Preparing for our Return at EMHS

Hello parents/guardians,


I hope the Holiday break afforded you the opportunity to reconnect with family and friends and to find just a bit of time for rest and relaxation too! As we prepare for our return to school on Monday I wanted to touch on a few points. By this time, you will have received this information regarding the return to school from PSD. Please read on to learn about what our students can expect upon their return to Ecole Merdian Heights School on Monday, January 10th, 2022.


Covid Protocols

Over the past 2 years (it’s hard to believe it’s been that long!) as a community working together staff, students, and parents have done an exceptional job keeping our kids safe and healthy. You have all been so understanding when asked to wear a mask when entering the school, when asked to pick up your child from school if he/she was experiencing COVID symptoms, you’ve self-isolated when required, provided your children with masks and supported our Covid Protocols and so much more! We truly appreciate your efforts.


As we return to school on Monday I would ask for your assistance one more time. While all staff will be spending a time on Monday morning reminding students of our protocols and the heightened need to ensure we are following them given our current context, we would ask that parents please take a few moments to remind your child/children of some of the more frequently used COVID protocols in place at the school. Some of these protocols are outlined below.

  • Masks remain mandatory for all Grade 4 – 12 students in PSD and are strongly recommended for K-3 students as per PSD’s Mask Protocol. This includes a strong recommendation for all students and staff to wear their masks at all times. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 will be reminded to always have a mask with them and staff will make use of learning opportunities for proper mask etiquette for our younger learners. 
  • Wearing masks when riding the school bus
  • Sanitizing hands upon entry and exiting of classrooms, library, gymnasium, music rooms etc.
  • Sanitizing shared equipment such as chromebooks prior to and after use
  • Socially distancing where possible

Distribution of Masks and Rapid Testing Kits

While we do not yet have a confirmed date of arrival for masks and testing kits, I want to ensure you that we will distribute them as soon as is possible after receiving them. You will be informed when your child has been given these items so you are able to check backpacks when kids arrive home.

As recommended by AHS, if your child is experiencing any symptoms of COVID 19, even with a negative result on a rapid test we would ask that they remain at home until their symptoms resolve. You can learn more about the AHS guidelines here.

Extracurricular Activities

At this time, Parkland School Division and Ecole Meridian Heights School will continue to support those students who choose to participate in Extracurricular Activities. We recognize the benefit that these opportunities provide to our students. With that said, we respect the rights of parents to make decisions that are most appropriate for their family context. Should you wish your child not to participate in extracurricular activities, please ask them to inform their coach/supervisor and they will be welcomed back when parents and students deem it appropriate.

Should we recieve additional guidance on this matter from AHS or Alberta Education we will adjust our routines accordingly and communicate any changes to parents and participants as promptly as is possible.

Ventilation

As outlined in the previous communication from PSD, all air handling filters are being upgraded to the highest possible standard, with an increase in the number of air exchanges within our school from approximately 3 times per hour prior to COVID to between 4.5 and 7 times per hour currently.

More Info to Come

As we learn more about new or revised COVID protocols we will be certain to inform you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at shaye.patras@psd.ca or at the school (780-963-2289) with any questions you may have.

Thank you once again for all that you do to work together with us. We are looking forward to seeing our kids again very soon!

Sincerely,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Ecole Meridian Heights School

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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