2021-22 School Year Protocols

GCA plans to continue to follow AHS and government guidelines for schools and will continue to closely monitor and adjust to any recommended changes. We will also continue to add further questions as they arise. View our 2021-22 COVID-19 Organizational Handbook here.

Please take a moment to review the Government of Alberta's Parent's Guide to the 2021-22 School Year.

School Year FAQs

What will masking look like at GCA?

Based on the current masking mandate for the province, we will require the following:

  • Indoor masking for Grades 4 to 9 when students are outside of the classroom in common areas
  • Indoor masking for all staff when they are within 6 feet of another individual or in common areas
  • Any parent entering the building will be required to wear a mask while inside the building
  • Masking will be required for all individuals on buses.

Are we keeping the plexiglass in the classrooms and the stanchions in the hallway?

  • The plexiglass will be removed throughout the school.
  • We will continue to utilize the stanchions in the hallways.

Will there be designated entrances for Elementary grades?

  • For entry, we will have at most 2 grades per entry doors.
  • Elementary students will not be using the Theatre or Main Entrance doors.
Visit here to view the entrances.

Will there be designated entrances for Junior High grades?

Each grade will be entering through their 2020-21 school year designated entrance. Visit here to view the entrances.

How will cafeteria work for the students?

GCA’s cafeteria will operate, following all food service establishment guidelines identified by Alberta Health Services.

All students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade Nine must use the MyKidsSpending online ordering platform to pre-order lunches.

The option of purchasing items on the day of will not be available, even for students who are scheduled to eat in the cafeteria.

Elementary students (JK-Grade 5) will eat lunch in their homeroom classroom. If ordering lunch from the cafeteria, it will be delivered directly to the child’s classroom.

Junior High students will assign two grades to the Cafeteria seating for one week, with the other two grades eating in their homeroom classrooms. The following week they will switch.

Microwaves will remain unavailable, and the cafeteria will not operate any ‘buffet-style’ services. Cutlery, napkins and other items will be dispensed to students as required. There will be cleaning between groups to ensure that the space can be disinfected for the next group of users.

Are we keeping the staggered entrance times?

We are returning to our original entrance schedule:

  • Elementary: Warning bell will be at 8:17am. Classes start at 8:25 am.
  • Junior High: Warning bell will be at 8:17am. Classes start at 8:30 am.
There will be outdoor supervision in Elementary starting at 8:05 am.

Will Grades 4-9 be remaining in their same classrooms?

  • At this time, Grades 4-9 will return to travelling between classes to their various subject teachers’ classrooms.
  • Student desks will be disinfected between grade groups.

Are we continuing on with the sanitizing safety protocols run by facilities?

  • Main touch points will be cleaned and sanitized twice daily
  • Classrooms and other locations will be disinfected nightly

For those who are required to isolate, is the school providing at-home learning supports?

We will ensure continuation of learning for students away due to illness or isolation.

What will pick up procedures look like?

We will be continuing with the pick-up management app, called PikMyKid, to help manage after school pick up.

What are our protocols for individuals who are unwell?

  • Parents and staff who are exhibiting symptoms are expected to complete the self-assessment to determine if a COVID test is required.
  • If exhibiting symptoms, AHS guidelines require the individual to isolate for 10 days or until symptoms disappear (whichever is longer).
  • If the individual tests negative for COVID, they may return to the school providing they are no long exhibiting symptoms.

Will intramurals and extracurricular activities be running this year?

Yes, we will be running both activities for Elementary and Junior High.

What will field trips and retreats look like?

Field trips will continue for all grades for the 2021-2022 school year. All students will be required to wear a mask on the school buses transporting the students to the field trip location. GCA’s students and staff will respect the COVID-19 guidance in place at the field trip location. Class cohorts will remain together as much as possible on transportation and in the venue.

Will large gatherings, such as school assemblies, resume?

  • We currently hold chapels with two grades in the theatre one week (to be at our 1/3 capacity), with the other two grades livestreaming. Each week, the grades alternate who is in the theatre versus livestreaming.
  • School assemblies will not be held at this time.

What is the school doing regarding contract tracing?

  • Contact tracing for any student who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 will occur starting October 12. AHS and GCA will be working together to contact trace, and AHS will be contacting any families of students who are deemed close contacts of a COVID-19 case. This will be the expected protocol for Kindergarten to Grade 9.
  • Individuals who test positive are required to isolate for 10 days or until symptoms are gone (whichever is longer).
  • Close contacts are no longer required to quarantine per AHS guidelines. However, for students in Kindergarten to Grade 6, if there is a minimum of three students in the same class diagnosed with COVID-19 who were deemed “infectious” while in the school environment, then that class will be moved to online learning for 10 calendar days. Unless any of the other students are considered symptomatic, they are not required to isolate. It is recommended that they avoid contact with any of the population that is deemed vulnerable during that time. The “infectious” period is defined as two days prior to showing symptoms, and 10 days after the symptom onset.

Will classes be sent home if there’s a positive COVID-19 test in the class?

No, that is no longer required, as close contacts to COVID-19 cases no longer are required to isolate as per Alberta Health guidelines.

Will Music Academy be continuing?

We will continue to offer Music Academy; Voice Academy will not be offered at this time.

Will Grades 4-5 be required to wear their gym strip under their uniforms?

They will no longer be required to wear their gym strip under their uniforms and will have designated lockers to use.