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Clearview provides COVID update after provincial announcement

With the recent announcement by the provincial government of changes to the COVID-19 response, Clearview Public Schools has issued a release clarifying what the changes mean for their students.

The biggest change in the first phase of restriction relaxation will be that effective Feb. 13 students will no longer be required to wear masks in school or on school buses, with notable exceptions.

Students over 13-years-old attending off campus field trips or students returning to school after a confirmed case of COVID-19 may be required to wear masks as outlined in the health guidelines, though the release notes that more details are forthcoming.

Adults in Clearview Public Schools facilities and on school buses are still required to wear masks at all times.

Another point of clarification was the requirement to keep children home when they are ill.

“The province’s guidelines are for families to keep their child home when they are medically ill using the Alberta Daily Checklist for Children under 18,” stated the release.

According to the release, the checklist was last updated Feb. 4, 2022.

Those with COVID-19 symptoms are required to isolate for a minimum of 5 days from the onset of symptoms if vaccinated, and 10 days if unvaccinated before returning to school.

“We continue to review specifics and further details on what can be expected next week,” the release continued.

The release noted that more information will be forwarded to parents as it is made available.

If the province’s plan goes forward, phase two of restriction easing will commence on Mar. 1.

At that time the all health restrictions left in place in schools, including the use of masks for adults, will be lifted.