CBE “recommends” masks in its back-to-school strategy


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And quarantine protocols aren’t described either – what happens when a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, who would be considered their close contacts and who should self-quarantine with the positive case.

The CBE said it would seek advice from Alberta Health Services, with the protocol stating that “the decision to send a cohort / class home or to close a school will be made by the local medical officer of health.” If students are to self-isolate, the school will help them learn or work at home. ”

If students exhibit symptoms during the school day, CBE schools will need to provide a private room, or “infirmary,” for that student until he can be picked up, which will be the only time students will need to wear. a mask.

The CBE protocol states: “The only time your child will have to wear a mask at school is if they get sick. In this case, your child will be given a disposable mask to wear until the parents can pick them up. ”

But there were no details of what happens if those infirmaries are full on a day when more than one or two students have flu or respiratory symptoms.

In smaller classrooms or less frequented schools, the CBE strategy suggests that “workspaces and offices will be separated from each other by two meters where possible.

“If two meters cannot be arranged between desks / tables, students should be arranged so that they are not facing each other (eg arranged in rows rather than small groups or a semicircle).”

Larger gatherings such as school assemblies will be avoided and barriers or partitions may be placed in larger assembly areas or common areas.

Last week, Premier Jason Kenney announced that all K-12 schools could fully reopen for in-person classes in September, but asked each school district to come up with their own plan to mitigate the risk of COVID-19.

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