Information on the Return to Daily In-Person Learning for High School Classes on April 12th

Article Posted: Thursday, April 08, 2021

April 8, 2021


April 12th is just around the corner. This much-anticipated return to daily full-time, in-person learning for schools that are reverting from a blended-learning model is seen as an integral step in the provincial recovery plan. We are excited to have students back to class full-time and to have those essential face-to-face connections once again.

Please note, for schools in the Yellow phase, blended learning with “half the class” will end, effective April 12th. Teachers may choose to continue to post activities, assignments, etc. online through Teams, however the expectation is that students return to daily, in-person attendance. For schools currently in the Red phase, blending learning or online learning will remain in place.

Below we are including important information to help students and families understand the changes that will be in effect as of April 12th. This summary of information is specific to the Yellow phase and pertains to high school classes, students, and staff who are currently using a blended learning model. These directives are not applicable to those who are not in a blended learning model or the K-8 grades in a K-12 or 6-12 high school setting.

We currently have 2 schools, Saint Mary's Academy and John Caldwell School who are in the Red Alert phase. Blended or online learning will continue in these schools, masks are required at all times, extra-curricular, sports, singing and wind instruments are not permitted and active screening will remain in place.

Full details of the directives for the Yellow, Orange and Red Alert phases as of April 12th can be found here: High-schools-full-time.pdf ( 

Please take the time to read through this document fully. Below is a summary of the Yellow phase directives, which the majority of ASD-W schools will be following.

School Hours

No changes. School hours remain the same as they currently are.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

Students should bring their own devices to support their in-class learning. Teachers may continue to use the new platforms and tools so that in the event of school closure due to an outbreak, classes will be offered online for all students. 


Masks are to be worn at all times except when eating or while engaged in sports activities during physical education class.

Social Distancing

The 2-meter and 1-meter physical distancing requirements will not be mandatory for the applicable schools (switching from blended learning to full-time in-class learning). They are encouraged when space and operations allow. So, cafeterias can return to being operational, however, we encourage additional spaces for eating.


Alternative rooms will be made available to students to reduce the number of students in the cafeteria whenever possible.  For example, schools will encourage students to eat outside or in other rooms (empty classrooms) when possible.


Masks are to be worn at all times by all students while on the bus, and a seating plan will be followed. Minor changes have been made to school bus routes and schedules for students at some schools. For those families who are impacted by these changes, your school will send a website link for you to check the bus timing for drop-off and pick-up.

Seating Plans

Teachers will have a consistent seating plan for each class and drivers will have a seating plan for each of their bus runs.

Extra-curricular, Sports and Music

These are permitted while continuing to follow the school’s operational plan. Wind instruments and singing are permitted with additional distancing.

Medically Vulnerable Students

Students who are currently following a “home learning plan” due to a documented medical vulnerability will continue to follow the plan unless released from medical attention and allowed to attend school full-time. 


Graduations will be planned according to Yellow level directives, with a backup plan if we change to the Orange or Red Alert level. Proms, Safe Grad, and Grad Banquets remain as events that are too difficult to plan for under the current conditions and not plausible for this year.  If anything should change, we will let you know.

Positive Case Confirmed

If there is a positive case, the school will be closed to everyone for 3 days to allow for testing and cleaning. Students 16 years and over will be offered the chance to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

Thank you for sticking with us throughout this journey. We sincerely look forward to seeing everyone’s (masked) faces and getting back to a sense of regularity again.

David McTimoney,

Superintendent of Schools, Anglophone West School District