2021/22 HFCRD Back-to-School Plan

  Posted: August 24, 2021

At the August 23rd Regular Board Meeting, the HFCRD Board of Trustees approved the 2021/22 Back-to-School Plan. The plan follows the current guidelines from Alberta Health Services, and ensures that HFCRD schools prioritize the health and safety of all students, staff and families. In the event that Alberta Health Services’ guidelines change on September 27th, 2021, the Back-to-School plan will be revised and adapted to the most current guidelines. HFCRD cares deeply about the health and safety of all students, staff and families and will communicate promptly when guidelines change throughout the school year. HFCRD’s Back-to-School Plan can be viewed here.


Highlights include: 

  • Resuming for the 2021-2022 School Year:
    • Local and provincial field trips
    • Athletics and extracurricular activities
    • All fine arts and options classes
    • Assemblies and special events
    • Provincial exams
    • Graduation and School Farewell activities
    • School Council meetings
  • Staff and students are encouraged to review the daily screening checklist before going to school.
  • Should a student exhibit signs of illness at school, they will be moved to a designated private area within the school. Parents/guardians will be notified and advised to pick up their child as soon as practicable.
  • As per AHS guidelines, masks will be required on school buses for K-12 students. Exceptions will be made for students with medical conditions or special needs.
  • School bus drivers will be required to wear masks or face shields when picking up and dropping off students.
  • Anyone who enters a school will be required to practice hand hygiene.
  • Alcohol-based sanitizers will be available throughout the school and at designated entry points.
  • Handwashing will be part of daily routines, including washroom use, recess, and lunch.
  • Schools will have visible signage about hand washing and proper respiratory etiquette.
  • Schools will continue with the enhanced cleaning practices that began last year, including regular cleaning and disinfecting of high touch surfaces.
  • At the beginning of September, teachers will be focusing on welcoming students back to their school communities. As part of getting to know students as individual learners, teachers in K – 6 will be screening students in numeracy and literacy. They will determine student knowledge and skill based on previous curricula and target instruction for any missed learning. In addition, the Division is preparing post-assessments to help teachers measure learning growth.
  • In junior high and high school, subject-area teachers will also be targeting their instruction to support students in their transition back-to-school.
  • Student mental health and well-being are critical to academic and personal success. By focusing on a comprehensive and collaborative continuum of support, we will be responsive to the needs of our students, staff, and families within HFCRD.