... a note from Principal Reynolds

December 1, 2020

UPDATE

Dear MBE Families,


I want to provide all of our families with an update of where things stand at the school with relation to our Covid-19 protocols and procedures as we head into the month of December.


At first, I do want to make it clear that, at the time of this letter being written, we have NO cases of Covid-19 at our school. Our staff and students have done an amazing job at the school with regards to adhering to cleaning, sanitizing, and social distancing protocols – and I commend our parent group for their diligence in keeping sick kids home and doing your part to keep ALL of our students and staff safe. Your efforts have been greatly appreciated!


As I know you are aware, the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been rising over the past week in our community and we are seeing them continue to do so on a daily basis. We are also starting to see a number of instances where our students and staff have reported to have been in contact, or in the vicinity, of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.


We have done a good job at MBE with regards to implementing and maintaining Covid protocols and procedures, but as I have said before on several occasions, 'Covid is NOT in our building... if/when we get cases, it will come into our school from outside.' And now, we are starting to see some of our neighbouring schools in Edson with their first positive cases and we can assume that somewhere along the way, our turn may come.


When it does come, our job now will then be to 'manage it' so that it is contained to a small group and we isolate that group with the hopes that we keep them safe and stop the spread within our building. Sounds easy on paper; it may be a little more challenging in reality...


The good thing is 'managing challenges' is what we do - and this will be another one of those challenges that we need to deal with. We will now turn the good ship MBE into the oncoming wave and will meet it head on. There's an epic crew aboard this ship and I feel quite confident and optimistic about our chances to navigate that wave successfully.


The landscape will continue to change and we will keep you updated as we receive information in the office. Nobody here is alone - please remember that - and we all need to make sure we lean on, and support, each other so that we all stay safe and healthy.


More than ever...

... WE GOT THIS !


Darcy

We have NO positive Covid-19 cases in our school as of today...

Homework for students whose parents pull their kids as a precaution...

If a student is going home for a week or more - and it is due to a parent pulling them from school as a precaution during this uncertain time, we will still provide work for them to do if requested. This situation will be much like what we do when a student is home ill or leaving on vacation - the parent can request paper-based work to do during the absence. Please be patient with the teachers as they work to put this material together. Please understand that keeping your child home is NOT the same 'learning at home' scenario as it was at the end of the last school year. Teachers are still teaching classes all day long so there will be no online component to your child's day if you are keeping them home. You should also be aware that the TLC distance learning option is not available during the month of December as that program is not taking on additional students at this time.

Student is away self quarantining as a result of close contact with someone who tests positive for Covid-19...

Any staff or student who was in close contact (15 minutes or more in the same room) with a person testing positive for Covid-19 will have to self quarantine for 14 days from the time of contact and may need to get a covid-19 test should symptoms appear.


Homework protocol from above also applies...

Staff or Student tests positive for Covid-19...

Any staff or student testing positive for Covid-19 will immediately go into quarantine at home and any students / staff at school who have been in close contact with them (15 minutes in same room) will need to self quarantine for 14 days as well. The school would then work with AHS to identify students/classes that would have been in close contact with the positive case, and those individuals / that class would need to quarantine at home for 14 days as well.


Parents will be contacted immediately should there be a positive case identified in our school.


Homework protocol from above still applies...

We need to stay WILD...

We will continue the conversation with our students about the importance of our WILD philosophy when it comes to Covid safety protocols (see posters below). It's important to keep having 'normal' conversations about this whole thing so that we help our students to feel safe and in control of their emotions - and help them to deal with their anxiety and the anxiety of those around them. (Being there for each other is part of the overarching WILD philosophy in our school :)

What do we need from our Parents?

... please know that we are ALL in this together. We will continue to do everything we can to keep our students and staff safe at school and will maintain that balance between student safety and providing them with the best possible learning opportunities we can.


From our parents, we need you to keep doing what you have been doing since this started:

1. Keep your kids home if they are sick;

2. Continue to use the Alberta Health Daily Covid Checklist to guide your decision-making

when it comes to sending your child to school each morning;

3. Be mindful of social distancing in the front of the school at dismissal pick-up;

4. Stay in communication with your child's teacher so everyone is on the same page;

5. Be patient and kind with each other as we navigate these uncharted waters together.


I want to thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, to make MBE the safe and caring learning place it is for our students. If we are extra vigilant and work together, we will get through this. Please know that if you need to talk, need support, have questions, or just need to rant - I'm here... and you can contact me at the school by phone, by email, or through our social media pages anytime!


Darcy