Important Message to the Parents and Guardians of St. Stephen’s School

  Posted: May 3, 2021

To the Parents and Guardians of St. Stephen’s School,

I have two important messages to share with all families:

  1. We were notified today that one individual at our school has tested positive for COVID-19. All close contacts of this individual are in grade 8, some ride the bus with the individual and several are staff members. All close contacts have been contacted today by phone. We are waiting for further direction from AHS about whether more individuals are required to isolate. Even if close contacts test negative, they are required to continue isolating for the full isolation period. If anyone in your household is experiencing any symptoms, they should please stay home and get tested as soon as possible. Out of respect for all individuals involved, and in accordance with Alberta Health Services guidelines, no further information will be shared about this case.
  2. Due to operational reasons including the lack of staff and substitutes available, we are transitioning junior high classes to home/online learning effective today. These classes will return in person at school on Friday May 14th. Teachers will provide at home/online learning during this time and will contact your family soon.


All junior high students will be provided at home learning during this isolation period. Your child’s teacher will contact you with assignments that your child can complete at home. Devices will be available for students to borrow.

We remind families to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 using the Alberta Health Screening Questionnaire. Please remember to complete the checklist each day prior to attending school. If you or a member of your family has any of the symptoms of illness listed, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811.

We encourage all parents and guardians of students who test positive to report their test results to our school as soon as possible by emailing jodie.chisholm@hfcrd.ab.ca. That email address is monitored on a regular basis, including evenings and weekends, and all emails will remain confidential.

The health and safety of our staff, students and community remains our first priority. We know this news can be distressing for families and supports are available. Please be assured we will  work closely with Alberta Health Services to ensure we follow their ongoing recommendations. 

We will continue to provide additional information to parents and guardians as it is available.

 

Yours in Christ,

 

Betty Turpin, Superintendent, and Jodie Chisholm, Principal