Reflections and Revisions at Ecole Meridian Heights School

I hope that all of our families are taking some time to enjoy a well deserved break this weekend after a busy start! It’s been a school start like none ever before!!  It’s been wonderful to see our kids “smiling eyes” as many are wearing masks when I get to see them in classrooms and hallways.

While our current protocols such as staggered entry in the morning and staggered exit after schools, as well as our staggered recesses etc. have been effective in promoting physical distancing we are now at a place where we can refine some of our protocols so please read on.

Revised Entry Times for Students Walking To/From School and or Those Being Picked up/Dropped OfF

Our previous timeframe of 8:40 a.m. – 8:55 a.m. for students walking or being dropped off is now being shortened as we have not observed any issues with hallway congestion thus far. We are now asking students being dropped off or walking to arrive between 8:40 a.m. and 8:50. They will still be entering the school at the main, front door entrance during this timeframe. We will be taking attendance immediately following.

Students walking home after school and/or being picked up will also see a revised timeline as we have been able to load our buses quite efficiently at the end of the day. Students will now be released from their classrooms at approximately 3:06 when our final bell rings.  Should we require any additional changes to these times we will be certain to communicate them to you.

Process for Students Displaying Symptoms of Covid 19 While at Home

We are truly appreciative of the amazing level of cooperation and support we’ve had from our parents when students have been displaying symptoms of Covid 19 at school and home.  Working together we continue to minimize the risk for all of our school community.

It is imperative that our families continue to complete the Covid 19 Screening Questionnaire at home each day prior to arriving at school. We appreciate those of you who have proactively identified symptoms and kept your children home. We would ask that when you do so, you communicate your child’s symptoms and absence directly to our office either with an email to or a phone call at 780-963-2289. Very clear directions on what to do if your child demonstrates symptoms at home can be found in this article “Feeling Sick? Here’s What to Do” on our school website. Additionally you would be directed to complete the Covid 19 Self-Assessment Tool. 

Prior to your child returning to school, you must contact the school and speak with an administrator or member of our office staff to confirm their eligibility to attend. At that time, if your child is eligible to return to school you will be required to complete the Declaration for Return to School.  If you are unsure of what is required, please do not hesitate to contact our school office.

Process for Students Displaying Symptoms of Covid 19 While at School

If a student is observed by a staff member (or self-reports) any symptom of Covid 19 they will be referred to the office and assessed. In the office they will be required to wear a mask (where possible) and will be isolated.  A member of our administration will speak to them to learn about any/all potential symptoms.

Parents will be called to pick their child up as soon as is possible. Parents will be directed to complete the online COVID 19 Self Assessment Additionally, depending on symptoms presenting, parents will be instructed to either have their child remain at home until the symptoms resolve, OR parents will be directed to have their child self-isolate for 10 days or until symptoms resolve (whichever is longer) or until they have received a negative Covid 19 test result. At that time, they are required to contact the school to arrange for the return of their child to school and to sign the Declaration for Return to School.

Pre-Existing Conditions

If a student has symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat or runny nose, that student MUST self-isolate for 10 days after the onset of symptoms and until the symptoms have resolved (whichever is longer) according to AHS

If your child has an underlying medical condition such as allergies, asthma or anxiety that
present symptoms similar to COVID-19, there are steps to follow to notify the school which will give us a process to follow so your child does not necessarily have to isolate for ten days.

Please complete this Pre-existing Medical Conditions Form  for your child and return it to the school.  I apologize for the duplication of efforts, but would ask that this form be completed for any students at Ecole Meridian Heights School who have pre-existing conditions even if those conditions have already been provided to the school through email or a phone call. This will allow us to centralize our information and ensure consistency and accuracy.

If a student with a pre-existing condition (and appropriate documentation has been submitted) displays symptoms, they will be sent to the office in most cases at which time their symptoms will be assessed. If these symptoms are in accordance with those on file for pre-existing conditions the student will be returned to class if they are healthy enough to do so. If symptoms escalate from the baseline, or new symptoms present, the same process as outlined above for students displaying symptoms of Covid 19 will be applied.

Thank you for indulging me in such a long email, and for your continued support.

Until next time,

Mr. S. Patras


About Shaye Patras

I am a husband and father of two fantastic girls. I currently work as the Principal of Ecole Meridian Heights School in Parkland School Division in Alberta, Canada. I am excited to be continuing my administrative career in this learning community!
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