Division Communication

COVID-19 Protocols

The COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge for Lethbridge School Division. To ensure safety of students staff, the school community and the community at large, leadership at all levels of the Division must continuously evaluate the response to COVID-19, and consider a wide range of factors, such as those listed below.

Nov. 3 UPDATE:

Alberta Health Services has been working closely with Lethbridge School Division to support and manage the safety of our schools.
On Nov. 3, Lethbridge School Division received notice there is an outbreak at Senator Joyce Fairbairn Middle School. As a result, Senator Joyce Fairbairn School is required to follow AHS direction and protocols.
The Alberta Government defines an outbreak as: If there are TWO OR MORE confirmed cases in your school setting (staff/child) within a 14-day period (one incubation period) OR two or more confirmed cases staff child) that are epidemiologically linked.
To date, AHS has notified the Division that there are two COVID-19 cases at Senator Joyce Fairbairn Middle School. At this time, based on advice from Alberta Education, Senator Joyce Fairbairn Middle School will remain open.
AHS has proceeded with defining close contacts of the two cases within the school context, and those
individuals will be contacted by the school via email.
Those individuals will be required to quarantine immediately for the period defined by the close-contact letter.
For more information, please see this letter from AHS:AHS LETTER

Nov. 1 UPDATE:

Alberta Health Services has been working closely with Lethbridge School Division to support and manage the safety of our schools.
On Nov. 1, Lethbridge School Division received notice there is an outbreak at Wilson Middle School. As a result, Wilson Middle School is required to follow AHS direction and protocols.
The Alberta Government defines an outbreak as: If there are TWO OR MORE confirmed cases in your school setting (staff/child) within a 14-day period (one incubation period) OR two or more confirmed cases staff child) that are epidemiologically linked.
To date, AHS has notified the Division that there are two COVID-19 cases at Wilson Middle School. At this time, based on advice from Alberta Education, Wilson Middle School will remain open.
AHS has proceeded with defining close contacts of the two cases within the school context, and those
individuals will be contacted by the school via email.
Those individuals will be required to quarantine immediately for the period defined by the close-contact letter.
For more information, please see this letter from AHS: AHS LETTER

October 30 UPDATE:

Alberta Health Services has been working closely with Lethbridge School Division to support and manage the safety of our schools.
On Oct. 30, Lethbridge School Division received notice Winston Churchill High School has been placed on Watch status. As a result, Winston Churchill High School is required to follow AHS direction and protocols.
The Alberta Government declares a Watch status when: a school has FIVE or more cases where COVID-19 could have been acquired or transmitted in the school.
To date, AHS has notified the Division that there are five COVID-19 cases at Winston Churchill High School. At this time, based on advice from AHS, Winston Churchill High School will remain open.
AHS has defined close contacts of the five cases within the school context, and those individuals have been contacted by the school through an emailed letter.
Those individuals are now required to quarantine immediately for the period defined by the close-contact letter.
To ensure students remain connected to their teachers and to the school community, Winston Churchill has a plan in place to deliver online education.
For students whose teachers have been directed to quarantine by AHS, their classes will be taught online, by their teachers, via Microsoft TEAMS. Students will remain home (only for those classes) to continue learning with their subject-specialist teachers.
Students who are not in quarantine, who have other classes where their teachers are still in school, will attend those classes in person. For example, a student may stay home to learn on TEAMS with their teacher for Math, but then come to school for any other classes that day. Online learning will only occur as long as the teacher is asked to quarantine, which is typically 14 days.
For students asked to quarantine, their teachers will continue to support their learning through Microsoft TEAMS.
For students who currently have a teacher in isolation, Winston Churchill staff will communicate with them regarding a timeline for their class being online.

October 29 UPDATE:

Alberta Health Services has been working closely with Lethbridge School Division to support and manage the safety of our schools.
On Oct. 29, Lethbridge School Division received notice there is an outbreak at Gilbert Paterson Middle School. As a result, Gilbert Paterson Middle School is required to follow AHS direction and protocols.
The Alberta Government defines an outbreak as: If there are TWO OR MORE confirmed cases in your school setting (staff/child) within a 14-day period (one incubation period) OR two or more confirmed cases staff child) that are epidemiologically linked.
To date, AHS has notified the Division that there are two COVID-19 cases at Gilbert Paterson Middle School. At this time, based on advice from Alberta Education, Gilbert Paterson Middle School will remain open.
AHS has proceeded with defining close contacts of the two cases within the school context, and those
individuals will be contacted by the school via email.
Those individuals will be required to quarantine immediately for the period defined by the close-contact letter.
For more information, please see this letter from AHS: AHS LETTER

October 27 UPDATE:

Alberta Health Services has been working closely with Lethbridge School Division to support and manage the safety of our schools.
On Oct. 27, Lethbridge School Division received notice there is an outbreak at Winston Churchill High School. As a result, Winston Churchill High School is required to follow AHS direction and protocols.
The Alberta Government defines an outbreak as: If there are TWO OR MORE confirmed cases in your school setting (staff/child) within a 14-day period (one incubation period) OR two or more confirmed cases staff child) that are epidemiologically linked.
To date, AHS has notified the Division that there are three COVID-19 cases at Winston Churchill High School. At this time, based on advice from AHS, Winston Churchill High School will remain open.
AHS has proceeded with defining close contacts of the three cases within the school context, and those
individuals will be contacted by the school through an emailed letter and individually by AHS as close
contacts.
Those individuals will be required to quarantine immediately for the period defined by AHS.
For more information, please see this letter from AHS: AHS LETTER

October 25 UPDATE:

Alberta Health Services has been working closely with Lethbridge School Division to support and manage the safety of our schools.
On Oct. 25, Lethbridge School Division received notice there is an outbreak at Immanuel Christian Secondary School. As a result, Immanuel Christian Secondary School is required to follow AHS direction and protocols.
The Alberta Government defines an outbreak as: If there are TWO OR MORE confirmed cases in your school setting (staff/child) within a 14-day period (one incubation period) OR two or more confirmed cases staff child) that are epidemiologically linked.
To date, AHS has notified the Division that there are two COVID-19 cases at Immanuel Christian Secondary School. At this time, based on advice from AHS, Immanuel Christian Secondary School will remain open.
AHS has proceeded with defining close contacts of the two cases within the school context, and those
individuals will be contacted by the school through an emailed letter and individually by AHS as close
contacts.
Those individuals will be required to quarantine immediately for the period defined by AHS.
For more information, please see this letter from AHS:AHS LETTER

October 13 UPDATE:

The Parent Re-entry Plan for the 2020/2021 school year has been updated. Please see the following link to view the plan: RE-ENTRY UPDATE