Strategies to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus include:
Parents should monitor their child for symptoms. Before leaving home each day, parents are expected to screen their child using the Daily Screening Questionnaire. Anyone who reports symptoms should stay home, seek health care advice as appropriate (eg. Call Health Link 8-1-1, your primary health care practitioner, or 9-1-1 for emergency response), and fill out the AHS Online Self-Assessment tool to determine if the child should be tested.
What do I do if my child has symptoms or is a close contact?
Ensure your child has washed their hands before arrival and that they know to stay 2 metres from their fellow students/teachers. If you are dropping off your child, please do not leave your vehicle.
Please send your child with a filled personally labeled water bottle and a cloth or reusable mask.
All staff and students in Grades 4 to 12 must wear masks in all circulation areas, common areas, when moving around any instructional space, and when working face-to-face or in close contact with any other person. Students in Grade 4 to 12 may remove their masks when seated at their desks, physically distanced from others (including the teacher), working independently, not facing one another, and not moving around the room.
Mask use for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students is optional. Masks may be recommended by teachers of students in Grades K to 3 for particular activities and considered in circumstances where there is prolonged close contact (greater than 15 minutes) and a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained.
Students who ride the bus will be in closer proximity to other students on the bus. All students in Grade 4 to 12 are required to wear a mask while riding the bus. Parents are strongly encouraged to consider having their Kindergarten to Grade 3 child wear a mask while riding the bus.
Exemptions will be made for students and staff who are unable to wear a mask due to medical or other needs. In this case, the student will be seated 2 metres from other classmates to maintain physical distancing. Exemptions include:
Masks will not be required when outdoors for recess and most physical education classes.
Teachers will endeavour to ensure students who choose to wear masks are not stigmatized.
Physical distancing (2 metre spacing) is challenging in a K-12 school setting, particularly with younger students.
The following strategies will be implemented where possible:
CTR Catholic will abide by all privacy legislation and allow AHS to take the lead on protocols for informing the community about confirmed cases.
If a school has a confirmed positive case:
If a school has 2 or more cases:
CTR Catholic will collaborate and cooperate with AHS and follow any recommendations AHS makes with respect to contact tracing, site disinfecting, site safety, and communication.
CTR Catholic will follow all occupational health and safety requirements.
The number of parent volunteers and visitors in the school will be limited. Parents/guardians can attend the school if they are required. A visitor cannot enter the school if they are ill or any “Yes” to any of the questions on the Screening Questionnaire. All visitors must sign in at the front office.
In this event, 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.
It is Learning Together Online and In Class.
Live streaming involves some students learning in the classroom with a portion of the cohort participating via live streaming at home. This will involve parental superivision, especially with younger children. Students will attend class from home through a live video feed, have the ability to ask questions, complete assignments and submit assignments.
Select teachers from a variety of grades and schools are involved in this live streaming pilot based on their expertise and willingness to instruct in this way. It is not being offered at all grades and all schools at this time. This option will be also 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.
Please note: Synchronous, Interactive, Live-Streaming is not the optimal learning experience and will only be used in pilot classrooms, or if the Ministry moves to Scenario 2. In the event the Ministry calls for total distance learning due to a second spike, or in the event that CTR determines there is a significant, prolonged, and school-wide spike in absenteeism due to Covid-19, our 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 our current methods, students will receive direct instruction and normal assessment on the full curriculum throughout the day with the possibility for more interaction, engagement, and support.