September 21 - Facebook Post
We need your help! We have been working very diligently at the school to help keep the children safe and healthy during this difficult time. With Covid-19 cases rising faster than ever, it is critically important that we all work together to help manage this pandemic to ensure the safety of our students and our staff. We cannot do this alone and we need the support of families to ensure that illness does not come in to our school. How can you help? Please talk with your child each morning to ask them how they are feeling. If they are showing signs of sickness, please keep them home and monitor them according to the stay at home guide. Do not send your child to school if they are sick. If students come to school sick, they risk spreading illness to other students and to the staff. This causes even further disruption to the learning of students, who then have to miss school, or staff who need to be replaced due to illness. Please be advised that if we observe students showing signs of illness, or if students report to us that they are sick, we will be contacting parents or guardians to come pick them up and take them home immediately. As a reminder, I have attached the PRPS Stay at Home guide for your reference. This document gives information as to what to do in the case that your child is showing illness. Link here: Thank you very much for your support as we all work to ensure a safe learning environment for our children. All the best, Mr.Corsie
September 16 - Facebook Post
Dear Parents and/or Guardians of MWS students, As you may know, On September 15, 2021, the Alberta government declared a state of public health emergency. With this declaration, several changes have been instituted in Alberta to help curb the spread of Covid-19. Some of these changes will have a direct and immediate impact on school operations for Margaret Wooding School as well as other schools in the province. These changes return us to a similar state that we were in during the last school year and are outlined below: Masking As was the case during the school year, all students from grade 4-12 will be required to wear an approved face mask while in school during the following circumstances: o While travelling through hallways and in all common areas o While working together with a partner during classroom work time o While standing and moving about in the classroom Students will not be required to wear a mask while seated in their desk and working independently, during Phys. Ed classes, and while outside of the school. Students may continue to wear a mask at this time if they choose to. All staff will be required to wear masks while in hallways, common areas, while circulating through the classroom and when a physical distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained. All students travelling on school transit will be required to wear a mask for the duration of the bus ride. Student cohort groups Students will continue to remain in their cohort groups for instruction while in school. As with last year, class cohorts will be assigned to a rotation of playground zones while on recess and outside breaks. Cohorts will not be permitted to play outside of their designated zones. Students will rotate daily through different areas of the school grounds. Hand sanitization / cleaning Students and staff will continue to sanitize or wash their hands when: o Entering or exiting the school / classroom o Prior to and after eating Physical distancing To assist with physical distancing and cohorting, we ask that students delay arrival in the morning until 5 minutes prior to the start of school. Upon arrival, students are to line up at their doors and await their teacher to let them into their classes. Health screening and Illness while at school Prior to getting on the bus, and/or sending your child to school, parents are asked to go through the health screening questions for each of their children. Students who are sick will not be allowed to come to school. Should a student come to school while ill, or start to develop symptoms, the parent or guardian will be required to pick them up immediately. No student will be allowed to ride the school bus home while sick. Our new COVID-19 Symptoms Testing and Isolation Requirements document outlines what to do if your child is sick or gets tested for COVID-19. Please see the Stay at Home Guide for instructions of how to monitor your child, or for more information on isolation requirements. Please note: Students exhibiting Core symptoms must: 1. Receive a negative Covid test result and no longer be presenting any symptoms, or 2. Stay home for a minimum of 10 days (or longer if they still have symptoms) We thank you very much for your understanding and support as we work to institute these new practices in our school to support the health and well being of our students and our staff. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school for more information at 403-548-7516. I have also included some links below for easy reference to assist you in finding information relating to Covid-19 precautions. Wishing you all well, Mr. Corsie Principal Margaret Wooding School PRPS – Stay at Home Guide (students) - 2021-2022 PRPS Re-entry Plan - Guidance for Respiratory Illness Prevention and Management in Schools - Government of Alberta – Covid-19 Public Health Actions -
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