PRPS COVID-19 Update - February 9, 2022
Yesterday evening, Premier Jason Kenny shared details regarding the province’s plan for moving forward, beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Full details of the Alberta plan for returning to normal is available here: February 8, 2022 Announcement
As a result of these changes, please be aware of the following updates to our division COVID-19 response plan:
→ Masking: Starting next week (February 14th), all masking requirements for students will be removed from the public health order for all K-12 students. This means that students in grades K-12 will not be required to wear a mask while riding the school bus, or while attending school. At this time, the Alberta Government still requires all adults (18 years of age or older) to wear masks while in schools. This includes school and division staff, bus drivers and any adult visitors to our schools. As always, our schools will continue to provide a supportive environment for those students who wish to continue wearing a mask.
→ Daily Checklist and Isolation Requirements: Parents are encouraged to continue to use the daily checklist when making decisions regarding sending their child to school. All isolation requirements for students who are close contacts or test positive for COVID-19 remain in place. The PRPS Student Illness Guide can be found here: PRPS Illness Guide
→ Spectators and Visitors in Schools: Restrictions on spectator limits (sports and performance) have been lifted, however all adults in school buildings are still required to wear a mask for the duration of the time they are in the school as per the current government direction.
→ Field Trips: The restrictions to field trip activities have been lifted. Schools are still encouraged to prioritize outdoor field trips and maintain cohorts, where possible.
→ After School Facility Use (youth): Outside user groups for youth are once again permitted at Prairie Rose Public School facilities. Please contact your local school for details.
As part of the three step Alberta plan for returning to normal, it is likely more changes will be coming throughout the next few weeks. Our division will continue to follow the direction provided by the provincial government as they move toward reopening Alberta.
Thank you again for your continued patience and understanding as we navigate the challenges of COVID-19. If you have any questions, please contact your school principal.