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.

Jan, 26 UPDATE:

Alberta Health Services has been working closely with Lethbridge School Division to support and manage the safety of our schools.
As of Jan. 26, AHS has notified the Division that there are now four 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 four 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.
On Jan. 12, the Division first received notice of an Outbreak at Gilbert Paterson Middle School. As a result, Gilbert Paterson Middle School was required to follow AHS direction and protocols.
As of Jan. 18, however, the Government of Alberta announced changes to how COVID-19 cases are reported in schools.
An Alert is issued for schools that have one to four cases. Schools are put on Outbreak status when five or more cases of COVID-19 are reported.

Dec. 9 UPDATE:

Alberta Health Services has been working closely with Lethbridge School Division to support and manage the safety of our schools.
On Dec. 9, Wilson Middle School’s status shifted from Watch to Outbreak. 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 a school setting (staff/child) within a 14-day period (one incubation period) OR two or more confirmed cases (staff/child) that are epidemiologically linked.
As of Dec. 9, there are now two active COVID-19 cases at Wilson Middle School. At this time, based on advice from Alberta Education, Wilson Middle School will remain open. As of Nov. 30, Wilson’s Grade 7 and Grade 8 students, like all middle schools across Alberta, shifted to at-home learning. Grade 6 students will continue to attend in-person classes until Lethbridge School Division’s Christmas break.

Dec. 4 UPDATE:

As per the Government of Alberta’s November announcement, Grades K-6 students (including Early Education Program students), will transition to at-home learning from Jan. 4 through to Jan. 8.
Please note, for elementary schools throughout Lethbridge School Division, teachers will begin to deliver at-home learning on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Our teachers will use Monday, Jan. 4 to organize at-home learning instruction for students.
Please note, for K-6 and EEP students currently enrolled in at-home learning, classes will also not be held on Monday, Jan. 4.

Dec. 4 UPDATE:

Alberta Health Services has been working closely with Lethbridge School Division to support and manage the safety of our schools.
On Dec. 4, Lethbridge School Division received notice there is an outbreak at Park Meadows Elementary School. As a result, Park Meadows Elementary 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 a school setting (staff/child) within a 14-day period (one incubation period) OR two or more confirmed cases (staff/child) that are epidemiologically linked.
AHS has notified the Division that there are now three COVID-19 cases at Park Meadows Elementary School. At this time, based on advice from Alberta Education, Park Meadows Elementary 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 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

Dec. 2 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.
As of Dec. 2, AHS has notified the Division that there are now four 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 for in-school classes for Grade 6 students who are not identified as close contacts. At-home learning began on Nov. 30 for Fairbairn students in Grade 7 and Grade 8, as per the Government of Alberta's mandatory restrictions, announced on Nov. 24.
AHS has proceeded with defining close contacts of the four 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.

Nov. 30 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.
As of Nov. 30, AHS has notified the Division that there are now four COVID-19 cases at Wilson Middle School. At this time, based on advice from Alberta Education, Wilson Middle School will remain open for in-school classes for Grade 6 students who are not identified as close contacts will. At-home learning was scheduled to begin on Nov. 30 for Wilson students in Grade 7 and Grade 8, as per the Government of Alberta's mandatory restrictions, announced on Nov. 24.
AHS has proceeded with defining close contacts of the four 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.

Nov. 30 UPDATE:

Alberta Health Services has been working closely with Lethbridge School Division to support and manage the safety of our schools.
On Nov. 30, Lethbridge School Division received notice there is an outbreak at Dr. Probe Elementary School. As a result, Dr. Probe Elementary 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 a school setting (staff/child) within a 14-day period (one incubation period) OR two or more confirmed cases (staff/child) that are epidemiologically linked.
AHS has notified the Division that there are now two COVID-19 cases at Dr. Probe Elementary School. At this time, based on advice from Alberta Education, Dr. Probe Elementary 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. 29 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.
As of Nov. 29, AHS has notified the Division that there are now three COVID-19 cases at Wilson Middle School. At this time, based on advice from Alberta Education, Wilson Middle School will remain open for in-school classes for Grade 6 students who are not identified as close contacts will. At-home learning was scheduled to begin on Nov. 30 for Wilson students in Grade 7 and Grade 8, as per the Government of Alberta's mandatory restrictions, announced on Nov. 24.
AHS has proceeded with defining close contacts of the three 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.

Nov. 25 UPDATE:

Alberta Health Services has been working closely with Lethbridge School Division to support and manage the safety of our schools.
On Nov. 25, Lethbridge School Division received notice Gilbert Paterson Middle School has been placed on Watch status. As a result, Gilbert Paterson Middle 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.
As of Nov. 25, AHS has notified the Division that there are now five COVID-19 cases at Gilbert Paterson Middle School. At this time, based on advice from AHS, Gilbert Paterson Middle School will remain open. As of Nov. 30, Gilbert Paterson’s Grade 7 and Grade 8 students, like all middle schools across Alberta, will shift to at-home learning. Grade 6 students will continue to attend in-person classes until Lethbridge School Division’s Christmas break.
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.

Nov. 25 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.
As of Nov. 25, AHS has notified the Division that there are now eight COVID-19 cases at Winston Churchill High School. At this time, based on advice from AHS, Winston Churchill High School will remain open. As of Nov. 30, WCHS, like all high school across Alberta, will shift to at-home learning
AHS has defined close contacts of the eight 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.

Nov. 24 UPDATE:

Today, the Government of Alberta announced mandatory restrictions for schools, which begin Nov. 30.
Students in Grade 7 to Grade 12 will move to at-home learning starting on Nov. 30. Students and staff will have their scheduled Christmas break following the last day of class on Dec. 18. The first day of class, Jan. 4, will commence as scheduled with at-home delivery.
Grades K-6 students (including Early Education Program students), will continue in-person learning to Dec. 18. Following the scheduled Christmas break, classes will be delivered at-home using online delivery from Jan. 4 through to Jan. 8.
At this time, all students are set to resume in-person classes on Jan. 11.
For our middle schools, this will mean Grade 6 students will continue to go to school until Dec. 18. These students will continue to be bused to school, as per usual.
An important note for high school students and staff is that diploma exams are optional for rest of the school year. Students and their families can choose whether to write an exam or receive an exemption for the January, April, June and August 2021 exams. Details regarding opting into exams will be sent by schools in the near future.

Nov. 20 UPDATE:

Alberta Health Services has been working closely with Lethbridge School Division to support and manage the safety of our schools.
On Nov. 20, Lethbridge School Division received notice there is an outbreak at Fleetwood-Bawden Elementary School. As a result, Fleetwood-Bawden Elementary 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 a school setting (staff/child) within a 14-day period (one incubation period) OR two or more confirmed cases (staff/child) that are epidemiologically linked.
AHS has notified the Division that there are now two COVID-19 cases at Fleetwood-Bawden Elementary School. At this time, based on advice from Alberta Education, Fleetwood-Bawden Elementary 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. 17 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.
As of Nov. 17, AHS has notified the Division that there are now three 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 three 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. 4 UPDATE:

Alberta Health Services has been working closely with Lethbridge School Division to support and manage the safety of our schools.
On Nov. 4, Lethbridge School Division received notice there is an outbreak at Chinook High School. As a result, Chinook 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 two COVID-19 cases at Chinook High School. At this time, based on advice from Alberta Education, Chinook High 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. 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