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COVID-19

Relaunch 2020

Our focus remains on the safety of our students and staff, and we have developed plans around Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) guidelines for symptom screening, mask-wearing, physical distancing, cohorting, hand hygiene, cleaning, etc. to ensure we provide the safest possible environment for your child. We are also focusing on connections, relationships and learning. Students have been out of school for a long period of time so we are making sure they feel safe, secure and have a sense of belonging, as these are foundational to the continuity of learning. Our teachers have put plans in place to address any learning gaps and guide students forward. We will ensure that any transitions between the scenarios are as smooth as possible.

Screening tool

We expect that only healthy students and staff will come to school each day. Before coming to school each day, all staff and students must complete the Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 Information Screening Questionnaire to determine whether they can attend or must stay home. The self-screening questionnaire is available in multiple languages.

What's New

Quarter 2 decisions regarding online or in-person learning

Registration for Quarter 2 learning choices is now taking place. K-9 families will receive information from their registered school -- parents, please watch your email.

High school students can register here. We will be accepting registrations for online high school courses until October 26 at 4 pm. If you are registering for online courses in Quarter 2, your registration will be confirmed with a phone call from St. Albert Online by October 30. This will be our opportunity to ensure prerequisites are completed and answer any questions regarding course selection. If you are currently an online student and are planning to return to in-person school for Quarter 2, you will also need to submit the form, indicating your intention to return. This will allow for your in-person school to schedule you for Quarter 2.


October 13, 2020: Email to ES Gish families


Pre-existing conditions

If your child has a pre-existing medical condition that causes symptoms that appear on the Daily Screening Questionnaire, please follow the following procedure:

  • If your child is not presenting with symptoms, please send them to school.
  • The first time in the school year that your child presents symptoms of COVID-19 due to the pre-existing health condition, please call 811 and have a COVID-19 test administered for your child if Alberta Health directs you to do so. A negative result confirms that the baseline symptoms of the pre-existing health condition are not COVID-19 related.
  • Upon receipt of the negative result, complete the form provided by your child's school to communicate this information to the school. With this documentation on file, the school will be able to allow your child to attend school even with these symptoms present.
  • If your child had a COVID-19 test during the summer when symptoms were present, you do not need to repeat this step, and can submit the form to the school at this time.
  • You do not require a note from your doctor regarding the pre-existing health condition, but the condition should have been previously diagnosed by your doctor.

Alberta Health Services Resources

NEW: Guidance for Parents of Children Attending School and/or Childcare

NEW: How long to stay home from school

NEW: Updated Guidance for School Re-Entry - Scenario 1
Key updates include:

  • Cohorts – clarifies that teachers/staff should not be in a cohort with each other, unless it is required for operational purposes (i.e., a teacher and a teacher’s assistant who work with the same classroom cohort)
  • In-Person Learning – Provides guidance for off-site activities (field trips), singing and music
  • Auxiliary Spaces – Provides guidance for extracurricular activities and sports cohorts

Map: AHS has  developed an interactive map that shows active COVID-19 cases in schools. Click here to access this map.

Student illness: if a student has COVID-19 symptoms

Dr. Hinshaw's letter to parents re: returning to school


Background Information

What to expect

Please watch our video to view some of the changes our students will see this year at school. 

Provincial government scenarios

1. In-school classes resume (near normal with health measures) 2. In-school classes partially resume (with additional health measures) 3. At-home learning continues (in-school classes are suspended/cancelled) On July 21, 2020 the government indicated their plan is to return to school in the fall under Scenario 1. Please be aware that deciding which scenario to enact is a government decision, not a school division decision, and we could be directed by the government to switch among these scenarios during the school year with very little notice. Our planning includes strategies which will allow us to switch scenarios rapidly and as with as little disruption as possible.

Provincial government resources

Provincial government return to school info 
Scenario 1 Guidance
Implementing School Re-entry Guidance
Outbreak Guidance
School Resources
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