If your child, or you as a student, are ill, please call 811 for guidance and direction.
Welcome back to school! We are excited to begin the 2020-2021 school year and look forward to welcoming our new students as well as our returning students. There are many things to consider as we begin to plan for the upcoming school year. While we realize that this is a challenging time for everyone, we will endeavour to make decisions with the safety and needs of our students, staff and families at the forefront. As we work through this re-entry process, we ask that you are flexible and adaptable to what works for our VPHS community.
- The health, safety and well-being of students and staff is a priority.
- Decisions were made with the following in mind and in this order: Safety, Wellness, Learning, and Achievement.
- Lethbridge School Division will attend to the protocols established by Alberta Health Services and Alberta Education in all aspects of schooling, with the focus on student learning.
- We respect that parents are the first educators and primary decision-makers for their children.
- Students and staff who are vulnerable require attention to accommodations.
- Students will have quality learning opportunities that are guided by Alberta Education mandates and the provincial Programs of Study.
- Staff will have access to the professional learning, collaboration and support they need to grow the instructional practice in all potential methods of delivery.
- Consistency of program delivery over time is important for the sound allocation of staffing and resources.
- Consistency of universal expectations and protocols for safety for ALL people - staff, students, parents, visitors, etc. within our building.
Overall, the VPHS Re-Entry Plan ensures the transition back to school is smooth, and that operations take place in the safest way possible. It is essential families and students understand and adhere to the guidelines, so the risk of transmission remains low, and students continue learning in a safe classroom setting. Through a combined effort, everyone within VPHS is safer, healthier, and better prepared for success as the pandemic continues.
HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD
All Albertans have a responsibility to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Take steps to protect yourself and others:
- Practice physical distancing and wear a non-medical face mask in
- Practice good hygiene and respiratory
- Avoid carpooling with people outside your household and avoid overcrowded
- Monitor for symptoms related to COVID-19—such as fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of smell and taste, aches, pink-eye,
- Self-isolate for the legally required 10 days if you have any symptoms not related to a pre- existing illness or medical
- Self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms if you are in close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19.
- Take the COVID-19 self-assessment tool to access health-care advice and
- Every student, staff, and visitor will complete the daily COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire before entering VPHS.
- No one is permitted inside VPHS if they have symptoms consistent with COVID-19—unrelated to a pre-existing
- Hand sanitizer provided by VPHS, in multiple locations (exits and entrances to building and classrooms).
- Implement physical distancing, class groupings, and the use of personal protective
- Protocols to reduce congestion in high-traffic areas—hallways, cafeteria,
- Prohibit large-group gatherings—assemblies, field trips, tournaments,
- Avoid shared-use items, supplies, and
- Provide access to mental health supports for students and
- Regular and ongoing cleaning and disinfecting throughout the school and high-touch
- Use of masks—applicable to all staff, students, and visitors.
Those without one have two options: not enter the facility or wear a single-use mask supplied by VPHS. Individuals who choose not to are prohibited from entering until a mask is worn. An at-home learning option is available to students who choose not to wear a mask.
To ensure schools and Division offices are safe for students and staff, all school staff and families must complete a verbal COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire every day.
- Lethbridge School Division Parent Re-entry Guide -https://www.lethsd.ab.ca/download/283103
- Lethbridge School Division Q and A that outline details about safety protocols, in school learning structure and at home learning options for families - https://www.lethsd.ab.ca/download/283106
- Self-Screening Questionnaire – https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/edc-covid-19-screening-questionaire-english.pdf
○ Victoria Park High School is an in-session closed campus for students. This means students are not permitted to wander around the building and congregate outside of the classroom. If you do not have a class, you are not permitted to be on campus, with the exception of DL work in the Learning Commons. Lunches will be eaten in the gym. All other breaks during the day must be taken in the classroom or outside of the building. Washroom and drinking fountain access is permitted.
○ At this time, a closed campus is extended to include parents/guardians or volunteers. This means that you will not be able to enter the building without a pre-arranged appointment except in emergency pick-up situations.
○ Parents/Guardians who need to come to the school are to call the school first and will be limited to going to the office where you will be required to sign-in. Call 403-327-3945.
- Learning Commons
- This space will be open for student support and academic work. Students are required to sign in and out, following the LC protocols that are in place.
- Water Fountains
- Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school; water fountains will be in use and cleaned frequently.
○ Our Zen Room on the second floor will serve as an isolation room.
○ Once a student is in the isolation room, parents will be contacted to pick up their child immediately. Parents will pick up their child at the South entrance at the front of the school.
A Summary of Health measures will include, but are not limited to:
- Appropriate hand sanitizing and handwashing, respiratory etiquette, physical distancing (when and where possible in schools and on buses), increased frequency of cleaning and disinfection, student cohorts, and having staff and students stay home when ill or are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms.
- Teachers will organize their classrooms to increase learning space.
- No fabric resources, furniture, or items not easily cleaned.
- The staff have limited access to the school, Monday to Friday, from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Students can use the south (front) entrance or the north (back) entrance. We ask that all parents who drop off and or pick up their child please do so at the south (front) entrance.