Holy Spirit's In Response to COVID-19 page

In Response to COVID-19

Based on the guiding 2021-2022 School Year Plan document provided by the Government of Alberta during it's August 13, 2021 announcement, Holy Spirit Catholic School Division has updated it's Guidelines for Maintaining Safe and Healthy Schools in preparation for the 2021/2022 school year. 

Division Practices for the 2021/2022 School Year

Routine best practices to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses will continue to include:

  • promoting and facilitating hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • staying home when sick
  • maintaining ventilation
  • ensuring regular cleaning and disinfection of high traffic/touch areas
  • ensuring that masks are mandatory on buses

Effective Wednesday, September 8, 2021, and adhering to the Alberta Health CMOH Order 40-2021, buildings in Holy Spirit Catholic Schools will require all staff and all students (K-12) to wear a non-medical mask. While we understand the importance of language development in the early years and the potential impact of masking, children in Early Learning Programs are still strongly encouraged to wear a mask. Because the nature and layout of our schools do not allow for adequate physical distancing, masks will be required at all times (except as noted below). As we have recently communicated with parents, families and staff, please remain home if you are sick and continue to do the Alberta Health COVID-19 Self-Assessment for everyone in your household.

  • Masks will not be required during physical activity, eating (while seated), or when outdoors
  • Individuals who are unable to wear a mask will require a doctor’s note that is in alignment with the Alberta Health CMOH Order 40-2021. The Government has placed a Medical Note for Mask Exemption on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta website. The form can be found here.

Additional measures may be considered or recommended if a school experiences a COVID-19 outbreak. Should this occur, Holy Spirit Catholic School Division will work closely with Alberta Health Services to mitigate risk. Some of the measures that may be taken include:

  • requiring the use of masks
  • implementing classroom cohorts
  • limiting extra-curricular activities
  • making localized rapid testing availabl
  • any other measures, as determined by Alberta Health Services and Alberta Education

Vaccinations in Schools

As part of the Re-entry Plan for 2021/2022, the Government of Alberta announced that COVID-19 immunization clinics are being planned for grades 7 through 12 schools across the province. Alberta Health Services (AHS) has indicated that students under 18 of age will not be vaccinated without parent or guardian consent. When available, consent forms will be available through the school.

It should also be noted that these vaccination clinics will be open to interested staff. Provisions may also be made for parents, provided there are sufficient resources.

Out-of-School Learning: Division E-Learning

In the spring of 2021, the school division promoted an “E-learning” program as a program of choice for students from grades 4 to 12. Any student from within or external to the division had the opportunity to register for this program. Although we closed registrations and staffed accordingly, we have opened the option of E-learning for those parents who desire to have this method of delivery for 2021/2022. Further details and regarding the E-learning program and request for registration can be found on the ELearning Program & Trinity Learning Centre website. 

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