March 4, 2022
Dear ASD-W Families,
Last week the province
announced that all remaining COVID-19
measures would be lifted on Monday, March 14, with some exceptions in
vulnerable areas. This means that there will be some significant changes for
1. Masks will no longer be required, at any time,
in our schools or buses.
2. Effective immediately, proof of vaccination will
no longer be required for students to participate in extracurricular and sports
activities. Students wishing to join clubs, committees, and other
activities may do so regardless of immunization status. Also, spectators
are now permitted to attend all applicable extracurricular activities without
proof of vaccination. Please note: sports teams currently in
mid-season will continue to follow the vaccination protocol, and no new
unvaccinated players will be permitted to join at this time.
3. At this time, proof of vaccination will remain a
requirement for all public servants (including those in education) as well as
volunteers in our schools.
4. After today, March 4, families will no longer
need to inform the school if their child tests positive for COVID-19, and we
will no longer be updating the COVID-19 Dashboard. However, as with missed time
for any reason, families will still be responsible for informing the school of
their child’s absences.
5. Isolation rules are no longer in place. As
always, if your child is feeling unwell and displaying illness, cold, or
flu-like symptoms, you are advised to keep them home until they are feeling
It is important to note
that while students and staff will no longer be required to wear a mask in
school, some will still choose to do so. This will be a personal choice. We
understand that our families will have different perspectives on COVID-19
safety measures. While some families are relieved to see the protocols ending,
there are families, students, and staff who will experience anxiety as
restrictions and safety measures are lessened. Everyone has experienced this
pandemic differently, and we ask that everyone be treated with respect and
While formal safety
measures will be lifted, it is important to encourage your children to continue
frequent hand washing/sanitizing, proper cough/sneeze etiquette, and monitoring
for symptoms of illness. If your child or any of our staff is more comfortable
wearing a mask, they are welcome to do so. Hand sanitizer will continue
to be available in schools.
We are again permitted
to hold extracurricular events such as dances and end-of-year activities. There
is much planning and organizing in the lead-up to these events, and schools
will have to assess what is feasible and what resources they have available.
Schools will be in touch with their families in the coming months with plans
for the end of school year activities.
We understand that each
family’s readiness and comfort level may be a little different at this time.
However, we hope that our students will feel optimistic upon returning to
school after the March Break. We thank staff, students, and families for
their cooperation during this time of the global pandemic.
I wish everyone a safe
and restful week!