab.ca/COVID-19Parents.php.

What is the same as last school year:

  • Parents and guardians are asked to monitor their children using the Daily Checklist from Alberta Health, and assess their child's wellness prior to attending school.
  • Individuals with COVID-19 are to stay home for 10 days.
  • Students who are not immunized and are close contacts should stay home for 14 days.
  • Students who have received partial immunization and are close contacts should stay home for 10 days.
  • Individuals with symptoms should stay home. Core COVID-19 symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath and a loss of taste or smell.
  • Masking guidelines for students in grades four and up are in place in schools.

What is different this year:

  • Students who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days do not have to isolate unless they have symptoms outlined in the Daily Checklist.
  • Children and youth aged 17 and under can be engaged in physical activity without masks.
  • Spectator attendance is restricted to ⅓ fire code capacity and limited to households. Attendees are to be masked and distanced.

"We're asking our families to monitor their children's symptoms each day and have them stay home if they're sick. This will help Clearview keep classrooms and schools open and keep children learning together with their teachers in a face-to-face environment," says Brenda MacDonald, Superintendent of Clearview Public Schools.

Clearview and the province are now tracing COVID-19 exposures at schools. If there are three or more COVID-19 cases in K-6 within a five day period classes can move to online instruction.

"We would rather keep everyone learning in person," says MacDonald, "but if a class or school needs to move online, our teachers and schools are well prepared. We've got this."

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Taking care of our mental health

The Province of Alberta and Clearview Public Schools encourages parents and guardians to consider the mental wellness of their children.

"Please talk with your children," says MacDonald. "Let them know you are there to help them, and so are we. We have resources in place, as does the Province."

To access mental health resources at your child's school, contact your child's teacher or principal. Also consider the Kids' Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868. This provides free access to professional counseling 24/7. Another resource is Jack.org, a COVID-19 Youth Mental Health resource hub.

If you need help as a parent: 1-877-303-2642. The team attending this line includes nurses, psychologists and social workers. Another resource is the AHS website Help in Tough Times and as well as the Text Hope resource, which you can subscribe to for free by texting COVID19HOPE to 393939. It offers supportive text messages written by mental health therapists.