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Oilfields High School Relaunch Communication

On July 21, the government of Alberta announced that all schools across the province will be in Scenario 1 for the 2020-21 school year.  This means all Foothills School Division (FSD) schools will be open for full time in-person classes.

 

While FSD will begin the year in Scenario 1, it is possible that we may have to transition between scenarios during the school year. Public health officials will work with school authorities to make the decision to transition to partial in-class learning or at-home learning based on multiple factors including the number of COVID-19 cases in a zone or a school and the risk of ongoing transmission. 

 

Any changes to the school relaunch scenario will be determined by Alberta Health and Alberta Education with information on local school-based and zone​ information. We will remain in communication with the Alberta government and will continue to follow their advice.

 

Your family has a choice on how your child will continue their education for the 2020-21 school year under Scenario 1.  We are providing the below information to assist you in this decision.  All FSD schools will follow the FSD 2020-21 School Relaunch Handbook as they prepare for Scenario 1.  Highlights of the School Relaunch Handbook include: 

Division-Wide Health Measures

Before School

Families must screen each student for symptoms of COVID-19 as well as influenza and the common cold.  Staff and students are required to complete the Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 screening questionnaire daily.  Students and staff who have COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to enter the school, they must stay home and self-isolate until they have been assessed by a health care provider to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases AND their symptoms have resolved.

 

On the School Bus

  • Students with symptoms must remain at home and not board the school bus.

  • Families are encouraged to have alternate transportation plans in place.  Routes may be cancelled with short notice as part of the FSD COVID-19 Response.

  • Students in Grades 4 to 12 will be required to wear masks. Younger students are being asked to wear masks if possible.

  • Once on the bus, students will have an assigned seat.  Students from the same house will sit together.

  • Each bus will be cleaned twice daily.

  • The Province is encouraging parents who can provide transportation to do so.  This will allow school divisions to reduce numbers on buses, assisting with physical distancing and other health measures.

Arriving at School

  • Students will have an assigned door they must use to enter and exit the school. When they arrive at school, students will go to an area outside their door and wait. Staff will be outside to remind kids to distance.

  • Students in Grades 4-12 must wear masks when entering the school and when within a common area.  Students may also be asked to wear masks within the classroom when physical distancing is not possible.  If a student arrives without a mask they will be provided with one.

    • Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 are encouraged to wear masks if they are able to do so.

  • Parents are asked to stay in their vehicles if they are dropping their children off at school. Adults will be required to schedule an appointment before entering the building. 

In the Classroom

  • Students will be assigned seating at school and teachers are planning lessons that reduce the need to share materials. If materials are shared they will be cleaned and disinfected after each use.

  • Staff are encouraged to teach outside when possible, students should come to school with appropriate clothing to spend time outdoors during the day.

  • Students and staff may be involved in regularly cleaning personal equipment and their desks and tables.

Lunch

  • ​It is highly recommended that parents send their child to school with a water bottle that can be refilled.

  • Families should send student food in clean containers with their own utensils.  Students will not be allowed to share utensils, dishes, and water bottles or drink containers.

  • Students will be expected to pack-in and pack-out all food each day.

  • All students will have to wash or sanitize their hands before and after eating.

  • Microwaves will not be available and students cannot order food to the school.

  • Students will remain in their designated lunch space.  

  • All food served at schools will be in pre-packaged portions and shared condiments will not be allowed.

Throughout the Day

  • Locker use will be minimized for student use to aid in hallway traffic flow and to assist with physical distancing.  Cube storage (cubbies) will remain open for jackets/boots only with staggered procedures in place.

  • There will be posters and other visual cues to remind students to properly distance while in the hallways. Use of common areas will be limited.

  • Staff will move throughout the school as much as possible to prevent students from having to switch classes. Students will be organized into smaller groups (cohorts) that remain with one another as much as possible.

  • To reduce the number of cohorts across Foothills School Division, at this time all extra-curricular activities remain cancelled.  This includes school sports and league & exhibition play (pending further review of current provincial guidelines).

Enhanced Cleaning

  • Throughout the day, custodians will clean and disinfect the school with a focus on high touch surfaces.

  • After school, custodians will follow an enhanced daily cleaning protocol.

  • Students will also be responsible for cleaning personal spaces and frequently touched items used throughout the day.

Illness Response

If a student develops symptoms while at the school, they will be provided a mask and isolated from other students. Parents will be notified to pick up their child immediately (within one hour).  Please ensure the school has an emergency contact listed for your child in the event you are unable to pick up your child.

 

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

If there are cases of COVID-19 identified within school settings, the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Zone Medical Officer of Health team will work directly with Foothills School Division to provide follow-up recommendations.

 

We respect the privacy and confidentiality of personal information and personal health informationInformation will be shared on a need to know basis and at the direction of Alberta Health Services.  Wherever possible AHS will communicate directly to individuals potentially affected by exposure.

 

Transportation Eligibility

  • School bus transportation will be available to eligible No Fee students only.  No Fee Transportation includes students registered in Foothills School Division and attending a school within their designated attendance boundary or students directed to a school outside their attendance boundary school for regional programs (such as French Immersion and Inclusive Learning programs).  In both situations, families qualify for transportation based on the following conditions:

    • Students whose residence (home address) is 2.4 kilometres or further from their designated school; or

    • Students in kindergarten to grade 3 whose residence (home address) is 1.6 kilometres or further from their designated school and who do not have an older sibling to walk with.

  • FSD will be unable to provide transportation for unqualified families during the 2020-21 school year.  School bus transportation will not be available to User Pay students in accordance with provincial protocols designed to limit student cohort sizes.  This includes students whose residence (home address) is closer to their designated school than the distances outlined above, school families who decide to send their children to an FSD school of choice outside their designated boundary, and guest riders.

Oilfields High School Health Measures

Staggered Entry

  • Monday, August 31st - Grade 7 and 8 Attendance Only (Students in grades 9 thru 12 will remain home) 

  • Tuesday, September 1st - No Students at OHS (Staff Operational Day) 

  • Wednesday, September 2nd - Grade 9 and 10 Attendance Only (All other students remain home) 

  • Thursday, September 3rd - No Students at OHS (Staff Operational Day) 

  • Friday, September 4th - Grade 11 and 12 Attendance Only (All other students remain home)  

  • Tuesday, September 8th, ALL students will begin regular attendance at OHS. 

  • Parents and students will receive ongoing updates as changes to our structures and routines develop as direction from the province occurs.   

  • As we continue to provide entry details, families can expect to receive more information from us by Wednesday, August 26th.

School Arrival / Dismissal

  • Parents/Guardians will use the designated drop off and pick up zones before and after school to ensure the safety of students and staff.  More information will be communicated by Wednesday, August 26th updating the designated entrances, exits and traffic patterns for the school. 

In the Classroom

  • Students are asked to bring their personal computers or electronic devices for learning to reduce the amount of contact with shared school computers and paper.  Please contact the school if your child does not have access to a personal device that can be used at school.  Please complete the following Survey to support our planning for the upcoming school year: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1s7qTpk0unlCjMvwKRPhKuI7PB7yxH3fdbufdS4fsWD0/edit

  • Students will be divided into cohorts to maintain the safety and mitigate risk of transmission for students.  Junior High Students will be organized into classroom cohorts that will remain together for the day all semester (Including Complementary courses).  Senior High Course students will be cohorted based on grade level.   

  • Complementary courses will continue to be part of the learning at Oilfields School, providing opportunities for a variety of learning experiences over the course of the year.   More information in regards to Complementary courses will be made available no later than August 26th when you receive your child’s semester one schedule.

  • Band will be offered following the same curriculum as Instrumental Music but will be limited to string and percussion instruments.  Students who own string or percussion instruments who are interested in taking music are encouraged to contact the school.

  • Students are expected to come prepared to be outdoors every day and dressed properly for the conditions. 

  • More information will be made available by Wednesday, August 26th.  

Visitors to the School

  • In the initial stages of school relaunch, parent volunteers and non-essential visitors will be limited and may only enter the building with advance permission from the school. Please email/call the school to make an appointment.  When accessing the school, visitors must pass a health assessment, wear a mask, and sanitize their hands upon entry.

School Supplies

  • Students will be asked to label and manage their personal items, as well as not sharing with other students or staff.  

  • All students in Grades 4 to 12 must have a clean reusable cloth or disposable mask with them as part of their supplies each day. 

  • Students in Grades 4 to 12 will be provided with two reusable cloth masks prior to school restart.

  • Students should bring their own filled water bottle to school each day (please label with name).

  • Students are responsible to ensure they are prepared for learning with the necessary supplies and dressed for all types of weather.   We will not be providing items such as calculators, writing utensils, rulers, etc.

  • Any school items shared with students (Ex: Art Supplies / Gym Equipment / Technology, etc) will be properly cleaned before and after use. 

  • Here is the 2020-2021 STUDENT SUPPLY LIST

Food & Nutrition 

  • Students are responsible for opening all containers and packages in their lunch. Please do not send anything in your child’s lunch that they cannot easily open themselves and avoid items that need to be microwaved. 

  • Senior High Students are encouraged to bring and eat lunch in their designated spaces provided within the school.   Students are encouraged to remain in their cohorts outside of the school as much as possible.  Consideration will be given to protect community members from the spread of COVID 19. 

  • Oilfields School will remain a closed campus for the Junior High Students.  They will not be permitted to leave their designated lunch area. 

  • More information in regards to Lunch protocols, Cafeteria and Vending Machines will be communicated by Wednesday, August 26th..  

Next Steps for Families

  • Don’t forget to complete the FSD School Relaunch Survey.  A unique link was emailed to each family on Friday August 14th.  If you have not received your survey link, please contact records@fsd38.ab.ca.  It is important that every family complete the survey to indicate your child(ren) will be returning to in-person full time learning or full-time Hub@Home online learning.

Confirm your contact information is accurate, including emergency contact info, by contacting your school at 403-938-4973 or by email:  Oilfields@fsd38.ab.ca