Red Deer Public School Division

Red Deer Public releases COVID-19 Re-Entry, Recovery and Resurgence Plan

Red Deer Public Schools is preparing for a safe and successful school year ahead. Today, the Board of Trustees approved the Division’s COVID-19 Re-Entry, Recovery and Resurgence Plan.

Red Deer Public will follow Alberta Education guidelines when it comes to masking, which means masks are recommended in school and classroom settings, but are not mandatory. Masks are mandatory on student transportation as per provincial health guidelines.

“The Board’s decision regarding masks is reflective of the current provincial health guidelines and what we are seeing in our community,” said Nicole Buchanan, Board Chair. “While these are difficult decisions, our focus continues to be on what is best for teaching and learning for our students and staff.”

The following motion was passed during a special Board Meeting on Thursday August 19, 2021. Buchanan, Vice Chair Laurette Woodward and Trustees Bev Manning and Bill Stuebing voted for the motion. Trustees Cathy Peacocke and Dianne Macaulay voted against the motion.

THAT the Board of Trustees approve the Division’s COVID-19 Re-Entry, Recovery and Resurgence Plan as presented, with alignment to health guidelines and restrictions contained within the Alberta Education 2021-2022 School Year Plan and Guidance for Respiratory Illness Prevention and Management in Schools, with the addition of local conditions to the Visitors to School guidelines.

Furthermore, the Board encourages mask use, but will not make their use mandatory, except where required by provincial restrictions.

The Board will monitor and review COVID data and trends on an ongoing basis and will adjust and change restrictions as needed that are responsive to local conditions and trends.

The Division’s COVID-19 Re-Entry, Recovery and Resurgence Plan, which is reflective of the information gathered through the Division’s recent engagement process with parents and staff, focuses on:

  • Re-Entry, which includes all of the health guidelines students, families and staff need to know before the start of the school year;
  • Recovery, which focuses on academic supports to close learning gaps due to the pandemic over the past school year;
  • Resurgence to address mental health supports, which includes looking after each other.

“As we move into the new school year, we will continue to monitor and be responsive, when needed, as the year progresses and if local conditions change. We truly look forward to welcoming our students and staff back to school on September 1.”