Health Guidelines FAQs

Do I need to take my child’s temperature every day before they come to school?

No, you do not need to take their temperature every day. However, please assess them daily for fever or any symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19 or other infectious respiratory disease. If they have any of these symptoms, complete the Alberta Health Questionnaire before sending the child to school. If the answer to any of the questions is “yes”, keep your child home from school and use the COVID-19 Self Assessment for Albertans to determine whether your child needs to be tested for COVID-19. If the assessment indicates that testing is required, please proceed. Even if the results are negative, AHS states that children should stay home until symptom-free.

What happens if my child develops COVID-19-type symptoms during the school day?

Your student will be taken to the applicable Elementary or Junior High office and asked to wear a non-medical mask (their own, or one provided by GCA) if they are able to. They will be isolated in a separate room or space that is 2 metres away from others. You will be contacted and asked to please come pick the student up immediately - you must pick-up within two hours. Then, please complete the COVID-19 Self Assessment for Albertans online, to determine if COVID-19 testing is required for your child. If the assessment indicates that testing is required, please proceed - and keep the child home until you receive the results. Even if the results are negative, AHS advises that students should stay at home until they are symptom-free. If the results are positive for COVID-19, the student is legally required to self-isolate until determined to not be infectious by public health. During the time away for testing or recovery, teachers will provide support by sharing homework with parents or students via email or PowerSchool; this will look similar to how it did in the past. If there are cases of COVID-19 identified at GCA, the Zone Medical Officer of Health will work directly with the school administration to determine the course of action. Alberta Health Services may request the school close in-person classes to allow a public health investigation to take place. The decision to send a class home or to close the school will be made by the local Medical Officer of Health. If this occurs, the school will support students and staff to learn or work at-home for the self-isolation period.

What if my child is sent home with symptoms, but the Self Assessment indicates testing is not required?

As with any illness, please keep your child home until symptoms have been resolved for 24 hours.

My job requires me to travel internationally. Does my child have to stay home for two weeks each time I travel?

As of March 25, Albertans are legally required under public health order to self-isolate for 14 days after returning from travel outside of Canada or from the date of close contact with someone who is confirmed as having COVID-19. You will be required to complete the COVID-19 Self Assessment for Albertans online, and you and family members in your household will be required to be tested for COVID-19. Your child(ren) will be allowed to return to school upon the result of a negative COVID-19 test.

How long does it take to receive test results?

This will depend on supply and demand of testing. The average result is a few days.

My child has a pre-existing condition with a symptom that is similar to those of COVID-19. Can they come to school?

If your student has a pre-existing condition, for example asthma or allergies, please have them tested at least once - please refer to Alberta Health Services Guidance. This will establish a baseline for your child. The student can attend school as long as their symptoms stay the same. If symptoms change - they worsen, there are additional symptoms, or somehow there is a change in the baseline - the student must stay home and be tested and cleared again. (Follow the same process as noted in question 2.) This process must be repeated each time symptoms change throughout the year. GCA will track typical symptoms that may be confused for COVID-19 for students as we usually do with other medical conditions (ie: allergies, illnesses requiring medication during school day, etc).

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