Outbreak Status at Muir Lake School
Friday, December 11, 2020 -
Dear Parents/Guardians of Muir Lake School,
You recently received an email and an attached letter from Alberta Health Services based on our previous COVID-19 cases. All families and classes connected to these cases have already been contacted directly.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) define an outbreak as 'two or more cases'. This letter is sent on behalf of AHS automatically to any school in the province that has reached outbreak status, whether they are related or not. The cases do not necessarily indicate school-based spread.
There are currently two positive cases associated with Muir Lake School. Close contacts of those positive cases may choose to have their children tested for COVID-19 while they are self-isolating and monitoring for symptoms.
Muir Lake Outbreak Status Letter from AHS
We will continue to adhere to the health measures in place with the safety of our staff and students as our top priority.
Enhanced Measures for Muir Lake School
With the targeted health measures in place for the entire province, and with the recent declaration of an outbreak at our school, we know you are more concerned about keeping yourself and your child(ren) safe.
To help limit the potential spread of COVID-19 in our school and in our community, Muir Lake School is implementing enhanced measures when it comes to mask wearing while in school. Effective immediately, ALL staff and Grade 4 - 9 students will be asked to wear a mask whenever they cannot maintain minimal physical distancing from others in the school. This will include during class time unless students and staff can maintain a 2 m distance.
This school protocol will be reassessed after the province reassesses their latest targeted health measures.
Although the use of masks is only one of the preventative measures we can take to help curb the spread of COVID-19, we are confident these enhanced protocols will help to keep our students and staff safe, while maintaining our classroom cohorts.
There will be circumstances at school in which masks will not be required (e.g. outdoor activities or activities in which students and staff maintain appropriate physical distancing) and we will be sure to respect those needs. Other masking requirements, as part of the Alberta Education school re-entry plan, outside of classrooms remain unchanged.
Students and staff must continue to use the Alberta Health Daily checklist each day prior to coming to school and to stay home if they are sick. While at school, we continue to encourage frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer whenever possible.
If you have questions regarding this change, please contact the school at 780-963-3535 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Murray Marran, Principal
Muir Lake School