Handbook Introduction

Purpose of Handbook

GCA is committed to the health and safety of its students, staff and community during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Alberta Education has outlined three scenarios for school re-entry in the Fall, including:

  • Scenario 1 – In-school classes resume, near-normal operations with health measures

  • Scenario 2 – In-school classes partially resume with additional health measures

  • Scenario 3 – At home learning continues, in-school classes are cancelled

This handbook has been developed to support the safe re-entry to school for the 2020/2021 school year, under Scenario 1, near normal operations, as defined by Alberta Education and Alberta Health Services. 

Audience

This handbook is intended to communicate key re-entry principles to GCA’s parents, GCA’s staff, GCA’s board of directors, Alberta Education and Alberta Health Services.

Timeline of Handbook

This handbook has been created during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The handbook will be applicable beginning August 31, 2020, and will remain active for the 2020-2021 school year, or until administration announces that it is no longer active. 

 

Where this handbook conflicts with another GCA policy or procedure, this handbook will take precedence.  This handbook may change with time, dependent on the latest government guidance.

 

Guiding Principles of Handbook

This handbook was prepared in accordance with the following key principles:

  • Student and staff safety are a key priority.

  • Student learning and interaction with peers during the pandemic is essential.

  • Risks of COVID-19 spread should be minimized whenever possible.

  • GCA staff, parents and students are all partners in keeping our community safe – we are in this together.

Handbook Structure

This handbook will outline measures as follows:

  • Health Guidelines – new expectations for parents and students

  • School Operations – changes to school operations to manage risk

  • Educational Program Changes – changes to educational planning to manage risk

  • Facilities Cleaning and Personal Protective Equipment – strategies to keep our facility and community safe during the pandemic

  • Visitor Guidelines –expectations of visitors to the school

  • Staff Guidelines – how our staff will be staying safe and encouraging our students to stay safe

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