July 21 Re-Entry Update

July 21

Wild Rose School Division Re-Entry Update

July 23, 2020

This afternoon, the Government of Alberta has officially announced their decision to start the 2020-21 school year using scenario 1. This means that daily in-school classes for all schools in Wild Rose School Division will resume for all students effective August 31, 2020. 

This scenario includes several new provincial safety strategies aimed at reducing the potential spread of COVID-19. In general these strategies include:

  • hand hygiene & respiratory etiquette
  • physical distancing
  • use of cohorts
  • increased frequency of cleaning and disinfection
  • having staff and students stay home when ill.

Wild Rose School Division divisional administration will be meeting with all of our school administrators in the coming days to review the re-entry documents provided by the government. From these documents we will be finalizing specific re-entry guidelines for all WRSD schools, students, staff and parents that will provide a greater understanding of what school will look like starting the 2020-21 school year and what we will be doing to help protect our students and staff. In the meantime, please feel free to see the following sources of information regarding the K-12 re-entry of Alberta students:

Please be assured that the safety and well-being of students and staff continues to be our top priority and we will continue to follow the protocols established by Alberta Education, Alberta Health Services and the Chief Medical Officer.

We plan to have our Re-entry Guidelines completed and posted on the WRSD website, school websites and social media sites by August 7, 2020. Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we move forward with our plans for re-entry for the 2020-21 school year.  We are looking forward to having all of our students and staff back together again for the start of the 2020-21 school year.

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Angela Howes said on July 21, 2020

Please consider offering option B (blended and/or staggered) Also there was absolutely no information provided about bussing. As I’ve watched the numbers rise again I will be exploring any and all alternative options before I even consider sending my children back onto a crammed school bus then into a crammed school.

Craig Reid said on July 21, 2020

Covid scam. This is Outta control. B clean.

Reann Winter said on July 21, 2020

What plans will be put into place for parents who refuse to make their children guinea pigs in a pandemic? What protections will be put into place for teachers who value the lives of their students/families/co-workers/selves?

Mary Jane Fradette said on July 22, 2020

My daughter has asthma. I am not ok with her going to school. I can get the doctor to back me up because he doesn't fell it's safe for her to go back. Is there a way for her to go to school online?

Brad Volkman said on July 22, 2020

On August 7th we will be posting detailed re-entry guidelines outlining all of the new safety protocols that will be used in our schools for the purpose of reducing the spread of COVID-19 among our students and staff. This will include new protocols for our buses. Although scenario 1 does mean all of our students are able to return to school and ride our buses starting August 31, daily school routines will be much different compared to the past based on these new safety protocols. We will also continue to follow all of the recommendations provided by Alberta Health Services and the Chief Medical Officer.

Brad Volkman said on July 22, 2020

School Divisions do not have the authority to choose between scenario 1 or scenario 2 or scenario 3. The Government of Alberta has the sole authority in this matter based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer. They have determined that all school divisions will start the school year with scenario 1 where all students are welcome back to school on a daily basis with additional health and safety measures in place. If the Chief Medical Officer decides during the year that one of our schools or communities must move to scenario 2, we will at that time set up a schedule where the students from that particular school or community would attend half time on alternating days.

Brad Volkman said on July 22, 2020

We understand that there will be some students and staff with unique health or medical conditions that may require additional accommodations in order to return safely. In some cases, students may need to continue with teacher directed at-home instruction much like all of our students received during the final months of the 2019-20 school year. On August 7th we will be sending a letter to all parents and staff asking if they require any special accommodations in order to return safely. We will also ask parents to register for teacher directed at-home instruction if this is required for their child or children. Once we know how many students require at-home instruction, we will assign teachers who are able to focus on offering quality on-line instruction to this group of students. Safety of our students and staff will continue to be our top priority and we take very seriously our responsibility to provide quality learning opportunities for all of our students.