School Relaunch Public Engagement

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

On November 24, Alberta’s government introduced a series of new COVID-19 measures that impacts various sectors in our communities. As part of these new measures, all Grades 7 to 12 students province-wide will move to at-home learning effective November 30. Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 students will continue learning at school in-person until the winter break commences on December 18, 2020.

After the winter break, all Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 students across Alberta will be learning at-home for the week of January 4, 2021 to January 8, 2021. Students will return to in-person school learning on January 11, 2021.

Have questions? Please share your wonders and concerns below. We will be responding to every question asked.

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 learning environment for students and staff.

On November 24, Alberta’s government introduced a series of new COVID-19 measures that impacts various sectors in our communities. As part of these new measures, all Grades 7 to 12 students province-wide will move to at-home learning effective November 30. Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 students will continue learning at school in-person until the winter break commences on December 18, 2020.

After the winter break, all Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 students across Alberta will be learning at-home for the week of January 4, 2021 to January 8, 2021. Students will return to in-person school learning on January 11, 2021.

Have questions? Please share your wonders and concerns below. We will be responding to every question asked.

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 regarding COVID-19 measures in school or 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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    Why can't teachers continue classes using zoom/teams/Google meeting and teacher live and then assignments from there. Better than watching videos, etc. like last spring. Just a thought :)

    Amanda asked 10 days ago

    Thank you for your question.  Teachers will use a variety of platforms to ensure that learning continues, including your suggestion above.  The learning will look different than in the spring as we are asking teachers to maintain their current class schedules and plan to welcome students back as of January 11, 2021 with as little disruption to yearly learning plan as possible.     

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    Hello I will not be returning my child to online learning for four days. I am wondering how you will manage brining my child up to speed. I am unable to take time off work to homeschool. I will assume that you will provide our school with an alternate plan. This one seems impossible. I look forward to the changes and will assume I will receive an update via our school. Thank you.

    JG asked 10 days ago

    Thank you for your question.  As part of ongoing planning, teachers work with individual students who may be away from school for a variety of reasons to ensure they remain up to date.  We would encourage you to communicate with your child's teacher(s) if you have any questions about this upon return to school January 11, 2021.   

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    so what are the rules regarding wearing a mask during school because the teachers make us wear a mask 24/7 even out side and in gym class ans when we r sitting at our desk not talking just doing our work

    sienna asked 15 days ago

    Thank you for your question.  Information about the use of masks in schools can be viewed in our FSD School Relaunch Handbook. You can also see guidance about mask use during physical education class in our Handbook.  There are moments within the classroom where mask use will be required, and also other moments when it may be possible to remove a mask.  Please speak to your teacher and school principal if you have wonders about mask use in school.    


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    With the numbers rising throughout the province, I understand the incredible stress all school staff are under. I heard that a school division up north took two days "off" as personal days for the whole division. I think our teachers, admin, parents, custodians, students - the whole community is exhausted. With Christmas holidays coming up, I would like to suggest we take the additional two weeks off before Christmas off. There are a variety of benefits to this idea. Firstly, a longer break would give everyone some time to really recharge. Also, I think that taking two weeks off sooner, might prevent a whole school division shut down should numbers continue to rise and potential explode after Christmas. Lastly, I think it would give every the motivation to push for the break while also ensuring that all protocols are maintained to the letter. I think the more exhausted we are as a community the more likely we are to make mistakes in our procedures, and now is not a good time to be making making mistakes with cases on the rise. I appreciate your consideration. Sincerely, Stephanie Fitzgerald

    Stephanie Fitzgerald asked 29 days ago

    Thank you for your question and suggestion. We have certainly heard similar feedback around both staff and community feeling tired.  The pandemic has taken its toll and we know that safeguarding the wellness and wellbeing of our students and staff is a priority.  We have not talked about this at this point in time.  Having said this, we would need to consult with Alberta Education on this question as any change to the delivery model (in person versus online learning) would require their approval.  We would also need to consider a calendar change which would require a resolution from our Board of Trustees.  I can commit to bringing this question forward for discussion with both our COVID steering committee and our Board and will add this to upcoming meeting agendas for next week.  Thank you once again.

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    Any thoughts on closing the school early for Christmas to allow for a full 14 day quarantine for the kids before family gatherings happen at Christmas? And if so, will zoom learning happen if closed earlier?

    JK asked 29 days ago

    Thank you for your question and suggestion. We have not talked about this at this point in time.  Having said this, we would need to consult with Alberta Education on this question as any change to the delivery model (in person versus online learning) would require their approval.  We would also need to consider a calendar change which would require a resolution from our Board of Trustees.  I can commit to bringing this question forward for discussion with both our COVID steering committee and our Board and will add this to upcoming meeting agendas for next week.  Thank you once again.

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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 about 2 months 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 3 months 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 2 months 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 3 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 3 months 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.