Even during the most adverse of times, River Valley School continues to be an innovative and inclusive school that endeavours to harness the innate curiosity in children and ensure that every one of our students will flourish academically, socially and emotionally. Within the current challenging context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the school’s mission and values remain at the heart of all that we do to ensure that every student is capable of achieving their personal best.
Continuing to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in our school will require the dedication and support of our entire community. Such measures as hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, physical distancing, increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting, the diligent and daily completion of the health screening questionnaire by every student and staff member, and, of course, having staff and students stay home when sick or exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, are all important to the health and wellbeing of our entire RVS community. The school remains dedicated to the additional measures of mask use, staggered drop-off and pick-up, the implementation of an adjusted timetable, the procurement of additional resources and equipment to reduce the sharing of materials, and the continued employment of additional custodial and cleaning staff. Alberta Health Services (AHS) has advised and trusted schools to create protocols that reflect their own school contexts, and, at River Valley School, we continue to go above and beyond expectations whenever possible.
The document below outlines exactly what health protocols will look like for all of us. Knowing that the context of this pandemic can change quickly, we will continually review and evaluate our protocols to ensure the health and safety of our community. As such, this document is subject to change at any time.
DAILY SELF-SCREENING PRACTISES
In order to prevent the spread of infection, students, teachers and staff who have signs and/or symptoms of COVID-19 (according to Ministry of Health and local Public Health guidance) must stay home and decisions about testing and return to school should be guided by the Ministry of Health in consultation with local Public Health protocols.
Before leaving home, staff and students who will access the school for work or education must self-screen for symptoms each day that they enter the school using the Alberta Health Daily Checklist.
Effective January 3, Albertans are legally required to isolate as outlined below:
- Fully vaccinated (2 doses or 1 dose Janssen): Isolate for 5 days from the start of symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer, if symptoms are not related to a pre-existing condition. For 5 days following isolation, wear a mask at all times when around others outside of home.
- Not fully vaccinated (1 dose or less): Isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer, if symptoms are not related to a pre-existing condition.
- If you test negative and have symptoms, you should still stay home and away from others until symptoms resolve.
To learn more visit: https://www.alberta.ca/isolation.aspx
MASK USE AT RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL
- Mask use for students in Grade 1 to Grade 6, as well as all school staff, will be mandatory in all indoor shared spaces.
- Mask use in all specialist, learning support, and Arrowsmith classrooms will be mandatory for staff and students in grades 1 to grade 6 (with the exception of physical and outdoor education, when students are physically exerting themselves).
- Within homeroom classes, when students and staff are eating, drinking, or physically distanced, mask use will not be mandatory.
- Mask use for students and staff will be optional during outdoor activities, recess, and DPA.
- Mask use for students in Pre-Junior Kindergarten, Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten will be optional, but recommended at drop-off and pick-up times.
- Students and staff who choose to continue wearing a mask in optional settings will be fully supported in their decision. Discussions about personal choice regarding mask use will be held in homerooms to ensure students feel supported amongst their peers.
LEARNING AT HOME
As experts in early childhood and elementary school learning, we know that In-person learning is best for students, academically, socially, and emotionally. As such, we strongly support in-person attendance.
During this highly unusual time, however, we understand that, for a variety of reasons, some families will need to keep their children home. Whether it’s following international travel or for self-isolation purposes (for themselves or a family member), we are happy to support our students through our Learning-at-Home Program to ensure the valuable learning continues.
With that being said, we would like to remind families that if your child is home sick or your family is enjoying a holiday away, students will not be expected to access classes or complete assignments during this time. If a student is ill, the priority is rest and recovery.