Stay Home When Sick
The health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff remain Edmonton Catholic Schools’ first priority.
Staying home when sick is one of the most important ways we can protect our school communities. Students and staff are encouraged to monitor for symptoms daily before coming to school. Anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of illness, including fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, new or worsening cough, or shortness of breath, should remain at home until their symptoms have improved and they have been free of fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and they feel well enough to resume normal activities. If your child becomes sick at school, please come and pick them up as quickly as possible. Keeping illness out of our schools is a shared responsibility. Please inform your school if your child will not be attending for any reason.
ECSD continues to follow the guidance and direction provided by Alberta Health Services, Alberta Health, and Alberta Education to support our schools in reducing the risk of transmission of illness and maintaining safe and healthy learning environments for our students and staff.
What we are doing:
- In order to help prevent the spread of any illness, students are encouraged to wash and/or sanitize their hands regularly. Hand sanitizer is readily available at our schools.
- Our schools continue to prioritize cleaning and disinfecting to mitigate the spread of illness.
- We will continue to support our students, families, and staff in their masking choices. As shared in a letter on November 23, 2022, Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services say "using a well-fitting, high-quality mask is encouraged, especially in crowded indoor settings. Wearing a mask can help reduce your risk of becoming sick and help protect others from being exposed. Individuals should be supported regardless of their choice to mask or not." Should anyone require a mask when arriving at school, they will be available. Our priority is supporting a welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe learning environment.
- Ensuring proper ventilation in our schools and sites is extremely important to us. We have installed the ASHRAE recommended MERV 13 filters in all of our schools and sites and our HVAC systems are running for extended periods of time. This follows the guidelines put forward by ASHRAE last year.
Schools will inform Alberta Health Services when they have school-wide student absentee rates over 10% due to illness so they can investigate and advise. This has always been our practice.
If Alberta Health Services identifies an outbreak due to illness, letters will be shared from AHS to your school community. Various illnesses may lead to an outbreak, including respiratory, gastrointestinal, and rashes. Alberta Health Services will share information about the outbreak and recommendations to minimize further transmission within the letter.