Grasslands Back to School Plan - 2021-22 - Updated April 2022

event Published 2022-03-30T12:59:00.000Z

Updated April 2022 - Bold and italicized indicates a new change

Background

This plan is founded on the following four guiding principles that were established by the government in collaboration with education partners. 

• The safety of children, students and staff comes first. 

• Children and student learning will continue. 

• Provincial funding is still flowing to schools. 

• School authorities have flexibility to do what is best for their community. 

This plan balances the need for provincial direction and standardized approaches in some areas while also providing flexibility and respecting school authority autonomy at the local level. 

The Government of Alberta’s 2021-2022 School Year Plan is based upon the recovery phase reflecting a corresponding shift from mandatory health measures to recommended health best practices. Their plan is focused on a normal return to school, with in-class learning for the majority of students.

Although some health and safety protocols are no longer required by the Government of Alberta, Grasslands School Division will continue to implement some additional measures and protocols. The health and safety of students and staff remains our top priority. This plan outlines key elements for the resumption of learning. Portions of this plan may need to be modified in accordance with provincial directives and timelines, and/or by Board directive. 

Health and Safety Management

Joint Worksite Health and Safety

The Joint Work Site Health and Safety Committee is a group of worker and employer representatives, working together with shared responsibility to identify and solve safety concerns at the work site. Committee members work together to actively improve conditions in the workplace and promote safe work practices. Health and Safety Committees form an important part of the internal responsibility system and help ensure that work site parties are aware of their roles and responsibilities in the workplace.

The Committee also provides support for the three basic rights that all workers have in protecting their health and safety: the Right to Know about hazards in the workplace, the Right to Participate in the health and safety of the workplace, and the Right to Refuse dangerous or unsafe work.

All Grasslands employees are jointly responsible for their own safety and are required to:

General Building Safety

Masking

Hand Hygiene

Daily Screening

Strategies for Reducing Crowding

Classroom Barrier Shields

Emergency PPE Tubs

Parents, Visitors and Service Providers Entering the School

Shared Use of Equipment and Student Supplies

Responding to Illness

Confirmed Case of COVD-19

Student Transportation

Alberta Health COVID-19 Vaccinations 

Student Learning Contingency Plans

In the event that there is a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic that impacts the education system, the following two contingencies have been determined by Alberta Education. 

Scenario 1: In-school classes with enhanced health measures 

Alberta Education and Alberta Health Services may mandate enhanced or increased health measures which the Grasslands School Division would be required to follow.

We will continue to rely on guidance from the Alberta Government, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, and local public health officials regarding provincial and regional health measures based on local context. We will continue to work closely with Alberta Health and we will adjust recommendations when advised to do so by Alberta Health. We remain committed to communicating when health measures are adjusted.

Scenario 2: At-home learning (in-school classes are cancelled)

Grasslands will offer at-home learning opportunities to children and students based on the provincial or regional context.

Supporting Growth in Student Learning

Under Contingency Scenario 2, school authorities can, as deemed appropriate at the local level, for Grades 1 to 9 reduce time spent teaching non-core subjects to allow for additional instruction time on core (English, Français, French Language Arts, Math, Social, and Science).

 

Program Guidelines

At this time, regular school programming is allowed.  

Physical Activity

Performance Activity (Music/Drama/Dance)

Work Experience, Green Certificate, & Off Campus

Field Trips and Extracurricular Clubs

Sports and Team Events

General Infection Prevention Measures
Equipment

Participants should be encouraged to bring their own equipment for any activity (shared equipment should be cleaned and sanitized at an increased frequency and between each use). 

Food in Schools

Outside User Groups

 

Appendix A

Appendix B

 

Appendix C

 

Appendix D

MANAGEMENT OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE SYMPTOMATIC AND/OR TESTED FOR COVID-19 

Symptoms

COVID-19

Tst Result:

Management of Individual:
SymptomaticPositive PCR test or rapid take- home test

Fully vaccinated staff (i.e. staff who have received the complete vaccine series for COVID-19 and it has been 14 days after the second dose in a two dose series, or one dose in a one dose series (i.e. Janssen vaccine)or student (2 doses of mRNA vaccine): Isolate for 5 days from the start of symptoms or until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication and other symptoms are improving, whichever is longer, if symptoms are not related to a pre-existing condition

  • Following their home isolation period, all fully vaccinated individuals must wear masks at all times when in a public place or otherwise in the company of other persons for up to 5 more days (10 days total). This means they must eat or drink alone, away from others.
  • If it’s not possible to give each student on day 6-10 isolation a private space to eat in, they can cohort together with other COVID-19-infected individuals for meals in the same well- ventilated room. Distancing is recommended and individuals should remain masked at all times when not actively consuming food and drink.
  • If schools find this operationally challenging to accommodate, the consistent use of a 10 day absence prior to return, for both immunized and non- immunized cases, is an acceptable approach.

 

Not fully vaccinated: Isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms or until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication and other symptoms are improving, whichever is longer, if symptoms are not related to a pre-existing condition.

Negative PCR test

Fully vaccinated staff (i.e. staff who have received the complete vaccine series for COVID-19 and it has been 14 days after the second dose in a two dose series, or one dose in a one dose series (i.e. Janssen vaccine) or student (2 doses of mRNA vaccine): Stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication and other symptoms are improving, before cautiously resuming normal activities.  

 

Not fully vaccinated: Stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication and other symptoms are improving if symptoms are not related to a pre- existing condition, before cautiously resuming normal activities. 

Negative rapid take- home test

NOTE: A negative test result does not rule out infection.Rapid tests can be falsely negative, early in COVID infections. Continue monitoring your symptoms and following public health guidelines.

Isolate immediately for 24 hours.

Take second rapid test not less than 24 hours from initial test:

  • If negative, continue isolating until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication and other symptoms are improving before cautiously resuming normal activities.
  • If positive, continue isolation:
    • Fully vaccinated: Isolate at home for 5 days or until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication and other symptoms are improving, whichever is longer. For up to five days following their home-isolation period, they must wear masks at all times when in a public place or otherwise in the company of other persons for up to 5 more days (10 days total). This means they must eat or drink alone, away from others.
    • If it’s not possible to give each student on day 6-10 isolation a private space to eat in, they can cohort together with other COVID-19-infected individuals for meals in the same well- ventilated room. Distancing is recommended and individuals should remain masked at all times when not actively consuming food and drink.
    • If schools find this operationally challenging to accommodate, the consistent use of a 10 day absence prior to return, for both immunized and non-immunized cases, is an acceptable approach.
    • Not fully vaccinated: 10 days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer
 Not tested

Student: If symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath or loss of sense of taste/smell, follow instructions for symptomatic positive above.

Adult: If symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste/smell or runny nose, follow instructions for symptomatic positive above.

 

Student: If other symptoms (chills, sore throat/painful swallowing, runny nose/congestion, feeling unwell/fatigued, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, unexplained loss of appetite, muscle/joint aches, headache or conjunctivitis):

·  ONE symptom: stay home, monitor for 24h. If it improves, return when well enough to go (testing not necessary).

·  TWO symptoms OR ONE symptom that persists or worsens: Stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication, and other symptoms are improving.

Adult: If other symptoms, stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication, and other symptoms are improving.

Symptoms

COVID-19

Test Result:

Management of Individual:
AsymptomaticPositive PCR Test

Fully vaccinated staff (i.e. staff who have received the complete vaccine series for COVID-19 and it has been 14 days after the second dose in a two dose series, or one dose in a one dose series (i.e. Janssen vaccine) or student (2 doses of mRNA vaccine): Isolate for 5 days from the collection date of the swab or from the date when the PCR test was completed.

  • Following their home isolation period, all fully vaccinated individuals must wear masks at all times when in a public place or otherwise in the company of other persons for up to 5 more days (10 days total). This means they must eat or drink alone, away from others.
  • If it’s not possible to give each staff on day 6-10 isolation a private space to eat in, they can cohort together with other COVID-19-infected individuals for meals in the same well- ventilated room. Distancing is recommended and individuals should remain masked at all times when not actively consuming food and drink.
  • If schools find this operationally challenging to accommodate, the consistent use of a 10 day absence prior to return, for both immunized and non- immunized cases, is an acceptable approach.

 

Not fully vaccinated: Isolate at home for 10 days from the collection date of the swab or from the date when the PCR test was completed.

Positive Rapid take- home test

Individuals can conduct a second test not less than 24 hours after the initial test, and if negative, and still no symptoms, they do not need to continue to isolate. If the result is positive on the repeat test, they should continue to isolate. If at any time, symptoms develop, they must follow isolation instructions for symptomatic individuals.

Fully vaccinated staff (i.e. staff who have received the complete vaccine series for COVID-19 and it has been 14 days after the second dose in a two dose series, or one dose in a one dose series (i.e. Janssen vaccine) or student (2 doses of mRNA vaccine): Isolate for 5 days from the collection date of the swab or from the date when the rapid take-home test was completed.

  • Following their home isolation period, all fully vaccinated individuals must wear masks at all times when in a public place or otherwise in the company of other persons for up to 5 more days (10 days total). This means they must eat or drink alone, away from others.
  • If it’s not possible to give each staff on day 6-10 isolation a private space to eat in, they can cohort together with other COVID-infected individuals for meals in the same well-ventilated room. Distancing is recommended and individuals should remain masked at all times when not actively consuming food and drink.
  • If schools find this operationally challenging to accommodate, the consistent use of a 10 day absence prior to return, for both immunized and non- immunized cases, is an acceptable approach.

 

Not fully vaccinated: Isolate at home for 10 days from the collection date of the swab or from the date when the rapid take-home test was completed.

 

Individuals can conduct a second test not less than 24 hours after the initial test, and if negative, and still have no symptoms, they do not need to continue to isolate. If result is positive on the repeat test, they should continue to isolate. If at any time, symptoms develop, they must follow isolation instructions for symptomatic individuals.

NegativeNo isolation required.