School Relaunch Public Engagement

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Your voice is important and we need your help to ensure a safe, caring, and welcoming return to school for students and staff.

Please share your wonders and concerns about School Relaunch below. We will be responding to every question asked. An opportunity for our families and students to provide suggestions and ideas will be available in the coming weeks. Don't forget to sign up and subscribe to receive updates and be alerted when these new engagement opportunities are released.

If you have medical questions about COVID-19, please visit www.alberta.ca/covid19 or call Health Link 811.

Your voice is important and we need your help to ensure a safe, caring, and welcoming return to school for students and staff.

Please share your wonders and concerns about School Relaunch below. We will be responding to every question asked. An opportunity for our families and students to provide suggestions and ideas will be available in the coming weeks. Don't forget to sign up and subscribe to receive updates and be alerted when these new engagement opportunities are released.

If you have medical questions about COVID-19, please visit www.alberta.ca/covid19 or call Health Link 811.

Please add any questions you have surrounding the COVID-19 School Relaunch and the 2020-21 FSD School Relaunch Handbook.

By including your email, you will be emailed a response once available.  Alternatively, you're welcome to return to this site and browse the questions and answers.

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    Now that we're getting in to colder weather, we are going to see a lot of runny noses just from being outside in the cold. I already know of a few students who have had to stay home because of this. How will this be handled? Parents will have to take 10 days off work because their child was cold but not sick?

    allera asked 10 days ago

    The list of symptoms and the isolation requirements are put in place by the CMOH (Chief Medical Officer of Health) following the latest medical research.  This is not a document that we can modify.  Any questions regarding illness should be directed to Public Health officials by calling 8-1-1.


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    Because parents can no longer bring in birthday treats (e.g. a box of Timbits for a class), are we able to distribute (after sanitizing) pre-packaged treats such as Halloween mini-chocolate bars or small individual bags of chips?

    RDL Admin asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for this question.  Theoretically yes, this could be possible.   We will bring this to  our new Steering Committee meeting scheduled for tomorrow and discuss.  Stay tuned for more information on this topic. 

    Thank you for your patience.  We discussed this topic at our School Relaunch steering committee meeting this afternoon.  In concert with our Food and Nutrition Services section in the FSD Handbook (section 4.7), we will not be allowing shared food items, even though they may be individually wrapped, out of an abundance of caution.


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    As talk of Halloween approaches I am wondering how this will be handles this year. Will it be up to each school to decide what they are doing or will there be division guidelines? Since it falls on a Saturday this year would it be considered to not be celebrated at school?

    Halloween asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for this question.  We actually have this on the agenda for discussion this afternoon.  Please stay tuned for more information as we make decisions/recommendations in this topic.

    Thank you for your patience.  We discussed this topic and will leave it to the discretion of the school to celebrate from a costume standpoint.  In concert with our Food and Nutrition Services section in the FSD Handbook (section 4.7), we will not be allowing shared food items, even though they may be individually wrapped, out of an abundance of caution.

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    How do they clean the school at night? I’ve heard of some places “fogging” with a variety of chemicals to sanitize. The chemicals worry me more than COVID. What are the cleaning protocols and substances used? Thank you!

    Loisyee asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your questions.  FSD along with Scot Young, our partners providing custodial services in our schools use a product called Oxivir.  It is green rated and also rated effective against viruses.  You are correct that 'foggers' are in use but typically only outside of school hours, and also to help keep our fleet of busses clean after their runs.  FSD is also using a product called Germasolve5, but we are transitioning to Oxivir across the Division.  

    An update on this question is that we are not using 'foggers' per se in our schools and on our buses, but rather electrostatic sprayers.  These devices target specific surfaces with the cleaning product and do not allow for particles to hang in the air.  

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    Based on the research, wind instruments can be played safely at this time. The government has lifted restrictions on wind instruments... So when will you allow students to play? All students are spaced 2 meters apart from eachother and every instrument has a bell cover to stop droplets from spreading. At this point students only have about 8 weeks left of their first quarter which really isn’t a lot of time to play, so when will you allow them to start playing? Honestly, if students are shoulder to shoulder in the halls with masks on, and there has been no spread of the virus reported within schools, I think students can play instruments safely with many precautions in place!

    Anonymous asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your questions.  We have brought a group of music educators together from across the Division to plan for a possible return to Band keeping in mind the current health regulations.  We anticipate making a decision on this in early October after reviewing the plan as well as the new provincial health guidelines. 

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    I thought that the younger classes would have bubbles that they wouldn’t need to distance from as much similar to a daycare environment. Is that something the school is looking at doing at all? If not how are the kids learning to work together and cooperate with each other to achieve common goals?

    Alisa asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you.  We developed early years learning guidance and sent this out to schools for their consideration yesterday.  This concept is included in this guidance document, but the choice in each individual classroom will be up to the school and teacher. 


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    Why is my child not sitting 6 feet apart when she is not required to wear a mask? Why are they playing with kids in other classes.? Why are they in a group photo standing 6 inches apart? Why does the staggard entry mean my kid walks in with all thenother kids pushing through? Why are some teachers not wearing masks?

    Confused998 asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your questions.  We are adhering to Alberta Education as well as Alberta Health Services guidance documents and recommendations.  Please see the cohort section of the FSD Handbook for further details.

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    They put the travel quarantine time down to 10 day’s. Will this happen in schools too?

    Becky asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for this question.  Foothills School Division will follow the current guidelines related to travel quarantine from AHS.  If an individual returns from travel and is symptomatic, the quarantine period is 10 days.  If asymptomatic, a 14 day quarantine period is required.

     

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    Why are junior high students still wearing masks during outdoor Phys ed time? Kids should be allowed to take a break during this time and enjoy the fresh air outside?

    Sheriecheshire asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for this question.  We are developing updated guidance for mask use during physical education classes as well as during physical activity.  We will update the Handbook ASAP with this information.  We are certainly encouraging outdoor physical education classes while weather permits.  Please stay tuned for this Handbook update.

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    Concerned about class size, grade 4.. 28 students, seems a lot for a teacher to manage with all the extra challenges.

    JayG asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for sharing this concern.  We also recognize the additional challenges that you cite.  We will be looking at developing a plan for the use of the additional budget amount received by the provincial government announced last week as part of the federal safe return to school dollars. Mitigating risk and assessing how we can reduce challenges across the Division will be part of these discussions and decisions will be implemented as soon as possible.