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Health & Wellness in School COVID-19 Information for the 2021-22 School Year

COVID-19 Information for the 2021-22 School Year

As of Tuesday, March 1, the province has moved into Step 2 of the three-step approach to lifting public health measures. Information will be shared with families as other decisions are made.

General

The Calgary Board of Education has implemented a number of system-wide health measures for the school year. These include but are not limited to:

  • Proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of high traffic/touch areas
  • Enhanced ventilation in schools
  • Classroom cohorts in kindergarten to Grade 6

We all play a role in ensuring our schools are as safe as possible and that we minimize the spread of COVID-19. The CBE has and will continue to encourage all eligible employees to get vaccinated.

Masks

Masks are no longer required for students, staff or visitors in CBE schools and workplaces. The exception is if they are required in accordance with individual isolation requirements, in some unique settings, or to align with Occupational Health & Safety guidance. As well, students 13 years old and older are still required to wear masks while riding Calgary Transit.

We will continue to support students and staff who choose to wear masks and individual choices will be respected. 

​Daily Screening – Stay Home if you are Feeling Unwell

Students and staff are expected to use the daily checklist to identify if they should attend or stay home. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms must stay at home until symptoms resolve. Families should follow the guidance on the daily checklist.

See:     COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist

If a Student is Sick or had COVID-19 Symptoms

Chief Medical Officer of Health – What Parents Should do if Positive Cases are Reported in Schools/Classrooms

Student Immunizations

While not required by students to attend school, we continue to strongly encourage vaccination for all eligible students aged five years and up.​

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Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health says that vaccines are highly effective and proven to protect Albertans and communities from COVID-19. The Canadian Pediatric Society is also recommending that all eligible children get vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Appointments can be booked through the Alberta Vaccine Booking system, or by calling Health Link at 811. Appointments are available primarily at AHS clinics around the province. Vaccines will not be available in schools at this time.

Parent or guardian consent is required for children to get their vaccine, and it can be provided either in-person at the vaccine appointment or by a signed consent form. Parents and guardians are encouraged to seek out reliable and factual information to inform their decisions on vaccines for their children.

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Extra-Curricular Activities

Schools are able resume in-person activities, meetings and events with their school communities. This includes allowing indoor spectators at K-9 schools for sports and performances. Schools may choose to continue with some virtual events such as school council meetings and parent-teacher conferences.

However, schools will consider strategies to reduce crowding and improve/increase ventilation to reduce potential transmission of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. Principals have an obligation under the Education Act (Section 33) to ensure a safe environment in their schools and continue to have the authority to set attendance limits for events to ensure the safety of students and staff.

Visitors & Volunteers

Scheduled volunteers and visitors to schools are permitted.

Prior to scheduled visitors entering the school they must complete Alberta Health Daily Checklist. If a visitor answers YES to any of the questions, the individual must not be admitted into the school.

​Travel

Families considering international travel must follow direction from Alberta Health Services and the Government of Canada upon returning. Their guidance is subject to change.

See:     Government of Alberta COVID-19 Travel Requirements

            Government of Canada COVID-19 Travel

​​    Travelling with children or dependents who are not fully vaccinated


Updates for Families



​Mar. 3, 2022
Lifting of COVID-19 Health Measures
​Feb. 28, 2022
COVID-19 Health Measures Update
​Feb. 11, 2022
COVID-19 Health Measures in CBE Schools
​Feb. 7, 2022
Update for Families
​Jan. 12, 2022

Updated Guidance and Health Measures
​​Jan. 6, 2022

COVID-19 and Health Measures Update
​​Dec. 31, 2021
Winter Break Extended Until Monday, Jan. 10, 2022
​Dec. 16, 2021

Winter Break Reminders and COVID-19 Update
​Dec. 2, 2021

Update for Families
​Nov. 9, 2021

CBE'S COVID-19 Immunization Requirement
​​Oct. 18, 2021
Update on Positive Case Notifications
​​Oct. 5, 2021

Vaccination Requirement for Employees, Partners, Volunteers​
​Sept. 15, 2021

Update on New Health Measures

​Sept. 10, 2021 Notification of Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Schools
​Aug. 30, 2021 Important Updates and Reminders for the 2021-22 School Year
​Aug. 18, 2021 2021-22 School Re-Entry Information
​Aug. 11, 2021 2021-22 School Re-Entry for Schools on the Modified Calendar

 


See previous COVID-19 under Health and Wellness News Stories ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 
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