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:
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
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,
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