DIVISION RE-ENTRY PLAN - Parent/Guardian Handbook 2020 - 2021 LAKELAND CATHOLIC SCHOOLS - Lakeland Catholic School District

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 Parent/Guardian Handbook
         2020 - 2021
DIVISION RE-ENTRY PLAN - Parent/Guardian Handbook 2020 - 2021 LAKELAND CATHOLIC SCHOOLS - Lakeland Catholic School District
Table of Contents

MESSAGE FROM BOARD                           Emergency Procedures            16
                                           In-Person Learning In
LAKELAND CATHOLIC                            Scenario 1                      17
SCHOOLS DIVISION                           Online Learning In
PRAYER                         4             Scenario 1                      17
                                           Early Learning                    18
SAFETY & WELL-BEING IN LCSD                English as a Second
     Cohorts                   5             Language (ESL)                  18
     Physical Distancing       5           Inclusive Student Needs           19
     Health Screening          5           School Fees                       19
     Illness While Onsite      6           International Students            20
     Students with                         Technology Use                    20
       Pre-Existing Conditions 6           Assessment                        20
     Cases of COVID 19
       At School               7       INSTRUCTION
     Hand Hygiene              7            Music                            21
     Cleaning                  7            Physical Education               21
     Personal Protective                    Art                              21
        Equipment (PPE)        8            CTS                              21
     Masks                     8            Labs                             22
                                            Work Experience                  22
     First Week of School      10      ACTIVITIES
     Staggered Entry Dates     10           Field Trips                      23
     Arriving at School        10           Assemblies & Celebrations        23
     Lockers/Cubbies           11           Athletics and Extracurricular
     Assigned Seating          11             Activities                     23
     Supplies                  11           Graduation                       23
     Washrooms                 11           School Council                   23
     Water Fountains           11
     Common Areas              11      HEALTH & WELLNESS/
     Dismissal                 12       REFERENCES                           24
     Playgrounds               12
     Closed Campus             12      APPENDICES                            26
     Lunch                     13
     Food in Schools           13
     Nutrition Programs        13
     Volunteers                13
     Visitors to Schools       14
     COVID 19 Visitor Log      14
     Transportation            14
     Libraries                 16

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Message from Board Chair Bauer and
                                  Chief Superintendent Arruda

On July 21, 2020 the Government of Alberta announced that students would return to in-
person classes in September, under Scenario 1, at near-normal operations with mitigation
strategies and health measures in place.

This re-entry plan ensures, to the best of our ability that our students, staff, parents and
the entire Lakeland Catholic community have a safe, healthy and effective learning
environment, which is the top priority of the Board of Trustees. The strategies that you
will see in this handbook were designed to reduce the risks of exposure to COVID 19 to
the greatest extent possible while adhering to the direction of the Minister of Education,
and the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Our plan also has an option for families who wish to have their child(ren) continue to work
from home in September while remaining enrolled in their designated school. We have
a well-defined and effective team of educators that will assist families and students who
choose that option. We encourage you to reach out to us, school principals, outreach
workers and teachers if you need help or assistance of any kind.

We trust that this re-entry plan provides our Lakeland community with the information,
protocols and recommendations from the Ministry of Education and Alberta Health
Services. It is important to understand that this document may change from time to time
in order to address and adjust to new challenges as they arise. You will be apprised of
any changes that may be necessary.

Our commitment remains to provide excellent educational experiences founded on our
vision that “Christ is our Model and Children are our Focus”. We will continue to pray for
our students, staff, parents and our country as we move forward.

Diane Bauer                                      Joe Arruda
Board Chair                                      Chief Superintendent

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Lakeland Catholic Schools
                                           Division Prayer

                               It helps now and then, to step back and take a long view.

                  The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond vision.
    We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is
                                                                               God’s work.

   Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the kingdom lies beyond us.
           No statement says all that could be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith.
                   No confession brings perfection. No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
                                        No program accomplishes the church’s mission.
                                         No set goals and objectives include everything.

This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This
enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a
beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and to do
the rest.

We may never see the results, but that is the difference between the master builder and
the worker.

                        We are workers, not master builders: ministers, not messiahs.
                        We are prophets for a future not our own.


                               (A Prayer by Archbishop Oscar Romero)

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Safety & Well-Being in LCSD


In the provincial re-entry plan, cohorts refer to a group of students and staff who remain
together. This helps decrease the number of close contacts within the school
environment. Where practical, students will be organized within smaller groups
throughout the school day. In classrooms and on buses, students may be asked to
adhere to smaller groupings and seating plans.


All members of the school community are encouraged to physically distance as much as
is practical. Schools will put measures in place to promote physical distancing, which
may include:

•   Signage and directional arrows to control the flow of foot traffic;
•   Capacity limits for lunchrooms and washrooms;
•   Staggered times for movement through the hallways;
•   Staggered start and/or end times;
•   Assigned entrance and exit doors;
•   Removing or rearranging seating in common areas;
•   Limiting access to common areas.

In classrooms, maintaining physical distancing of two (2) metres may not be possible. In
this case, the provincial re-entry plan suggests that student seating be arranged so they
are not facing one another, to mitigate the risk should a student sneeze or cough.
Classrooms will be arranged to promote physical distancing as much as possible.


Parents/Guardians must assess their child(ren) daily for symptoms of common cold,
influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory disease before sending them to
school. Staff will also assess themselves daily for symptoms of common cold, influenza,
or COVID-19 prior to entering the school. They should use the COVID-19 information :
Alberta Health Daily Checklist (See Appendix “B”) to assess themselves daily prior to
entering the school/site.

Parents/Guardians will receive a copy of this COVID-19 information : Alberta Health Daily
Checklist (See Appendix “B”) from their school in late August.

Parents/Guardians will be expected to complete the questionnaire daily with their
child(ren) and follow all Government of Alberta health instructions on the questionnaire.
Any child(ren) who have any symptoms noted on the questionnaire cannot attend school.

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Parents/Guardians are not required to submit the form to the school. It is a tool to assess
their child’s(rens) wellness before sending them to school.

Anyone else permitted in a school will also need to complete the COVID-19 information
: Alberta Health Daily Checklist (See Appendix “B”) before entering the building. Any
person with symptoms of COVID-19 or experiencing illness will not be allowed in the
school. All schools will have COVID-19 signs on their doors reminding people not to enter
the building if they feel sick, or if they have had close contact with someone who is ill or
suspected of having COVID-19.

Any person who selects “yes” on any of the screening questions will not be permitted to
enter the school, pending further testing for COVID-19.


Should a student exhibit signs of illness at school, they will be moved to a designated
quarantine area within the school/site. Parents/Guardians will be notified and advised to
pick up their child(ren) immediately. Please ensure that your child’s(rens) emergency
contact information is up to date in the event that parents/guardians must be reached.

Staff supervising symptomatic students will:

•   Keep all other staff out of the designated quarantine area;
•   Provide the student with a face mask, provided that the student can wear it safely;
•   Wear recommended PPE;
•   Use strict hand-washing techniques; and,
•   Maintain physical distancing.

All schools have been provided thermometers, which will be a tool for when students are
not feeling well and will enable schools to report health information to families.


It is important that parents/guardians establish a clear baseline for what being healthy
looks like. In the case of a child(ren) with pre-existing conditions, we encourage
parents/guardians to have a COVID-19 test conducted prior to returning to school. In this
way, it will help establish that baseline for a child(ren) with pre-existing conditions.
Parents/Guardians should notify the school of any pre-existing condition and its
symptoms. Should a child(ren) develop symptoms that are outside of those previously
established, the child(ren) should have a COVID-19 test prior to returning to the school

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If there are cases of COVID-19 identified within school settings, the Zone Medical Officer
of Health will work directly with the school Division and school administration to provide
follow-up recommendations and messaging for staff, parents/guardians, and students.
Schools will collaborate with Division staff and the Zone Medical Officer of Health during
potential and confirmed cases.

Alberta Health Services may request the school close in-person classes to allow a public
health investigation to take place. The decision to send a cohort/class home or to close
a school will be made by the local Medical Officer of Health. If this were to occur, the
school and Division will support students and staff to learn or work at home if they are
required to self-isolate.


Anyone who enters a school will be required to practice hand hygiene. Proper hand
hygiene will help mitigate any virus transmission. Soap and water for 20 seconds are the
preferred method for cleaning hands. Staff and students will practice hand hygiene:

•   before leaving home, on arrival at school, and before leaving school;
•   after using the washroom;
•   before and after any transitions within the school setting (i.e. to another classroom,
    indoor and/or outdoor transitions);
•   after sneezing or coughing;
•   before and after breaks and sporting activities;
•   before and after using playground equipment;
•   before and after eating any food, including snacks;
•   before touching face (nose, hands, or mouth);
•   whenever hands are visibly dirty;
•   regularly throughout the day.

If a sink is not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer may be used.


We are developing a COVID-19 cleaning standard for all Division schools that aligns with
provincial directives around cleaning and disinfecting. These increased measures

•   purchasing provincially recommended COVID-19 cleaning supplies;
•   additional training for custodial staff;
•   removing any soft furnishings and area rugs from classrooms and common areas that
    cannot be cleaned to provincial standards;

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•   frequently cleaning high-touch surfaces such as water fountains or door handles;
•   more frequent cleaning and disinfecting throughout the school, with specific attention
    to washrooms, high-traffic areas and classrooms.

Our Division is procuring all COVID-19 cleaning and safety items on behalf of all schools.
This will help ensure all schools use products that adhere to health standards and meet
requirements to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. It also ensures that all schools have
equitable access to these supplies.

See Appendix “A” for more details on enhanced cleaning protocols.


Within the context of K-12 education, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is primarily
focused on non-medical masks. Practices such as physical distancing, hand washing,
staying home when sick, and increased environmental cleaning continue to be priority
public health measures.

There may be certain contexts in which enhanced PPE is necessary and will be the
expectation. This would include times when a student, staff or guest becomes ill while at
school and is required to isolate until they can be safely picked up and taken home. Other
contexts include staff working with medically complex students for whom it is impractical
to maintain a distance of two (2) metres while working with the student.


Masks are emerging as an important way to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19,
particularly when people are indoors and physical distancing is a challenge. The present
guidance from the Chief Medical Officer indicates that staff and students in Grades 4-12
will be mandated to wear masks. Although not mandated for Kindergarten to Grade 3,
the use of masks is strongly recommended to help reduce the potential for transmission
and exposure. All staff and Kindergarten to Grade 12 students will be provided with two
(2) re-usable face masks and face shields (for staff) for their use.

Masks are particularly recommended in circumstances where there is prolonged close
contact (greater than 15 minutes) and distance of two (2) metres cannot be maintained.

Some important things to know about the use of masks are:

•   individuals who are physically, psychologically or developmentally unable to wear a
    mask, or any protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act, may be excused
    from this health protocol;
•   parents/guardians will work with the school principal to discuss this relative to their

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•   masks are required for staff who are wearing face shields;
•   please follow the provincial health guidelines for how to choose and wear a mask;
•   masks will be an important item on school supply lists for families;
•   if someone forgets their mask, schools will ensure there are supplies available for
    students and staff.

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Our New Reality


Lakeland Catholic Schools reopen to students on September 1, 2020. Students will return
using a staggered entry the first week of school. This will allow schools to explain the
new routine and health and safety measures to students in smaller group settings.


Tuesday, September 1, 2020 and Thursday, September 3, 2020
Grades 1-12 students with their last name starting with “A” up to and including “K” will
attend in-person classes at their registered schools.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 and Friday, September 4, 2020
Grades 1-12 students with their last name starting with “L” up to and including “Z” will
attend in-person classes at their registered schools.

Regularly scheduled classes will resume starting September 8, 2020
Early Learning (Kindergarten and Preschool) students will be contacted by their school
with the staggered re-entry details.


All students will have an assigned door to use every time they enter and exit their school.
When students arrive at school, they will:

•   wear their reusable mask;
•   go to the area outside their assigned door;
•   follow physical distancing guidelines to stay at least two (2) metres apart while they
    wait outside;
•   line up when it is time to enter the school, following physical distancing guidelines,
    and wait for staff to bring them into the school.

School staff will be outside to remind students of these requirements and to help students
line up keeping an appropriate distance from each other.

Many schools will develop staggered entry schedules to limit how many students enter
the school at once. This schedule may be slightly different from the regular bell schedule.

During inclement weather, such as extreme cold or rain, schools will have a plan in place
so students can enter the school early.

We respectfully ask parents/guardians bringing their child(ren) to school to stay in their
vehicle or outside the school, and to maintain a safe physical distance between
themselves and others. Those who need to enter the school must book an appointment

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Our New Reality

with the school office. Individuals without an appointment will not be able to enter the


At this time, students have assigned lockers or cubbies to store personal belongings.
There will be no sharing of personal storage spaces. Students are encouraged to
minimize the number of belongings they have at school.


In order to promote physical distancing, students will be assigned seating throughout the
day, including at lunch. This is in order to maintain cohort integrity and help assist with
contact tracing, if required.


Students must use their own personal supplies as much as possible. Sharing of materials
is prohibited. Bring only the supplies that are necessary.


Washrooms will be cleaned and high touch areas disinfected several times per day.
Depending on the size of the school, students may be assigned a particular washroom
for use. There may be a maximum number of students allowed in a washroom at one


Water fountains present a challenge in the effort to reduce transmission of the COVID-19
virus. Therefore, we have installed water filling stations in all of our schools that will be
the source of water for students to refill their personal water bottles. Students will be
encouraged to bring water bottles from home, filled to start the day, and may subsequently
fill those bottles throughout the day as needed. The use of water fountains in their
traditional manner will not be available for use.


Common areas, such as foyers, learning commons or T-intersections in hallways can
result in students gathering. Schools will have measures in place to promote physical
distancing in these areas, such as limiting the number of students allowed in the area at
a particular time.

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Our New Reality

Students may be required to walk directly through some areas to prevent students from
crowding together in groups. In high-traffic areas, such as the school office, signage such
as posters will remind students and staff to keep a safe physical distance. There will also
be a maximum number of individuals who can be in the school office at one time. Staff
will supervise these high-traffic areas and remind students of the need to adhere to any
physical distancing protocols in place.

Students in Grades 4-12 will be mandated, and Kindergarten to Grade 3 will be
encouraged, to wear masks when they are in these areas.


School administration may develop slightly staggered dismissal times, where feasible, to
allow students the opportunity to exit the building without the entire school population
dismissing simultaneously. Such factors as age, bussing, and weather will certainly factor
into these strategies. Your school administration will share more details on these
strategies, if implemented.

A reminder that parents/guardians waiting for their child(ren) to be dismissed are asked
to wait outside the school, and to park only in designated areas.


It is recommended that playgrounds on school property be off limits before and after
school. During the day, students will be provided access to the school yard and
playground equipment in a manner that supports cohort integrity and the maintenance of
physical distancing. This could include such strategies as staggered recesses, zones of
play, and schedules for equipment access. The details of these will be developed and
shared by your school administration. Students will be expected to wash their hands
using proper hand hygiene both before and after using playground equipment.


In order to maintain cohort integrity for contact tracing purposes, all K-8 schools will have
a closed campus for lunch. If your child(ren) go(es) home for lunch, we ask that you
contact your school administration.

Students who have their parents’/guardians’ permission to leave the school during lunch
must leave the school by their assigned door and maintain physical distancing from others
while away from the school, and use hand washing hyenine upon re-entry.

High schools (Grades 9-12) will have open campus. Students may leave but are
recommended to stay. Students must follow school protocols for safety and sanitation.
Direction will be sent from the school administration.

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Our New Reality

Schools will identify a space or spaces in the school where students on spares can be
accommodated while physical distancing.


Students will be encouraged to bring healthy lunches from home that do not require the
need to be heated, as microwaves will not be available for use at this time. Additionally,
canteen and cafeteria services may be restricted in their scope of offerings. Further, with
closed campuses for Kindergarten to Grade 8 schools, students will not be able to leave
school to access convenience stores or fast food providers. Similarly, food trucks and
food delivery services will not be permitted. These measures are to ensure that, while at
school, every effort is made to reduce the risk of exposure from outside sources.


There are clear provincial guidelines around food in schools during COVID-19. As a
result, treats cannot be sent from home for birthdays or special days, and teachers will
not hand out food or treats in the classroom. Potluck events, barbecues, food trucks or
special lunch days (i.e. hot dog day) are all postponed at this time.


Schools that offer school nutrition programs will need to adhere to the following provincial

•   the food preparation area will be closed off to non-designated staff and any students;
•   under Scenario 1, partner staff responsible for operating the school nutrition program
    will be allowed in the school to help deliver the program partner staff must adhere to
    all COVID-19 health protocols and will not be able to enter the school if they have
•   all food served to students needs to be served in prepacked portions or served to
    students by designated program staff;
•   utensils will be used any time food is served to students;
•   there will be no shared food condiments or seasonings, such as ketchup or salt and
•   any leftover food from this service will be thrown out — schools will not be able to
    package leftovers to send home to families.


At this time, we are not allowing volunteers in our schools. We value the support they
provide our schools however, this is in an effort to maintain cohort integrity and promote
physical distancing. We hope to be able to welcome parent/guardian volunteers at a later

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Our New Reality


All LCSD staff, including staff from multi-disciplinary teams and Maintenance and
Facilities, will have access to school sites. Additional visitors directly related to the
immediate educational programming of students (i.e. student teachers, psychologists) will
be permitted, following LCSD safety protocols. Artists-in-residence or other guest
speakers are not permitted.

Visitors must wear a mask, maintain physical distancing and practice hand hygiene upon
entry to the school site.

Parents/Guardians are key partners in their child’s(rens) education. We encourage
parents/guardians to make phone or online appointments with school staff rather than in-
person visits to the school.

As a Catholic school community, scheduled visits from the Parish team (priest, youth
workers) will continue to be welcomed into the school, following standard safety protocols.


When a parent/guardian or visitor enters the school with an established appointment, they
should be asked to use the COVID-19 information : Alberta Health Daily Checklist (See
Appendix “B”) before entering. If a visitor or parent/guardian answers YES to any of the
questions, they should not be permitted to enter the school.

Upon entry, the parent/guardian or visitor must wear a mask, hand-sanitize and then
report directly to the general office to check in and sign the visitor log. From there, they
will be directed to the person with whom they are meeting. Masks will be provided to all
visitors should they require one.

A record (sign in) of all visitors who remain within the school for more than 15 minutes
must be kept, and which must include the first and last name of the visitor, the person
with whom they are meeting, the time of arrival and departure, and signature.


Masks are mandatory for all Grades 4-12 students, and will be required to be worn by
students in those grades, and drivers while on the bus. Kindergarten to Grade 3 students
are not required to wear masks, but will be encouraged to do so.

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Our New Reality

Prior to Transportation

•   Students, as well as drivers, will be required to self assess daily (individually or with
    parental assistance) using the COVID-19 information : Alberta Health Daily Checklist
    (See Appendix “B”), prior to boarding the bus.
•   Parents/Guardians and the child(ren) should not be in the pickup area or board the
    bus if they have symptoms of COVID-19.

While on the School Bus

•   Students will be assigned seats, and a record of this seating plan will be kept to assist
    with contact tracing in the event of a student testing positive for COVID-19.
•   Students will respect physical distancing while they get on and off the bus, and staff
    will remind them of this.
•   Loading/Unloading will include:
    o Students will start loading from the back seats to the front of the bus.
    o Where feasible, limit the number of students per bench unless from the same
    o Students from the same household are to share seats.
    o Students will unload from the front seats to the back of the bus.
•   If a student becomes symptomatic while on the bus, the driver will attempt to isolate
    the student. One seat at the front of the bus, behind the driver will be designated for
    these instances. The driver will contact the parents/guardians and then the school so
    that the appropriate arrangements can be made for pick up of the student.
•   Students will not be permitted to eat or drink while on the bus to eliminate food sharing,
    and to maintain hygiene.

While at School

•   If a student develops symptoms while at school, they will not be permitted to return
    home on the bus and should be picked up by a parent/guardian.

Bus Cleaning and Records

•   Buses will be cleaned according to COVID-19 cleaning standards, including increased
    frequency of cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces, such as door handles,
    window areas, rails, steering wheel, mobile devices and GPS after each run.
•   Drivers will keep a record of this cleaning.

Bus services may be disrupted if contractors have shortfall in drivers, due to absenteeism.

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Our New Reality

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to make alternate arrangements for transportation
should they not feel comfortable with their child(ren) riding on the yellow bus with other


Libraries and Learning Commons are integral to student learning and school culture.
LCSD encourages the safe opening of Learning Commons spaces for student and staff
use. Administrators will develop routines for the safe distribution of library materials in
order to meet COVID restrictions. This may include limited access or wait times for


The safety of students remains the priority. Drills must still be conducted in the interests
of school/site safety practices as outlined within the school year.

Physical distancing should still be employed where possible (i.e. outside during a fire drill),
and other risk mitigation strategies should be used including mandatory hand-
washing/sanitization following a lockdown practice or fire drill.

The guiding principle of “life over limb” should be the prime consideration in emergency
situations, with as much consideration of risk mitigation practices as possible, given the

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Teaching and Learning

As we organize for the 2020–2021 school year, we know that all our students need access
to high-quality instruction. We also recognize that in-person classes might not be
appropriate for all families depending on their personal circumstances and well-being.


Students who attend school will be assigned to a class where a classroom teacher will
support their learning.

If a student needs to stay home due to illness, their classroom teacher will provide work
to support their learning. The teacher will not provide online instruction.

Elementary students in Kindergarten to Grades 6 will be organized into classes. Each
class will be considered to be a cohort. Students will remain in their cohort for all
instruction and for non-instructional times such as lunch and recess. In most cases,
there will be one (1) teacher assigned to the cohort. In some instances, there may be two
(2) teachers who share primary instructional responsibilities for a cohort.

Other adults who enter the classroom to interact with a cohort of students (i.e. school
administrators, the music teacher, a lunch supervisor) will follow strict provincial health
protocols that include hand sanitizing and wearing a mask.

Cohorts will be assigned to enter and exit the school by a specific door and to use a
specific washroom.

Junior High/High Schools will consider a variety of factors to decide how to best organize
their students into cohort groups and how to provide programming with minimal disruption
to these groups.

As part of this strategy, students will be assigned to enter and exit the school through a
specific door and may be assigned to a specific area or wing of the school for break times
and using the washrooms.


Lakeland Catholic Online Learning (LCOL) is an educational approach that has been
created for the 2020-2021 school year for parents/guardians choosing to have their
child(ren) remain at home due to COVID-19 concerns while in-school classes have
resumed. This support will allow the child(ren) to remain registered at their original
schools while receiving Alberta Programs of Study course instruction through a format of
online instruction and independent work. This learning approach will require
parent/guardian involvement and assistance. The child(ren) will be supported by specific
teachers assigned as Lakeland Catholic Online teachers. Instruction will be provided

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through real-time, on-line teacher instruction using provincially approved Alberta Distance
Learning Centre resources for Grades 1-12.

Unlike emergency at-home learning that took place in the spring of 2020, LCOL requires
the child(ren) to meet all the outcomes in the Programs of Study and the child(ren) will be
evaluated just as the child(ren) completing in person learning.

More details about LCOL and registration for this program was released in a separate
document on Friday, August 14, 2020.

Parents have between August 20 and 25 to register their children for LCOL. It will be
important to have all registrations by the deadline so we can be ready with teachers and
resources for the children who will be in schools and those learning from home.

By August 28, parents/guardians will receive an email confirming receipt of their
registration in LCOL with next steps.


Early Learning programs offer opportunities for play-based experiential learning. As such,
reasonable and prudent measures will be taken to mitigate risks to the child(ren) while
maintaining the integrity of programming.

•   A hand wash station will be in every early learning classroom. Many of our
    Preschool/Kindergarten classrooms already have a sink in their classroom and this
    can naturally become the hand wash station. For those classrooms that do not have
    a sink in the room, a portable hand wash station will be provided in the classroom.

•   When the child(ren) enter the classroom, they will be required to use hand sanitizer.

•   The child(ren) will be required to wash or sanitize their hands before and after use at
    each classroom centre.

•   Any soft items that cannot be wiped down will be removed from the classroom.

•   Rugs will be removed from the classroom.

•   The child(ren) will each have their own case for pencils, crayons, felts, scissors.

•   Custodians at each site will clean rooms and wipe down frequently used areas in
    between programs mid-day and after school.


Our Division supports all diverse learners within an inclusive classroom.

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Teaching and Learning

An intake process is in place to assist with transition into our schools. This process which
is completed by the ESL Support Teacher, ensures appropriate and personalized learning
pathways for each individual ESL student. The intake process will follow AHS guidelines
for social distancing, hand washing, and sanitization.

The classroom teacher and the teacher responsible for ESLs collaborate in the planning,
instruction and assessment of grade level curriculum.

The classroom teacher in collaboration with the ESL Support Teacher provides targeted
instruction specific to the needs of the student through differentiated instruction, either
individually or in small groups, as needed.

Teachers use a yearly assessment (Alberta Education K-12 ESL Proficiency
Benchmarks) to guide student learning.

Some secondary schools offer additional ESL programming as available in specific sites.


In accordance with our Division foundation statement, all resident students and their
parents/guardians are welcomed into our schools. The learning team is committed to
collaborating, identifying, applying, and monitoring practices enabling all students to
reach their potential spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically, and academically within
the program of studies alongside their peers.

Needs are assessed on a case-by-case basis to determine levels of support required to
safely bring students into the school environment and any specialized supports will be
noted in the Individualized Program Plan (IPP). In circumstances in which students who
require specialized supports and services are not able to follow health or distancing
guidelines and require support and adaptation to public health measures, plans must be
developed within and documented on the student’s IPP.

Transition meetings to support the successful re-entry of students requiring specialized
supports and programming to meet their complex and diverse needs will be scheduled as

See Appendix “C” for more information on the inclusive supports provided for your


The fees for your school are posted on the school website, and remain in place for the
2020-2021 school year. We recognize that COVID-19 has created hardship for many
families, and if you find yourself in a difficult financial position, you are asked to speak to

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Teaching and Learning

your school Principal to co-develop a plan to address the school fees assessed your


International students who are currently living in Canada are welcomed into our schools.
Once Canada lifts travel restrictions and non-essential international travel resumes,
international travel programs and international education programs in Alberta can resume
if quarantine requirements and public health orders are followed.


Schools will organize in-person instruction to minimize sharing of devices such as
Chromebooks and iPads. That could mean schools assign technology to specific cohorts
at certain times, or to individual students for extended periods of time. Devices will be
disinfected between uses according to Division COVID-19 cleaning guidelines.

Students may be encouraged to bring their own devices to school. Parents/Guardians
interested in buying a Chromebook for their child(ren) may access special pricing from
our Division suppliers through the Chromebook purchase program. Please contact the
school office for more details. Students who bring their own device will be responsible
for taking it home to charge it every night.

Parents/Guardians who choose to have their child(ren) participate in online instruction
require access to a device and a reliable internet connection at home. Parents/Guardians
without this access should contact their school to borrow a device if needed.


Consistent with established LCSD practices, students will continue to be assessed
through outcomes-based, ongoing assessment and reporting. Parents/Guardians can
review their child’s(rens) achievement using their PowerSchool login. Students in high
school will receive their summative assessment grades at the end of every semester.

At this time, parent/guardian interviews will be conducted via phone calls or online.

Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams:

•   As a Division, LCSD will be participating in the Grade 6 and 9 Provincial Achievement
    Tests in scenarios 1 and 2.
•   Grade 12 Diploma Exams in scenario 1 are required by the province and will continue
    to count as 30 percent of the student’s final diploma course mark.

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Learning experiences involving unprotected (without a mask or physical barrier) in-person
singing, cheering, shouting, or playing wind instruments must be postponed at this time.
Alternatives will be explored, such as:

•   recording or live-streaming individual performers in separate locations;
•   focusing on music appreciation or theory;
•   playing instruments that are lower risk (i.e. percussion or string instruments over wind


Physical activity is an important element in student health and well-being. In order to
provide physical education experiences for students:

•   equipment will be cleaned before and after use;
•   activities supporting increased physical distancing are encouraged;
•   use of shared items or sports equipment is discouraged;
•   shared equipment will be cleaned before and after each use; users must perform
    hand hygiene before and after each use;
•   lockers in change rooms will not be accessible;
•   outside activities to be encouraged when and where possible.


No sharing of equipment or art supplies will be allowed unless equipment and supplies
can be properly sanitized between needed use by multiple students.

To produce art in the classroom, procedures will exist regarding:

•   small group instruction;
•   no students moving around the room;
•   individualized art supplies for in-class use.


For CTF and CTS programs, all participants should ensure they are practicing hand
hygiene before and after each use. As much as is practical, shared equipment and
surfaces will be cleaned between use.

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Schools will follow COVID-19 health protocols to determine how to deliver lab-based
learning safely. In some cases, students will participate directly in the learning
experience; in other situations, teachers may need to demonstrate the learning


Work experience may resume as long as the risk of infection is mitigated for all
participants. The student is expected to follow health rules set out by the workplace which
should comply with the Workplace Guidance for Business Owners.

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Field trips involving extended travel, overnight accommodation, provincial, national or
international travel are suspended until further notice. If a field trip occurs within close
proximity to the school, including the local parish, and other safety protocols remain in
place, they will be supported.


Assemblies, masses, and celebrations will be conducted in small groups or virtually within
the school to adhere to appropriate physical distancing requirements. Cohort integrity is
the priority focus when determining whether assembling students is required.


At this time, athletics and extracurricular activities are suspended. These frequently
involve travel, close contact, lack of cohort integrity, and, while valuable, not essential to
the educational needs of the students. Further provincial direction is expected on
athletics and extracurricular activities which will be communicated to parents/guardians.


Planning for graduation activities for the 2021 grad class is allowed, however specific
contingency plans MUST be put in place by the school administration in the event large
gatherings are not supported by the Chief Medical Officer.


School Councils remain vital to school administration in the operations of the school.
Parents/Guardians voices and engagement is essential. School Council members and
the school principal/ administration may choose to meet via an online environment or
face-to-face. If these meetings are to occur face-to-face, they must meet outside the
regular school day and follow school and AHS guidelines and protocols around hand
sanitizer use, size of meeting, wiping surfaces, and maintenance of physical distancing.

School Councils are respectfully cautioned in the use of Council funds to supplement
Division-supplied materials and equipment related to COVID-19 safety measures.
Although well-intentioned, the Division has approved vendors, and will continue to
equitably provide appropriate resources according to the mandates as directed by AHS
and in compliance with OHS standards.

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Health and Wellness

Wellness and the well-being of students, staff, and school communities remains a priority.
This includes a Division-wide and local responsibility to foster resiliency, build
relationships, and stay connected. Schools, staff, and the school community are
collectively responsible for fostering safe, caring, and welcoming environments that
provide a continuum of supports and services for their students’ and staff physical, social,
and mental well-being.

For additional supports, parents/guardians can also access:

•   Mental Health Helpline: Phone: 1-877-303-2642. This toll-free helpline provides
    confidential and anonymous services, crisis intervention, information about mental
    health services and referrals to other agencies.
•   French Mental Health Help Line: Phone: 1-800-567-9699. Same services as above.
•   Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868. www.Kidshelphone.ca
    Text CONNECT to 686868
•   French Kids Help line:
•   Health Link: Phone: 811
•   Alberta Health Services:
    Help in Tough Times
•   Healthy Together
•   The federal First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line at 1-855-242-3310.
    24-hour availability, 7 days a week, or chat online at Hope For Wellness
•   Alberta Family Wellness (Brain Story Certification)
•   Kids Have Stress Too
•   The Incredible Years
•   Mental Health Literacy (for kids)
•   MORE (Mental Health Online Resources for Educators)


Alberta Health Services

Arizona Department of Education: Roadmap for Reopening Schools Bandura, A. (1977).
Social learning theory, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall COVID-19 Information:
Guidance for School Re-entry – Scenario 1

COVID-19 Information: Guidance for School Re-entry – Scenario 2

CSSD School Resumption Handbook (draft)

Elk Island Catholic Schools: 2020-2021 School re-entry Guide for Parents

Edmonton Public Schools: COVID-19 Division Re-entry Strategy 2020-2021

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Health and Wellness

Foothills School Division 2020-21 School Relaunch Handbook (draft)

GoA: 2020-21 School Re-entry Plan

Horizon School Division Re-entry plan (draft)

Peace Wapiti Public School Division Re-entry plan 2020-21 (draft)

Rockyview School Division Re-entry plan 2020-21 (draft)

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Appendix A

                                      Appendix “A”
                               Enhanced Cleaning Procedures

•   Custodians will use the health grade enhanced cleaning system purchased for each
    school on a weekly basis.

•   High traffic areas will be sanitized daily or as frequently as necessary.

•   The detergents and disinfectant products will adhere to health requirements and the
    instructions on the MSDS labels will be closely followed.

•   Surfaces will be wiped with a cleaning agent to clean off soil, oils and with a
    disinfectant that destroys germs.

•   Custodians must clean and disinfect high-touched/shared surfaces frequently
    throughout the day as necessary; such as:
    •   door knobs
    •   light switches
    •   toilet handles
    •   faucets and taps
    •   railings
    •   surface counters and community counters
    •   washrooms and kitchens
    •   lockers

•   Athletic equipment will be cleaned/disinfected throughout the day as necessary.

•   Early Learning areas will be cleaned/disinfected throughout the day as necessary.

•   Area rugs and soft furniture that cannot be easily cleaned and disinfected are to be

•   Custodians will wear PPE in hallways and common areas (gloves, masks, face shield
    [if necessary]).

•   Custodians will follow hand hygiene protocols when entering and exiting classrooms
    and other school rooms.

•   Wipes will be used to clean sensory rooms after each use.

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Appendix B

                                     Appendix “B”
                       Daily Screening Tool (Alberta Government)

               COVID-19 INFORMATION

               Screening Questionnaire


               The tool is meant to be used to assist with assessing attendees who may be symptomatic, or who
               may have been exposed to someone who is ill or has confirmed COVID-19.

               Attendees should fill out this checklist prior entering school daily. If an individual answers YES to any
               of the questions, they must not be allowed to attend school. Children and youth will need a parent to
               assist them to complete this screening tool.

               As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, this screening tool will be updated as required.

               Screening Questions

                1.    Does the attendee have any new onset (or worsening) of any of the following               CIRCLE ONE
                              Fever                                                                             YES     NO
                              Cough                                                                             YES     NO
                              Shortness of Breath / Difficulty Breathing                                        YES     NO
                              Sore throat                                                                       YES     NO
                              Chills                                                                            YES     NO
                              Painful swallowing                                                                YES     NO
                              Runny Nose / Nasal Congestion                                                     YES     NO
                              Feeling unwell / Fatigued                                                         YES     NO
                              Nausea / Vomiting / Diarrhea                                                      YES     NO
                              Unexplained loss of appetite                                                      YES     NO
                              Loss of sense of taste or smell                                                   YES     NO
                              Muscle/ Joint aches                                                               YES     NO
                              Headache                                                                          YES     NO
                              Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)                                                         YES     NO
                2.    Has the attendee travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?
                                                                                                                YES    NO
                3.    Has the attendee had close contact* with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in
                      the last 14 days?                                                                         YES    NO

                4.    Has the attendee had close contact with a symptomatic** close contact of                  YES    NO
                      a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

               * Face-to-face contact within 2 metres. A health care worker in a occupational setting wearing
               the recommended personal protective equipment is not considered to be a close contact.
               ** Ill/symptomatic means someone with COVID-19 symptoms on the list above

               ©2020 Government of Alberta
               Published: August 2020                                    1

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Appendix C

                               Appendix “C”
            Plans for Students Requiring Individualized Supports

Students are screened case-by-case to determine levels of support required to safely
bring students into the school environment and any specialized supports will be noted in
the IPP. Staff working with students that have a support plan in place must review these
plans prior to working with the student (i.e. medical, Individual Support Plan, and/or
Behaviour Support Plan).

For students with underlying medical conditions or risk factors, parents/guardians should
consult their child’s physician to consider the health risks and make a decision about
returning to school that will best support the child. Parents/Guardians are directed to
schools to discuss available options and support.

Students Requiring Individualized Support Considerations during COVID-19

Many learners with diverse needs may be considered vulnerable students. Continuity of
learning plans may require personal care and close proximity to individuals supporting
them. This document has been created to support students with diverse needs and staff
supporting these students during COVID-19.

Because of the long break from traditional routines and face-to-face instruction, some
students with diverse needs will require a modified transition back to school. School
teams and families will need to work collaboratively together to plan for a student’s
transition back to school.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

•   Personal Protective Equipment such as masks, gloves and gowns are determined
    case-by-case. Staff are to wear additional PPE based on the level of support a student
    requires. Schools at LCSD have been provided with face shields, disposable gloves
    and masks to support staff who require additional PPE.
•   For students where there is a high likelihood of contact with bodily fluids, staff will wear
    the appropriate PPE that was required pre-COVID.
•   Masks must be used in circumstances where there is prolonged close contact and a
    distance of two (2) metres cannot be maintained.

Physical Distancing

•   Support with daily living skills is often required when a student has diverse or diverse

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Appendix C

•    Where possible limit the amount of physical prompting with students. However, if
     physical support is required, both the staff member and the student are to wash hands
     pre and post physical prompting.
•    If possible, when physically supporting the student, ask them to face away from the
     staff member supporting the student. Limit speaking/conversation when physically
     supporting a student.

Supporting Daily Living Skills

1.      Food/Eating

        •   Use good hygiene practices when handling food. Avoid bare hand contact. For
            example, use utensils, deli napkins, or dispensing equipment to handle food.
            Frequently wash hands with plain soap and water to reduce the risk of
            transmission if you are handling foods. Fresh foods will be washed with soap
            and water and rinsed thoroughly.
        •   Wash hands as per Hand Washing Protocols.
        •   Staff prepare student’s food wearing gloves; use a paper towel to place fresh
            food items on and keep food in the container provided by the parents.
        •   Parents provide their own utensils and containers for their children.
        •   Students wash hands prior to eating. If required, staff support student in
            washing his/her hands.
        •   Staff monitor to ensure the student remains seated while eating.
        •   Staff return all waste and containers to the student’s backpack using the same
            containers provided by the parents.

2.      Toileting

        •   Staff to ensure the appropriate items are accessible in the washroom to assist
            in toileting.
        •   Wash hands as per Hand Washing Protocols.
        •   Staff are to wear gloves.
        •   Staff support the student in the washroom as required.
        •   If staff are to remain at the student's side, ask the student not to speak and to
            turn their head away from the worker, if able.
        •   If a second person is required to assist, the second staff member will wear
            gloves while supporting and the two staff members are to distance as much as
        •   Keep the bathroom door (or cubicle door) ajar (if appropriate) to support
            physical distancing.
        •   If necessary, staff support student in washing hands.
        •   See procedures for donning and doffing gloves.
        •   Wash hands as per Hand Washing Protocols.

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Appendix C

3.      Hand Washing

        •   Staff to support the student to wash hands as required.
        •   If the student touches his/her face, mouth or nose, whenever possible staff
            direct and support the student to wash his/her hands.
        •   Where appropriate, staff to provide verbal cues but preferably visual supports
            for hand washing.
        •   Wash hands as per Hand Washing Protocols.

4.      Communication Support

        •   Prior to supporting a student with a communication device or a communication
            program, wash hands as per Hand Washing Protocols.
        •   Support student to wash his/her hands.
        •   Ensure assistive communication devices are wiped down with disinfectant on
            a regular basis (i.e. twice a day).

5.      Supporting Regulation

        •   If able, wash hands as per Hand Washing Protocols.
        •   Staff to employ an appropriate strategy (verbal, visual, physical action) to
            support a student as laid out in the student’s Behaviour Support Plan. When
            necessary, staff engage by using NVCI strategies.
        •   Where appropriate, staff to request assistance.
        •   When the student is regulated, everyone involved in supporting regulation
            should wash their hands.

6.      Sensory Rooms

        •   Individual sensory bins or activities that are not shared between children may
            be used (i.e. play dough labelled for individual child use).
        •   For children who require use of larger sensory equipment for regulation, please
            speak with the Classroom Support Teacher (CST) to determine alternative
            activities or determine a cleaning protocol between uses of the equipment by a
            limited number of children.
        •   Once the child(ren) leave(s) the room, wipes will be used by the Student
            Assistant to clean any equipment that the child(ren) used/touched.

Links to Resources

•    Alberta Education K-12 Relaunch Information Hand Hygiene - videos and Protocols
•    Choosing and Wearing Non-Medical Masks
•    Donning and Doffing Nonsterile Disposable Gloves

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Appendix D

                                     Appendix “D”
                                      Visitor Log

 COVID-19 Visitor Log


 Name:____________________________          Contact phone number:_________________

 Arrival time at school/site:               Departure time: _______________________

 I am exhibiting COVID -19 symptoms?                      Yes            No

 I have completed the Alberta Health Daily Screening?     Yes            No

 Reason for visit? Person(s) meeting? __________________________________________

 Signature: _______________________________________

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Appendix E

                                      Appendix “E”
                               COVID-19 Hazard Assessment

All LCSD staff are required to review the COVID-19 Hazard Assessment prior to starting
work. Use this tool to identify where, how, and how often you may be exposed to COVID-
19 in the workplace. Alberta Health Services provides our direction in ensuring a health
and safety work environment for all staff and students.

This Workplace Hazard Assessment is part of the LCSD health and safety program and
will be reviewed and updated as circumstances change, or new hazards and risks are


•   COVID-19 is believed to be spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, or having direct
    contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or with surfaces they have recently
•   The higher the chance for exposure, the higher the risk to the employees.
•   To determine risk, look at how likely it is that employees could encounter people who
    have the virus, or with the surfaces and items that infected people may have touched.

Person-to-person Spread

•   The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
•   Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six (6) feet).
•   Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or
•   These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly
    be inhaled into the lungs.

COVID-19 May be Spread in Other Ways

•   It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object
    that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their
•   This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more
    about how this virus spreads.

In general, closer a person interacts with others and the longer that interaction is,
the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.

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