AIRDRIE – Several COVID-19 health measures have been scaled back in schools north of Calgary.
The Rocky View School District has revealed its COVID-19 plan for back to school, and many of the pandemic protocols that were in place last fall are no longer in effect.
Masking, physical distancing, cohorts, and staggered start times have all been eliminated, according to a release from the district.
The schools in this district will largely be returning to pre-pandemic protocols. A daily health checklist and hand sanitizer will be kept to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
RVS says it’s following the province’s lead and more COVID-19 measures could be added if the need arises.
Masks will be required for any kids taking the bus and students and staff who start to get sick or show symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent home.
However, if there does happen to be a COVID-19 case in the school, RVS says Alberta Health Services won’t be notifying staff and the schools will not be sending any notification home to parents even if staff is notified of a positive case.
For students who have to stay home, virtual learning will not be readily available.
The district says teachers will send “key work” home with students, but “will not be engaging in at-home learning.”
School boards in Calgary have implemented their own measures, with the Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Catholic School District both carrying over protocols from last year, including masking.
The CBE is also maintaining online learning options for families who don’t feel comfortable sending their kids to in-person classes.
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