COVID-19: Case Notification

November 25, 2021 Update:

Please read the below letter as per Alberta Health Services and our divisional procedures. Also, please note if a positive case is in your child’s homeroom, the school will send a separate letter specific to the cohort using School Messenger.

November 24, 2021 Update:

Please read the below letter as per Alberta Health Services and our divisional procedures. Also, please note if a positive case is in your child’s homeroom, the school will send a separate letter specific to the cohort using School Messenger.

November 22, 2021 Update (9 pm):

Please read the below letter as per Alberta Health Services and our divisional procedures. Also, please note if a positive case is in your child’s homeroom, the school will send a separate letter specific to the cohort using School Messenger.

November 21, 2021 Update:

Please read the below letter as per Alberta Health Services and our divisional procedures. Also, please note if a positive case is in your child’s homeroom, the school will send a separate letter specific to the cohort using School Messenger. 

November 16, 2021 Update:

Please read the below letter as per Alberta Health Services and our divisional procedures. Also, please note if a positive case is in your child’s homeroom, the school will send a separate letter specific to the cohort using School Messenger. 

November 14, 2021 Update:

Please read the below letter as per Alberta Health Services and our divisional procedures. Also, please note if a positive case is in your child’s homeroom, the school will send a separate letter specific to the cohort using School Messenger. 

November 9, 2021 Update:

Please read the attached letter as per Alberta Health Services and our divisional procedures:

October 18, 2021

Please read the attached letter as per Alberta Health Services and our divisional procedures:

Also, please see the below email outlining our divisional procedures:

October 15, 2021

Dear staff and families of Holy Spirit Catholic School Division,

On Tuesday, October 5, 2021 the Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hinshaw, the Minister of Health, Jason Copping, and the Minister of Education, Adriana LaGrange, announced further public health measures for schools. The measures are to protect students, staff, and school communities so that in-person learning can safely continue.

1. Case Notification 

Process for Grades K-6

If a student in grades K-6 has a “confirmed case of COVID-19” as communicated to the school division by Alberta Health Services, the school will send a “case notification” to the parents/caregivers of students in the “class cohort.” A notice is not sent to all the parents/caregivers of students in the school. If parents would like to keep track of total number of cases in a school, they can access this information being tracked by Alberta Health Services at this link:  COVID-19 school status | Alberta.ca

No further action beyond notification is taken if the number of cases remain 1-2 in a class over the course of a five-day period. If there are 3 or more cases over the course of 5 days, a notice of a “Period of Exclusion” will apply (see below for details).

Process for Grades 7-12

If a student in grades 7-12 has a “confirmed case of COVID-19” as communicated to the school division by Alberta Health Services, the school will send a “case notification” e-mail to all the parents/caregivers of students in the school. Parents can track the total number of cases at a school by accessing the information tracked by Alberta Health Services a this link: COVID-19 school status | Alberta.ca

As per the Health Order, there is no Period of Exclusion process in place for grades 7-12. With that in mind, a class cohort notification system is not in place for grade 7-12.

2.  Period of Exclusion from In-person Learning  – For Grades K-6 ONLY

During any five-day period, if there are three or more members of a class cohort who are found to be a confirmed case of COVID-19 who attended school during the members’ infectious period within that five-day period, the class will be “excluded” from in-person learning. The period of exclusion will be “10 consecutive calendar days” counted forward from the last day a member of the class cohort who tests positive attended in person at the school during the member’s infectious period. Recognizing this sounds complicated, not to worry. The “Exclusion Letter” will identify the date of return of your child to in-person learning. When a class cohort moves to at-home learning because they fall under a period of exclusion, instruction will be delivered via Google Class. Schools and teachers will provide specific instructions regarding access to at-home learning during a period of exclusion. 

3.  Public Reporting – ALL GRADES

As noted in #1, Alberta Health has started the process of posting the number of COVID cases in all schools throughout Alberta. Any school with two or more COVID-19 cases will appear on the COVID-19 School Status List located here: COVID-19 school status | Alberta.ca

This list will include any COVID-19 cases at the school that were infectious while attending school over the last 14 days.

A school is classified as being in “Outbreak” if there are 10 or more COVID-19 cases within a 14-day period that were infectious while at school. Parents/caregivers will receive an Outbreak Notification letter if this occurs in their school. Alberta Health Services will work with the school division to review outbreak control measures at the school and additional measures to limit further spread may be implemented.

4.  Rapid Testing

Alberta Education has informed us that rapid testing may be available by late-October for Kindergarten to Grade 6 schools experiencing outbreaks. If implemented, the rapid testing program will be voluntary.

If you are unclear as to the measures as outlined in this letter, please contact your school principal.

God Bless,
Ken Sampson, Superintendent of Schools

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