We are happy to begin near-normal operations this fall and look forward to welcoming students and staff back to our schools, with their safety and wellbeing our top priority. Our re-entry plan and resources will be updated as circumstances warrant. Please check back regularly for the latest information.
Note: Return to in-school class learning may vary across the province and is dependent on the number of COVID-19 cases in the local area and guidance from Alberta Health Services & the Ministry of Education.
LRSD School Re-Entry Plan 2020-2021
*UPDATED OCTOBER 1, 2020*
Click here for the Livingstone Range School Division School Re-Entry Plan 2020-2021.
Yellow highlights indicate update/change from previous version.
Alberta Health Services has launched a new tool to provide guidance for parents of children attending school or childcare. The tool walks through symptoms and provides information about next steps for testing and isolation, when household members need to isolate, and when children can return to school.
How Long to Stay Home From School | Government of Alberta
The Government of Alberta's "How Long to Stay Home From School" document helps clarify rules around isolation and staying home, based on symptoms and COVID-19 testing.
*UPDATED* COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist / Screening Questionnaire
Parents/guardians/students must use this questionnaire daily to decide if the student should attend school.
The questionnaire does not need to be printed or handed in to school staff.
COVID-19 Symptoms & Isolation Quick Reference
Our COVID-19 Symptoms & Isolation Quick Reference will help staff, parents, and students understand when testing, isolation, and quarantine are necessary.
Flowchart: Management of Individuals Tested for COVID-19
This flowchart will help determine necessary actions for both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals tested for COVID-19.
Scenario 1 School Re-Entry Plan 2020
How to Prepare for Back to School: Practice, Practice, Practice
There are lots of ways to get ready to go back to school. This year, practicing for good safety, hygiene, and independence are extra important.
Here are 6 ways to prepare for going back to school:
- Practice washing hands and using hand sanitizer
- Practice proper mask use - putting it on, taking it off, and keeping it on.
- Practice proper respiratory etiquette and physical distancing.
- Practice opening prepared foods - snacks, containers, lunch boxes.
- Practice opening, closing, and storing personal items - pencil cases, backpacks.
- Practice doing up clothing - zippers, buttons, shoelaces.
Download a PDF poster to help your child practice, practice, practice these important skills.
Pack Your Pack: Be Ready for School Each Day
Be prepared for school each day by making sure your backpack has everything you'll need to stay safe and learn.
Stay Safe: Be a SHRIMP
There are 6 simple things we can do as school communities to keep ourselves safe and healthy. And an easy way to remember these tips is to be a SHRIMP!
- Sanitize - our school custodians and staff are regularly cleaning and sanitizing high-touch surfaces to limit the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.
- Hand Washing - washing hands with soapy water for at least 20 seconds, and using hand sanitizer regularly is an important way to kill germs and stay healthy.
- Respiratory Etiquette - coughing and sneezing into your sleeve OR covering your mouth and nose with a tissue and immediately disposing of the tissue in a garbage can will help stop the spread of germs that make you and other sick.
- Illness - Stay at Home - anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 must not come to school. If you are sick, stay at home, and call Health Link 811 to discuss your symptoms and possible COVID-19 testing. If students or staff become sick at school, they will isolated and parents will be contacted to pick up sick students.
- Masks - wearing a non-medical face mask that covers your nose and mouth can help stop the spread of germs when physical distancing isn't possible.
- Physical Distancing - wherever possible, our classrooms, learning spaces, hallways, and even playgrounds are set up to provide physical distancing. Student cohorts allow students to be with the same group and minimize physical contact with others.
Together we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and allow students and staff to be learning together in schools.
At-Home Learning: Information for Families
Livingstone Range School Division is committed to providing high-quality instruction to all students, regardless of in-school or at-home learning. Families opting for at-home learning will have the ability to return to in-school instruction at an appropriate time and with notice to the Principal, to ensure a smooth changeover.
Learning from home in 2020-2021 will be different than what students previously experienced. Students will be expected to learn all of their grade-level curriculum. A typical school day for children in the at-home learning environment will be similar to the length of an instructional school day, in class. The other primary difference will be an established expectation about direct instruction from a teacher, with the exception of a few high school courses. The teacher may schedule live learning opportunities in an online environment as well as prepare materials to be completed at home, under the supervision of a parent. The teacher is responsible for the instruction and assessment of students. Learning from home relies on parents to encourage and supervise the day-to-day engagement of learning and completion of assignments. Students will require access to the internet and a digital device; please contact your school if you need assistance with technology. Paper packages may need to be supplied to individuals without internet access.
Students in Kindergarten to Grade 9
Students will be enrolled in a learning-from-home teacher’s class and attendance will be recorded. Classes may be multi-graded, and the teacher assigned will be instructing at-home learners. This teacher will be considered a team member of your regular school. Also as a family, you are still a part of your regular school’s community and will be communicating absences etc. with that school’s administration team. The core subject areas are Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Physical Education. Health, Wellness, and the Arts will be integrated within the regular programming.
Students in Grades 10-12
Students will be connected to an LRSD teacher through teacher-led video conferences or asynchronous virtual learning. Students will be expected to attend learning sessions as set by the lead teacher, via video conferencing, Google classroom and Hapara, and attendance will be taken. As a family, you are still a part of your regular school’s community and will be communicating absences etc. with that school’s administration team. While all core courses are available to students, there are limited elective courses available through at-home learning. Grade 10, 11, 12 students and parents are encouraged to sign up for Alberta Education’s MyPass website. MyPass will provide you with your child’s graduation progress, a list of credits earned, diploma exam information, and the credentials still needed to graduate. Monitoring this website and working with your local school admin team will help ensure graduation success. High School students wishing to transition back to their local boundary school may do so by communicating with the Principal. Students wishing to return to in-class programming should be prepared to join a class in progress or they may experience interruption in programming due to course availability/scheduling.
Services from Outside the Classroom
Regardless of the option chosen by parents (in-school or at-home learning), accommodations and adaptations for students with diverse learning needs will continue to be addressed in keeping with each student’s Instructional Support Plan (ISP). Please note that the Division must ensure that government guidelines are being followed to mitigate risks to both staff and students, so all face-to-face programming will only take place in the school setting.
For more information or to discuss your particular circumstance, speak with your school Principal.
School Bus Safety During COVID-19
During COVID-19 there are additional measures in place to ensure our students and bus drivers stay safe and well. These include:
- Increased cleaning and sanitizing
- Face masks are mandatory for Grade 4-12 students and bus drivers, and optional for Kindergarten-Grade 3 students
- Daily Screening Questionnaire to be completed each morning before students leave their homes and board the bus
- Loading front-to-back and assigned seating
- Hand sanitizer is available on every bus
We expect all students to have good behavior including no pushing or shoving, no abusive or offensive language, keeping aisles clear at all times, promptly obeying the bus driver's instructions, and treating bus drivers and all passengers with respect and courtesy.
Together, we can stay safe and on time.
An announcement on August 4, 2020 from the Minister of Education and the Chief Medical Officer of Health has indicated that the latest evidence for a safe return to school requires that mandatory mask use will be in place when schools reopen this fall.
This new health measure indicates:
- Mask use for students in Grades 4 to 12 will be mandatory
- Mask use for students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 students will continue to be optional
- Mask use for all school staff will be mandatory
Student mask use will be required when physical distancing cannot be maintained in the classroom, and within all shared and common areas such as hallways and on school buses.
The Government of Alberta will provide Livingstone Range School Division with two reusable masks for each student and staff member, as well as a face shield for each staff member, hand sanitizer for each school, and two contactless thermometers for each school. LRSD has procured additional personal protective equipment and cleaning/sanitizing supplies as well.
We understand that a mask must be comfortable, properly fitted, and familiar. As such, families and staff are encouraged to source their own masks if possible and practice proper mask use prior to the new school year.
VIDEOS: Returning to School Safely | Alberta Education
The Government of Alberta provides new rules for back to school with animated videos for students.
Provincial Re-Entry Plan | Alberta Education *Updated August 27, 2020*
Alberta Education's School Re-Entry plan is the guiding document for school divisions across the province.
Parents' Guide 2020-2021 School Year | Alberta Education
This 3-page guide provides information for parents and students about returning to school in Scenario 1: Near-Normal Operations.
Get the Facts: Back to Class for 2020-2021 | Alberta Education
This 3-page document from Alberta Education helps families understand what to expect when in-person classes resume this fall.
Student Illness Guide | Alberta Education
Students with symptoms must not attend school. If a child develops symptoms that could
be caused by either COVID-19 or by a known pre-existing condition (e.g., allergies, chronic
cough), the child should be tested for COVID19 to confirm that it is not the source of their
symptoms before returning to school.
Find out more in the Government of Alberta's Student Illness guide.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Letter to Parents | September 3, 2020
COVID-19 Back to School: Considerations and Tips for Parents and Caregivers | Homewood Health
LRSD's Employee and Family Assistance Plan providers, Homewood Health, share this document of things to think about as we re-start in-school learning.