Update #3: Health Measures in St. Paul Education Schools
September 20, 2021
* Applies to all St. Paul Education schools and facilities
Further to the Government of Alberta Public Health Emergency declared on September 15, 2021, please see the enhanced restrictions that are being implemented in our schools.
Masking is mandatory for students in Grades 4-12 and all staff
Masks are highly recommended for students in K-3
Masks are still required for all K-12 students while riding a bus
Masks are NOT required outside
Masks Inside the Classroom
Face masks are not routinely required while students are seated in the classroom
If close contact between students, or students and teachers/staff is occurring as a result of classroom activities, masks may be used for the duration of the activity
If students are all seated and the teacher is in a designated area at the front of the class with at least two metres of physical distance from the closest student, the teacher may remove their mask to teach
Staff will continue to physically distance themselves as much as possible even when wearing a mask
A cohort is defined as a group of students and staff whose members are always the same people.
The size of the cohort will depend on the physical space of the classroom or learning setting. Class sizes will be consistent with what St. Paul Education has provided in the past, and there may be instances where small classes or grades are combined.
All elementary schools (K-6) will implement class cohorting to the extent possible
Grade 6 students are allowed to continue to play on sports teams
Two-meter physical distancing will be encouraged where possible
Multi-classroom/cohort gatherings such as assemblies, whole grade, or whole school groupings are prohibited
Physical Activity/Sports/Performance Activities in Schools
All sports remain in place
Students are not required to mask or maintain two-meter physical distancing during a physical activity such as physical education
No restrictions on outdoor activities
Indoor sports/performance/recreation/special interests are permitted with requirements for two-meter physical distancing, where possible
Spectator Attendance at Sports and Other After-School Activities
In an effort to control the spread of COVID 19 and due to a lack of manpower to monitor after school events, no spectators will be allowed
School doors will be locked for after school events
There are no restrictions on outdoor activities
Schools are closed to any/all outside use and/or rentals
School Council meetings will he held virtually
No changes to Cafeteria/Food/Hot Lunch programming
Main entrance doors will remain unlocked during school hours
All visitors must wear a mask
Volunteers and guest speakers are still allowed
Schools will encourage physical distancing when possible
Please understand we are mandated to follow AHS directives, but within this context, our goal is also to apply a reasonable, balanced approach to the extent possible.
As always, we thank our students, families and staff for their cooperation and understanding as we navigate through this pandemic.