On August 4, the Alberta government announced that staff and Grade 4 to 12 students will have to wear masks in shared space of the school (such as hallways) and on the bus. Masks are optional for students in kindergarten to Grade 3. This is one of the precautions against the spread of COVID-19 within schools.
The Alberta government will be supplying schools with some supplies to help protect staff and students from COVID, says the media release. These include two reusable masks for each student and staff. Each teacher will receive one face shield. Based on number of students, 466,000 litres of hand sanitizer will be divided between the school divisions. Each school will receive two thermometers.
COVID-19 symptoms are: fever, cough (new or worsening chronic cough), shortness of breath, runny nose, and/or sore throat.
A few general precautions for in-class learning:
Masks are mandatory for students and staff.
Mandatory daily health checks by parents, students, and staff. This is done using a self-screening questionnaire.
The schools will also have a list of children with known pre-existing health conditions.
Physical distance will apply.
Children will be grouped into cohorts.
Non-essential clutter will be removed from classrooms.