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Fort Macleod students return to school in near-normal setting

Students checked the list Monday for their classroom at W.A. Day school.

Livingstone Range School Division operations are close to pre-pandemic conditions as students return to class for the 2021-’22 year.

Masks are optional, hygiene and enhanced cleaning are priorities and people are urged to stay home when sick.

“We believe this plan will allow students and staff to have a safe and successful learning experience this year,” superintendent Darryl Seguin and school board chair Lori Hodges wrote in a letter to parents, students and staff. “The plan will be updated as needed.”

Livingstone Range School Division on Thursday released its school year plan in advance of school starting Tuesday.

Administration and trustees used the return to school plan developed by the provincial government as the foundation for the Livingstone Range plan.

“As always, the safety and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority,” Seguin and Hodges wrote.

Masks are no longer mandatory in schools but people can wear them if they choose.

Masks must be worn by passengers and drivers on school buses.

School staff and students are to follow routine best practices to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, including:

  • Promoting and facilitating hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces.
  • Staying home when sick.

Students, staff and visitors are expected to stay home if they experience fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat and runny nose.

  • Maintaining and monitoring HVAC systems and encouraging teachers to open windows and take learning outside when possible.

Anyone with core symptoms or a confirmed case of  COVID-19 must isolate for at least 10 days.

Livingstone Range will not notify parents of positive cases in schools.

Quarantine is not required for close contacts of someone with COVID-19.

Extra-curricular activities such as sports and field trips can resume, with the possibility of enhanced health and safety measures being implemented.

Mental health and other supports for students will be available.

Livingstone Range students will not travel internationally for 2021-’22.

On-line learning is an option for Grade 8-12 students through Livingstone Range’s Pursuits virtual school.

In-school vaccination for first and second doses is available for students in Grade 7-12 born in 2009 or earlier.

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