Students Returning to School Under Scenario One

On July 21, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced that all Kindergarten to Gr. 12 students will re-enter school this fall under Scenario 1: in-school learning with class resuming at near-normal operations and health-measures.

July 22, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians/Staff,

Rocky View Schools (RVS) will be welcoming students back to class in September.

On July 21, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced that all Kindergarten to Gr. 12 students will re-enter school this fall under Scenario 1: in-school learning with class resuming at near-normal operations and health-measures. This is in-line with the preference of students and parents, and RVS is appreciative of the government’s early announcement, which will allow our jurisdiction time to finalize its plans under this scenario.

With the safety and well-being of students and staff at the forefront of all efforts, RVS will be changing some school routines and practices to adhere to provincial risk mitigation strategies by employing multiple layers of protection such as:

Asking families, staff, and visitors to conduct daily health checks prior to school entry with strict stay-at-home and pick up policy for anyone exhibiting signs of illness

  • Enhancing cleaning and disinfecting practices in schools and on buses
  • Encouraging physical distancing where possible
  • Simplifying rooms and traffic flow to allow for more physical space
  • Cohorting students where possible
  • Mandating hand hygiene and coughing/sneezing etiquette
  • Outlining shared material and equipment handling
  • Assigning mandatory seating plans on buses

Given the evolving nature of the pandemic, we will be working to minimize risks under this scenario but remind everyone that circumstances may change, which may see the province mandate our schools move to a blended or at-home learning format with very little notice. We recommend that you have contingency plans in place to support your children and family should such an event arise.

As we finalize our plans, we invite you to review our preliminary re-entry plan for Scenario 1, accessible on RVS’ public website at: https://www.rockyview.ab.ca/school-re-entry-plan. Much of the information outlined in this scenario was guided by provincial direction and the more than 17,000 responses we received from parents, students and staff. Please note that these preliminary plans are subject to change as we gather more information.

RVS recognizes parents and staff will likely have questions in the coming weeks as we all prepare to return to school. We encourage you to submit your questions through our website when the form opens Aug. 4, 2020. Parents and guardians are also asked to watch for an email on or before Aug. 28, 2020, with more details of what they can expect for their children when school returns. The provincial government has provided a re-entry tool kit as a resource for parents to help prepare them for returning to school.

We look forward to welcoming you back to safe and secure learning environments in September.

Sincerely,

Fiona Gilbert, Board Chair & Greg Luterbach, Superintendent of Schools

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