January 05, 2021
Dear ASD-S Families,
With the increase in confirmed COVID-19
cases in New Brunswick, the province is moving to the Orange phase of recovery
as of tonight, midnight January 5. We understand that this move to Orange may raise
questions and concerns for some families.
Our move to the Orange phase requires
enhanced safety measures for our staff and students and our
schools’ Operational Plans outline very specific ways they are working to
prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the schools. Operational Plans can be found
on each school’s website. The Department of Education
and Early Childhood Development has created this
document, with Public Health, outlining the updated safety protocols,
which include increased mask use at all grade levels and limiting of certain
activities. Extra-curricular music activities, such as choir, band, and field
trips, are not permitted at this time. Please take the time to review this
document for full details.
As a reminder, during the Orange phase, students
from K-12 are required to wear a mask on the bus. Students K-8 must wear masks
at all times in school unless eating, sitting quietly at their desk or during
physical education class. Students in grades 9-12 must wear a mask at all times
in school except when eating or during physical education class. This includes
outside, for all grades.
We ask all families to continue reminding
students about the importance of hand washing/sanitizing; practicing good
cough/sneeze etiquette; physical distancing; bringing 2 clean face masks each
day; and monitoring for symptoms. If you have symptoms, you can visit this
site to do a self-assessment and book a COVID-19 test.
Thank you for your understanding as we work
together to follow the safety guidelines provided to us by Public Health and
EECD. We understand that some families and students may feel anxious to return
to school during the Orange phase. Please know that our staff and
students have been doing an exceptional job adhering to safety procedures and
we thank them, as well as you for your support, in maintaining protective
measures in our schools and on our buses.
We will continue to provide you updates as the
situation in our province evolves.