Provincial Communication

Information below includes COVID-19 updates from the Province of Alberta, Alberta Education and Alberta Health Services. 

Nov. 12 UPDATE:

New public health measures are in place in communities across Alberta to protect the health system and limit the spread of COVID-19. Learn more here: MEASURES

October 29 UPDATE:

Updates to the DAILY CHECKLIST for students will take effect on Monday, Nov. 2.
The new Alberta Health daily checklist for children under 18 has been released and will apply to Albertans under 18. This also applies to individuals who are 18 and over and are attending high school.
Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has also written a letter to parents to explain changes to the daily symptoms checklist. The letter can be found here: HINSHAW
All other Albertans who are 18 and over, including school staff, will continue to use the Alberta Health daily checklist that was previously posted online.
Both checklists are available here: COVID-19 INFORMATION.
Symptoms of runny nose and sore throat have been removed from the mandatory isolation checklist for Albertans under 18.
The core isolation symptoms for children are now one (or more) of the following: cough, fever, loss of taste or smell and shortness of breath. If a child has any of these core symptoms:
They are to isolate for 10 days OR have a negative COVID-19 test result and feel better before they return to school or other activities.
If a child has ONE of the following symptoms: chills; sore throat or painful swallowing; runny nose or congestion; feeling unwell or fatigue; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; unexplained loss of appetite; muscle or joint aches; headache; or conjunctivitis (pink eye):
The child should stay home and monitor for 24 hours.
If their symptom is improving after 24 hours, they can return to school/activities when they feel well enough to attend. Testing is not recommended.
If the symptom worsens after 24 hours, or if additional symptoms emerge, or if the child has any two symptoms from this second list, they are to continue to stay home, and testing is recommended but not required. The child can return to activities and school when their symptoms have resolved AND it has been 24 hours or more since their symptoms started.
The amount of time a student needs to stay home from school depends on the type of symptoms. For more information, please click on this document, which outlines isolation requirements: ISOLATION

October 13 UPDATE:

Gene Williams, Assistant Deputy Minister at Alberta Education, provided this update today in terms of diploma exam administration for the November writing session:
When the school re-entry plan was released, the department announced that diploma exams will continue to be administered as long as Scenario 1 or Scenario 2 are in place, but may be cancelled if a shift to Scenario 3 becomes necessary. We are dealing with a complex and unpredictable set of circumstances, and we must remain ready to adapt to changes and follow the guidelines set out by the Chief Medical Officer of Health. That said, we are always exploring options to make the return to in-person learning as smooth as possible and we will make adjustments to the school re-entry plan as required.
As such, Alberta’s government is providing students and parents with the option of choosing if they write their diploma exams for the November 2020 administration. At this time, diploma exam administrations for the balance of the 2020/21 school year are expected to proceed as usual. Alberta’s government will continue to monitor the situation and potential adjustments to future diploma exam administrations will be considered one administration at a time.
Below are some important operational details to share with your school leaders:
- The decision to write November 2020 diploma exams resides with students and their parents. 
- Schools will work with students to determine who will write the exams in November 2020.
- The department will provide diploma exams to schools through a supplemental shipment process. To ensure adequate diploma exams are provided to schools in time for students to write them, schools are required to provide the approximate numbers of diploma exams to the department by October 20, 2020.
- Students who will receive a school-awarded mark for Quarter 1 (September to November courses) and do not write diploma exams will automatically receive exemptions.
To ensure students who want to write diploma exams can access them, all schools that have students registered to write November 2020 diploma exams should be ready to administer them. However, to streamline diploma exam administration, school authorities may choose to consolidate exam writings at a central location.
Click here for a Q and A document: DIPLOMA EXAMS.

October 8 UPDATE:

The Guidance for School Re-Entry - Scenario 1 includes a number of key updates, including cohorts, in-person learning and auxiliary spaces: GUIDELINES

The Implementation Guide - Scenario 1, relflects changes in the School Re-Entry guide and provides greater detail for implementation purposes: IMPLEMENATION