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RDCRS 2021-09-05 School Re-Entry Adjustments


Dear Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools Families, 

Dear Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools Families, Based on the most recent Alberta Government COVID-19 update on Friday, September 3, 2021, Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools (RDCRS) is implementing the following adjustments to our school re-entry plan. These adjustments are based on the medical evidence shared with us from Alberta Health regarding masking in indoor spaces as a way to mitigate transmission. Effective Tuesday, September 7, 2021:

  • RDCRS requires that all staff, and students from Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 12, wear non-medical masks on school buses, and in all common areas in school buildings, or where physical distancing is not possible.
    • In classrooms if students are front facing and seated in rows with spacing, students can remove masks.
    • Individuals who are unable to wear a mask will require a medical exemption in alignment with Alberta Health CMOH Order 40-2021. Families will work with school administration on how this will apply to their child.
  • For staff and students, masks are not required when outdoors or during physical activity. 
  • Rentals of facilities and schools will remain operational. Masking is mandatory for all rental groups.
  • School sports will continue with masking requirements in place for students who are off fields of play. All spectators and coaches will be required to wear a mask. 
  • Large gatherings of students including assemblies will be paused. 
  • Cohorting will not be required at this time, however schools will examine what cohorting may look like and how to operationalize if it becomes needed.
  • Alberta Health Services is no longer providing close contact tracing. Schools are only made aware of cases by individuals self-disclosing. If schools are made aware of a positive case within a classroom, they will inform affected families. Please note our schools may not be aware of all cases of COVID-19. 

Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Kathleen Finnigan


RDCRS 2021-09-05 School Re-Entry Adjustments

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