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Important: COVID Alert for Okotoks Junior High School

May 2, 2021

To our École Okotoks Junior High School Team and Community,

An additional case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in an individual who was within École Okotoks Junior High School. As always, our thoughts remain with this individual and their family.  We wish them a safe and speedy recovery.

Out of respect to privacy and in accordance with AHS guidelines, we cannot disclose personal health information of any individual.  However, we are able to share that we learned of this positive COVID-19 case the evening of May 2, 2021.  We understand that the individual was last in the school on Monday April 26, 2021.

Please note that ALL Grade 7-9 students at École Okotoks Junior High School will temporarily transition from in-person to online learning beginning today, Monday May 3, 2021.

When 2 or more cases are identified within the school, the Chief Medical Officer of Health will declare a school investigation / outbreak.  We have been assigned a School Outbreak / EI Number (2021-EI-5307) please reference this number when booking a test for faster results.

In past cases, we would notify a school community when a COVID-19 Variant of Concern (VOC) was identified within a school.  With the rise of the B.1.1.7 (UK) VOC across the province, Alberta Health Services has informed us that this notification will no longer be provided.  All other variants will continue to be shared.

Public Health, supported by Foothills School Division, has informed all individuals identified as being a close contact with these cases.  The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is paramount.  We know this news can be distressing and support is available, you are encouraged to visit our Parent Learning Link, Student Learning Link, or review the resources available to support your family from the Calgary Rural Primary Care Network.  

We remind families to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 using the Alberta Health Daily Checklist.  If you or a member of your family has any of the symptoms of illness listed, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811.

Please rest assured that we will continue to work closely with Alberta Health Services and the Medical Officer of Health in the Calgary Zone to ensure that we follow their ongoing recommendations.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to your school principal or myself with any questions you may have.  Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Chris Fuzessy, Superintendent of Schools
Tracey McKinnon, École Okotoks Junior High School Principal

 

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May 2, 2021

To our École Okotoks Junior High School staff team and community,

As you are aware several cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in individuals associated with École Okotoks Junior High School over the last week, 4 cases since April 26, 2021.   As always, our thoughts remain with all of these individuals and their families.  We wish them a safe and speedy recovery.

We have worked closely with Alberta Health Services as well as Alberta Education during the course of the week to ensure that we follow their ongoing recommendations.  We have also consulted with them about the number of cases at the school and best next steps for the school community.  Earlier today, we received authorization for a temporary two week transition to online learning at the school.  

Please note that ALL Grade 7-9 students at École Okotoks Junior High School will temporarily transition from in-person to online learning beginning Monday May 3, 2021.  Initial learning plans will be sent to students on May 3rd, 2021.  This communication on May 3rd will include a link to schedule a time to collect personal belongings and any textbooks that may be needed during online learning.  Please contact the school to arrange for a technology loan if needed.  We expect that in-person learning will resume for these students on Monday May 17, 2021. 

Students with complex needs, students requiring socio-emotional support and students who may require specialized school equipment to continue their studies in specific courses can contact the school to schedule their attendance with all applicable health guidelines in place.    

We understand and respect that this may be challenging for families and students.  Please know that throughout the pandemic, our decisions have been based on the priority of safeguarding the safety and wellbeing of students and staff as well as enabling a continuity of learning.  This decision is made through that lens and includes consideration of increasing case numbers at the school, student absentee numbers at the school, numbers of students and staff currently self isolating, as well as Divisional capacity in meeting the operational needs of the system. 

We know this news can be distressing and supports are available.  You are encouraged to visit our Parent Learning Link and Student Learning Link.  Please also know that you may be eligible for federal support through the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit or the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit.

We remind families to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 using the Alberta Health Daily Checklist.  If you or a member of your family has any of the symptoms of illness listed, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811.

The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is paramount.  Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support.  We look forward to putting the pandemic behind us as soon as possible.  Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 

Sincerely,

Chris Fuzessy, Superintendent of Schools
Tracey McKinnon,  École Okotoks Junior High School Principal 

 

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May 1, 2021

To our École Okotoks Junior High School Team and Community,

An additional case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in an individual who was within École Okotoks Junior High School. As always, our thoughts remain with this individual and their family. We wish them a safe and speedy recovery.

Out of respect to privacy and in accordance with AHS guidelines, we cannot disclose personal health information of any individual. However, we are able to share that we learned of this positive COVID-19 case the evening of May 1, 2021. We understand that the individual was last in the school on Thursday April 22, 2021.

Please know that we continue to engage and consult with Alberta Health Services and Alberta Education as these recent events cause concern. Families should prepare for a potential transition to online learning as we have made this request to Alberta Education. As always, we will share any new information with you as it becomes available.

When 2 or more cases are identified within the school, the Chief Medical Officer of Health will declare a school investigation / outbreak. We have been assigned a School Outbreak / EI Number (2021-EI-5307) please reference this number when booking a test for faster results.

In past cases, we would notify a school community when a COVID-19 Variant of Concern (VOC) was identified within a school. With the rise of the B.1.1.7 (UK) VOC across the province, Alberta Health Services has informed us that this notification will no longer be provided. All other variants will continue to be shared.

Public Health, supported by Foothills School Division, has informed all individuals identified as being a close contact with these cases. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is paramount. We know this news can be distressing and support is available, you are encouraged to visit our Parent Learning Link, Student Learning Link, or review the resources available to support your family from the Calgary Rural Primary Care Network.

We remind families to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 using the Alberta Health Daily Checklist. If you or a member of your family has any of the symptoms of illness listed, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811.

Please rest assured that we will continue to work closely with Alberta Health Services and the Medical Officer of Health in the Calgary Zone to ensure that we follow their ongoing recommendations. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your school principal or myself with any questions you may have. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Chris Fuzessy, Superintendent of Schools
Tracey McKinnon, École Okotoks Junior High School Principal

 

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April 30, 2021

To our École Okotoks Junior High School Community,

A case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in an individual who was within École Okotoks Junior High School.  As always, our thoughts remain with this individual and their family, we wish them a safe and speedy recovery.

Out of respect to privacy and in accordance with AHS guidelines, we cannot disclose personal health information of any individual.  However, we are able to share that we learned of this positive COVID-19 case the afternoon of April 30, 2021.  We understand that the individual was last in the school on Friday April 23, 2021.

Please note:

  • ALL Grade 9 students at École Okotoks Junior High School will continue online learning the week of May 3, 2021.  In-person learning is currently scheduled to resume on Monday May 10, 2021.  We understand and respect that this may be challenging for families, please know that you may be eligible for federal support through the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit or the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit.
     
  • A school Investigation has been declared by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.  We have been assigned a School Investigation/Outbreak / EI Number (2021-5307), please reference this number when booking a test for faster results.
     
  • In the past, we would notify a school community when a COVID-19 Variant of Concern (VOC) was identified within a school.  With the rise of the B.1.1.7 (UK) VOC across the province, Alberta Health Services has informed us that this notification will no longer be provided.  All other variants will continue to be shared.

Public Health, supported by Foothills School Division, has informed all individuals identified as being a close contact with this case.  The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is paramount.  We know this news can be distressing and support is available, you are encouraged to visit our Parent Learning Link, Student Learning Link, or review the resources available to support your family from the Calgary Rural Primary Care Network.  

We remind families to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 using the Alberta Health Daily Checklist.  If you or a member of your family has any of the symptoms of illness listed, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811.

Please rest assured that we will continue to work closely with Alberta Health Services and the Medical Officer of Health in the Calgary Zone to ensure that we follow their ongoing recommendations.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to your school principal or myself with any questions you may have.  Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Chris Fuzessy, Superintendent of Schools
Tracey McKinnon, École Okotoks Junior High School Principal

 

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April 26, 2021

To our École Okotoks Junior High School Team and Community,

A case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in an individual who was within École Okotoks Junior High School.  As always, our thoughts remain with this individual and their family.  We wish them a safe and speedy recovery.

Out of respect to privacy and in accordance with AHS guidelines, we cannot disclose personal health information of any individual.  However, we are able to share that we learned of this positive COVID-19 case this morning, April 26, 2021.  We understand that the individual was last in the school on Wednesday April 21, 2021.

Please note:

  • ALL Grade 9 students at École Okotoks Junior High School will temporarily transition from in-person to online learning beginning today, Monday April 26, 2021.  Initial online learning plans will be sent to students tomorrow Tuesday, April 27, 2021.  In-person learning is currently scheduled to resume on Monday May 10, 2021.  We understand and respect that this may be challenging for families, please know that you may be eligible for federal support through the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit or the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit.
     
  • A school outbreak has been declared by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.  We have been assigned a School Outbreak / EI Number (2021-5307), please reference this number when booking a test for faster results.
     
  • In the past, we would notify a school community when a COVID-19 Variant of Concern (VOC) was identified within a school.  With the rise of the B.1.1.7 (UK) VOC across the province, Alberta Health Services has informed us that this notification will no longer be provided.  All other variants will continue to be shared.

Public Health, supported by Foothills School Division, has informed all individuals identified as being a close contact with this case.  The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is paramount.  We know this news can be distressing and support is available, you are encouraged to visit our Parent Learning Link, Student Learning Link, or review the resources available to support your family from the Calgary Rural Primary Care Network.  

We remind families to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 using the Alberta Health Daily Checklist.  If you or a member of your family has any of the symptoms of illness listed, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811.

Please rest assured that we will continue to work closely with Alberta Health Services and the Medical Officer of Health in the Calgary Zone to ensure that we follow their ongoing recommendations.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to your school principal or myself with any questions you may have.  Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Chris Fuzessy, Superintendent of Schools
Tracey McKinnon, École Okotoks Junior High School Principal

 

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April 25, 2021

To our École Okotoks Junior High School community,

A case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in an individual who was within École Okotoks Junior High School. As always, our thoughts remain with these individuals and their families. We wish them a safe and speedy recovery.

Out of respect to privacy and in accordance with AHS guidelines, we cannot disclose personal health information of any individual. However, we are able to share that we learned of this positive COVID-19 case the morning of April 25, 2021. We understand that the individual was last in the school on Tuesday April 20, 2021.

Public Health, supported by Foothills School Division, has informed all individuals identified as being a close contact with these cases. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is paramount. We know this news can be distressing and support is available, you are encouraged to visit our Parent Learning Link, Student Learning Link, or review the resources available to support your family from the Calgary Rural Primary Care Network.

In past cases, we would notify a school community when a COVID-19 Variant of Concern (VOC) was identified within a school. With the rise of the B.1.1.7 (UK) VOC across the province, Alberta Health Services has informed us that this notification will no longer be provided. All other variants will continue to be shared.

We remind families to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 using the Alberta Health Daily Checklist. If you or a member of your family has any of the symptoms of illness listed, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811.

Please rest assured that we will continue to work closely with Alberta Health Services and the Medical Officer of Health in the Calgary Zone to ensure that we follow their ongoing recommendations. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your school principal or myself with any questions you may have. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Chris Fuzessy, Superintendent of Schools
Tracey McKinnon, École Okotoks Junior High School Principal