Welcome to Winter!
As we head into a snowy long weekend, I thought it might be a good time to send a few reminders and again clarify the safety protocols we have in place with regard to COVID-19. Our ACS plan includes:
- Increased, regular sanitization of high touch areas in the school
- Students organized into cohorts of fewer than 60 students.
- Staggered dismissals so that we don’t have large groups of students exiting the school at the same time.
- Staggered recesses so that cohorts are not mixing out on the playground.
- Assigned entrances for cohorts so that students are not mixing with others outside their cohort when entering/exiting the building.
- Mandatory masks requirement for all students in Grade 4-12, when a 2 m distance away from each other cannot be maintained.
- Masks encouraged for students in Kindergarten – Grade 3.
- We keep careful records of who is where (seating plans, schedules etc.) in the event that that information is required for contact tracing.
- Desks sanitized before eating and whenever another group is moving into that space.
- An altered high school timetable, so that students are not moving around the school so frequently and also to reduce the number of classes students need to juggle at one time, should there ever be a need to move to online learning.
If there was to be a positive case of COVID-19 in our school, the Saskatchewan Health Authority would notify us and let us know what information they required in order to complete contact tracing. In collaboration with the Health Authority, Prairie Spirit School Division would communicate with our school community. At this time, we have no positive cases of COVID-19 at ACS.
As a parent, it is important that you monitor you child for symptoms that may be associated with COVID-19 every day they come to school. If you notice any of the following symptoms, you should not send your child to school and you should call 811 and follow medical advice.
- muscle and/or joint aches and pains
- sore throat
- runny nose
- nasal congestion
- loss of appetite (difficulty feeding for children)
- altered sense of taste or smell
- shortness of breath
- difficulty breathing
We had a sub in the building last week who commented that he had been feeling a little apprehensive about how schools were handling the pandemic. He noted that he felt reassured and confident after being in our building. Kids are doing their jobs and staff are going above and beyond to make sure that school is as safe as it possibly can be. Together, we are tackling this school year with compassion, kindness and care.
Please feel welcome to contact me via email, phone or text (306-260-3921) if you have any questions or concerns about how things are going.
Enjoy the next few days of hunkering down!