September 15, 2021
Dear Parents and Guardians:
As you are most likely aware, the Government of Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency, while announcing a series of new health measures aimed at curbing the most recent spread of COVID-19 and its impact on the provincial health care system.
These new restrictions, which can be viewed at COVID-19 public health actions, also have a number of implications for K-12 schools, including Wolf Creek Public Schools.
The restrictions imposed today by the Government of Alberta on schools come into effect tomorrow Thursday, September 16, 2021, and they are:
Mandatory measure - Effective Sept. 16
- Mandatory masking for students in Grades 4 and up, plus staff and teachers in all grades.
- Schools that implement an alternate COVID safety plan can be exempted from mandatory masking.
- Elementary schools to implement class cohorting.
- Indoor sports, fitness, recreation, and performance activities are permitted in schools, with requirements to maintain 2 metre physical distancing where possible.
- Masks and distancing are not required by youth under 18 while engaged in physical activity.
- Spectator attendance is restricted to 1/3 fire code capacity and limited to households or 2 close contacts for those living alone. Attendees must be masked and distanced.
Please note that ALL STUDENTS in Grades 4 to 12 will be required to wear facemasks in school across Wolf Creek Public Schools, beginning tomorrow. Additionally, the previous provincial government mandate for masking on buses for ALL K-12 students and staff on school buses remains in place. Anyone unable to wear a mask due to an approved medical condition will require a medical exception letter from an authorized health professional. The medical exception letter must come from a nurse practitioner, physician or psychologist. More information on medical exceptions can be found at: www.alberta.ca/masks.aspx
We will be reviewing all the new measures imposed by the Alberta Government and commit to you further communication in the days ahead with additional guidance in relation to these measures.
Thank you for your cooperation and partnership as we continue to work to ensure the health and safety of all students, staff and families.
Tim De Ruyck,
Wolf Creek Public Schools