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Oct 20
District reminds parents & guardians of pandemic protocols

School looks very different for families this year -- staying in cohorts, wearing masks and physical distancing have become standard for students navigating the hallways and classrooms. But those are just a few steps the district has taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

The district’s health and safety protocols also extend to parents and guardians, including how students are dropped off and picked up, and who can enter the school.

“A lot went into the new health and safety training for staff in preparation for this school year,” said Mary Campbell, Manager of Health & Safety with the district. “Daily health checks , staying in cohorts, physical distancing, cough etiquette and diligent hand hygiene have become new standards for everyone at school.

“It is important that all of us follow these protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our larger community from this virus.”

distancing graphic.JPGThe district also reminds parents and guardians to continue taking safety measures when on school property, including practicing physical distancing from other parents, students and staff when dropping off and picking up their children. Anyone on school property should maintain a distance of two metres from others where possible. If distancing is not possible, parents are encouraged to wear masks.

As a precaution, no visitors are permitted in schools without prior arrangement by the principal. Parents who have arranged to visit their child’s school should not enter classrooms and must follow the directions posted on the school entrance, such as phoning to make an online appointment to speak to their child’s teacher, calling the office or dropping off forgotten school items at the exterior door.

“We want to limit the number of people entering our schools to lessen the chance of exposure to our students and staff,” said Campbell. “This year has been an adjustment for everyone, but it’s something we must do to ensure the health and wellbeing of everyone at our schools.”

Parents should also assess themselves for symptoms and avoid coming to school property if they have one or more symptoms of COVID-19 , have returned from international travel in the last 14 days, or have been in contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19.

Students and staff should also stay home when new symptoms of illness develop. The district will support any students who need to stay home due to illness.

The health and safety of our students and staff is everyone’s responsibility, and the district thanks all students, staff and parents for their efforts.

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