Local schools continue to remain open and are working with Alberta Health Services to make sure measures are in place to protect students and staff, officials say.
“Our current safety protocols include: enhanced cleaning and disinfecting, daytime custodial staff, staffing masking in common areas, and hand washing and sanitizing,” according to a release.
“We remind all families to continue to closely monitor your children for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Please remember to complete the checklist each day, whether children are attending school and/or getting on the school bus or not.
“As a reminder, if you/your child has any of the symptoms of illness listed on the Alberta Health daily checklist, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811 and stay home/keep your child at home.”
When schools reach over 10 per cent, this is reported daily to Alberta Health Services. With this information, Alberta Health Services may determine the respective school is in ‘outbreak’ status, requiring further communications and a reference number families should use when connecting with Alberta Health Services.
Current outbreak schools:
– Stettler Elementary School
– Gus Wetter School
– Donalda School
School Removed from outbreak status in the past seven days:
– Erskine School
– Big Valley School
Percentage of students away with confirmed illness or illness-like symptoms in the past seven days:
– Big Valley School – at-home learning
– Botha School – two to five per cent
– Brownfield School – up to 30 per cent
– Byemoor School – four to 10 per cent
– Coronation School – nine to 12 per cent
– Donalda School – at-home learning
– Erskine School – two to 12 per cent (Monday – two per cent and Tuesday – three per cent)
– Gus Wetter School – five to seven per cent
– Stettler Elementary School – six to eight per cent
– William E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus – one to three per cent
”We would also like to address concerns spreading on social media that schools and government will be implementing a mandatory vaccination program in October. We are not aware of any plans by the Alberta Government to bring in any sort of mandated vaccination program for students. These social media posts appear designed to inspire fear and concern.
Andre Tremblay, deputy minister of education, said, “Alberta has no specific provincial legislation that requires K-12 students to have specific vaccinations to attend in person school.
“Alberta Education is not considering mandating vaccines for students in the K-12 education system.”