We’ve missed you and can’t wait to welcome you back into school! Things are going to look different when you return but we will do our best to mitigate risk. We are committed to working towards a safe and caring environment for all students and staff.
“Please note this plan will be updated as new information becomes available. CTR Catholic’s division Re-Entry Plan is indicated in black text with individual school information in blue. Individual school information is available on their school sites and will be updated no later than August 25, 2020.”
Our schools together with CTR Catholic, Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Ministry of Education are working together to provide your children a safe return to school in the fall. The school re-entry plan for ECS-12 schools considers three scenarios that could exist when the 2020-2021 school year begins.
Alberta Education is committed to providing the final plan no later than August 1, 2020 to allow school authorities time to make any additional adjustments to their own plans. It is imperative that school authorities plan and prepare for all three of these scenarios as the Covid-19 pandemic may change at any time and school authorities may be required to transition from one scenario to another with short notice.
Alberta Education will consider a number of factors when deciding which scenario will be implemented in September 2020. Schools provide more than the opportunity for traditional learning. Schools support the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of Alberta students. All of these factors need to be considered in the context of an evolving pandemic. Not offering in-person schooling has both broad societal implications that need to be considered, and risks to students of loss of educational and social opportunities and supports that must be weighed against the risk of infection transmission.
Return to in-class learning in school may vary across the province, dependent on the number of Covid-19 cases in the local area. If there are areas with high circulation of Covid-19, those areas with minimal cases and lower risk may return sooner than students in areas with more Covid-19.
The safety and well-being of our students and staff is top priority for CTR. Our efforts are to mitigate the risks of Covid-19. Below are some of the health and safety measures that make up CTR’s Re-Entry Plan.
General Building Safety
Our school will implement a plan for building safety upon return. This will include, but is not limited to the following:
Responding to an Illness
Cohorting will be used wherever possible. A cohort is a group of people or students who remain together as much as possible. This limits exposure to others. Cohorts are beneficial in the event that schools need to work with AHS to assist with contact tracing.
Expectations for drop-off/pick up
Please respect physical distancing when dropping off and picking up your child.
Belongings/School Supply List
Lunch/Hot Lunch/Breakfast Program
Extra Curricular Activities
Administration is working closely with teachers to resume in-class learning during the 2020-2021 school year. As part of planning, teachers will consider which concepts were taught during the spring and how this will impact classroom instruction in the fall. New routines and understanding the importance of hand hygiene, physical distancing, and respiratory etiquette will be infused into daily instruction.
Support for Students with Special Needs
Each school has support in place to assist students in this transition, including administrators, teachers, support staff, and Family School Liaison Workers (FSLW’s) and Connections Workers. FSLW’s and Connections Workers have spent significant time preparing for students’ arrival and are available to provide assistance to both students and parents. Parents are encouraged to reach out to their child’s school with specific questions or concerns regarding this transition back to school.
Moving Scenarios - Learning Together Online and In Class
In the event the Ministry calls for total distance learning due to a second spike, or in the event that CTR Catholic determines there is a significant, prolonged, and school-wide spike in absenteeism due to Covid, schools are preparing to transition to deliver live-streamed lessons to large numbers of students learning at home by necessity. The live-streaming delivery can be used in either scenario, and unlike distance learning this spring, students will receive direct instruction and normal assessment on the full curriculum throughout the day with the possibility for more interaction, engagement, and support.
This option will only be used in the event the Ministry limits the number of students allowed in the school at one time (ie 50%) or if at-home learning is mandated. If the Ministry announces additional health measures reducing occupancy, schools may need to divide students into two groups.
CTR would likely divide students into two groups on a two-day rotation according to last names.
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