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Last Printed: 1/19/2022 10:00 AM
Posted: Jan 19 2022, 9:37 AM
  

January 14, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Due to the significant rise in Covid-19 cases in the province, Public Health will no longer be solely responsible for informing the school district of new cases, conducting contact tracing and providing notification letters for close contacts. As a result, there will be changes to how the public school system responds. Most importantly, schools and districts will no longer be sending notification messages home to families when a positive case is identified. However, even though we have had to make adjustments to our usual practise, we are committed to providing continuous communication to keep you safe and informed.

Starting Monday, January 17, if a student or staff member tests positive with a PCR test or POCT (rapid test), they are asked to notify their school principal immediately. The district will then post all notifications we receive to a new Covid-19 Dashboard available on the district website. The dashboard will identify the case exposure site (school or office) and date(s) of known exposure and will be updated Monday – Friday between 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

On this site, you will also find important information on:

  1. What to do if your school is identified as a Covid-19 exposure site (including Public Health general notification letters to refer to when there is a case at your school)
  2. How to report a positive Covid-19 test to your school principal
  3. When your child can come back to school after testing positive
  4. What to do if your child has new or worsening symptoms
  5. Covid-19 website links to GNB and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Again, the schools and district will no longer use School Messenger emails, phone messages, and text messages to notify families of new cases. If you would like to be informed of cases that get reported to schools, please use our website for notifications. We encourage you to check it daily, each evening.

Please be advised that at this time, learning from home will continue until January 28, except for students who have been invited to learn in person. These students should continue to come to school daily. Please also note, now that we are in Level 3, all extracurricular activities are cancelled.

We ask that you continue to make yourself aware of and follow all Public Health directives.

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation as we adapt to the continuous changes we face in this pandemic.

Sincerely,

David McTimoney, Superintendent, ASD-W​

Last Printed: 1/14/2022 7:00 PM
Posted: Jan 14 2022, 6:14 PM
  

January 7, 2022

Dear ASD-W Families,


Last week the Province announced that there will be no classes on Monday, January 10 and that students will move to at-home learning from Tuesday, January 11, until at least Friday, January 21. Depending on the status of Covid-19 in the province, at-home learning may be extended beyond that date. The situation will be re-evaluated during the week of January 17.

At-Home Learning

Our staff are working very hard to prepare meaningful learning opportunities for your children as we make this move back to learning from home. Please watch for information on learning plans and expectations from your child's school or teacher. Some students with exceptional needs will be permitted to attend school in person during this time. Schools will reach out directly to families of these students with more information.

Grades K-5: Learning packages will be distributed starting Monday. More information will come from your child's school. Learning packages will provide meaningful work to support the continuation of classroom learning and specific learning outcomes. Resources will be primarily paper-based. However, some online opportunities may be offered. We understand the challenges with child-care faced by families and that the ability to connect online will vary amongst students.

Grades 6-12: Schools will provide an opportunity for students to pick up books and learning materials starting Monday. More information will come from your child's school. Learning will be primarily online through Microsoft TEAMS, with additional meaningful learning provided through independent homework, projects, readings, virtual group work, etc.

Middle schools will provide loaner devices wherever possible. However, devices are limited. For middle school students where online learning does not occur, other options for learning will be made available.

Teachers will be continuing classroom concepts and specific learning outcomes. Assessment will continue, and attendance will be taken. Students are required to engage in learning and keep up with new materials and assignments that are introduced during this time. If this is a struggle, please communicate with your teacher.

Public Health Updates

The Province has moved schools to at-home learning due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. As such, Public Health has made fundamental shifts in its approach to testing, isolation, and contact tracing. You can find the most updated Covid-19 news and guidelines here.

Communicating a case

It is now up to the family of the student who tests positive to notify close contacts, including the school. A general notification for new positive cases in our district will be shared with our school community daily or as needed. More details on how this will occur will be communicated next week.


Isolating

Students who test positive will still be expected to isolate, along with their close household contacts. However, the isolation period has been shortened to 5 or 10 days, depending on vaccination status. Students identified as close community contacts (or non-household contacts) are expected to monitor for symptoms. They are not required to isolate or complete daily rapid testing to attend school. Full details on isolating can be found here.


Testing

If one or more symptom develops, students are expected to stay home and register online for a rapid test (POCT) or a PCR test depending on their individual risk factors. Those who qualify for rapid POCT will be provided with a date, time, and location to obtain their test kits. Only people registered for a rapid POCT kit will be provided with tests. Schools will no longer be receiving rapid tests kits from the Province for distribution. Full details on how to get tested can be found here.


We know these are challenging times, and we thank you for your understanding as we work to respond to the changing pandemic. We look forward to welcoming all children back into our schools when it is safe in our province to do so.


Sincerely,


David McTimoney, Superintendent, ASD-W

 

 

 

 

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Last Printed: 1/7/2022 5:00 PM
Posted: Jan 07 2022, 4:48 PM
  

​Wishing all our families a safe and happy holiday break!

Last Printed: 12/21/2021 9:00 PM
Posted: Jan 07 2022, 4:43 PM
  

​Good afternoon Families of ASD-W,

With the continued rapid spread of Omicron COVID-19 cases across the province, there has been a need to adjust plans for the return to school following the holidays, as announced by the province earlier today.  This shift is made with the hopes of minimizing the risk of transmission of the virus and protecting our communities & the health care system in our province.

Specific to the education system, please note the following:

  • Students will return to a distance learning scenario on Tuesday, January 11.  This will remain in place until at least Friday, January 21.  This decision will be re-evaluated during the week of January 17.
  • Some students who are deemed to be vulnerable or at risk or have exceptional learning needs will be invited to attend school in person.  These details will be finalized as we approach a return from the holidays.
  • The interim measures for extra-curricular sports and activities remain in place.  There are no extra-curricular activities for those aged 12 and under and there are only “skills and drills” and single team/group practice for those over the age of 12 and fully vaccinated.

Specific to the school system, we expect to learn more about positive case communications and rapid testing expectations as the holidays draw to a close.  You are encouraged to save at least two rapid tests for the days that precede a return to school in person.  We will communicate with you again as will your school administration/teachers.

I offer my wishes for a wonderful New Year’s Eve and a safe & healthy 2022!

Sincerely,

David McTimoney, Superintendent

Last Printed: 1/1/2022 1:00 PM
Posted: Jan 01 2022, 12:33 PM
  

Due to the impending storm and road conditions that have started to worsen, schools in ASD-W will close at 12:00 noon today

Last Printed: 12/22/2021 11:00 AM
Posted: Dec 22 2021, 10:56 AM
  

December 21, 2021​

Good Evening Parents and Guardians of George Street Middle School and Fredericton High School,

Today we were informed of a positive Covid-19 case at both schools.

Students are required to do the following:

  • George Street Middle School – All students, even though they are not attending school, are required to continue rapid testing daily and follow their previous letter from Public Health. If your child produces a positive test or one symptom arises, please book a PCR test immediately.
  • Fredericton High School – Anyone identified as a close contact will receive a letter from Public Health with specific instructions on rapid testing. Your school administrator has sent this letter or will be sending it shortly. Close contacts should begin rapid testing immediately, and if negative tests are produced tonight and tomorrow morning before school, please attend school. If your child produces a positive test or one symptom arises, please book a PCR test immediately. Those who do not receive a letter from Public Health should plan to attend school tomorrow as usual.

Thank you for your continued support as we respond to the pandemic.

Sincerely,

Jay Colpitts, Director of Schools for Covid-19 Response

Last Printed: 12/21/2021 9:00 PM
Posted: Dec 21 2021, 8:09 PM
  

December 21, 2021

Good morning Hartland Community School Families,

Yesterday, we sent a message notifying you of a new Covid-19 case at Hartland Community School. Please be advised that we are making a correction to the direction we gave regarding the action required by the students.

The action for students of HCS is as follows:

  • K-8 students who are rapid testing are required to continue testing per their previous letter from Public Health.
  • Unvaccinated 9-12 students are required to do rapid test daily. If they produce a negative test and have no symptoms, they should come to school until their Holiday Break begins.
  • Testing over the holidays for all students is advised to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

Thank you,

Jay Colpitts,

Director of Schools for Covid-19 Response, ASD-W​

Last Printed: 12/21/2021 12:00 PM
Posted: Dec 21 2021, 11:54 AM
  

December 20, 2021​

Good Evening Parents and Guardians,

This message is written to the families of students from the following schools:

  • Assiniboine Avenue Elementary School
  • Chipman Forest Avenue School
  • Gibson-Neill Memorial Elementary School
  • Hartland Community School
  • Harvey Elementary School
  • Nashwaaksis Middle School
  • Priestman Street School
  • Townsview School

From their work today, Public Health has confirmed one or more cases of Covid-19 among individuals from these schools. Therefore, action for students of each of the schools is as follows:

  • Assiniboine Avenue Elementary School - All students, even though they are not attending school at this time, are required to continue rapid testing daily and monitor for symptoms. If one symptom arises, please book a PCR test.
  • Chipman Forest Avenue School –  Students remain in distance learning. Any students currently rapid testing should follow their previous letter from Public Health. Any new students identified as close contacts will receive a Public Health letter from the school principal, requiring them to begin rapid testing immediately. If students produce a positive test or one symptom arises, please book a PCR test immediately.
  • Gibson-Neill Memorial Elementary School - All students, even though they are not attending school at this time, are required to continue rapid testing daily and monitor for symptoms. If one symptom arises, please book a PCR test.
  • Hartland Community School – All students, even those already on Holiday Break, are required to continue with rapid testing as per their previous letter from Public Health. All 7-12 students who produce a negative test and have no symptoms should plan to come to school until their Holiday Break begins. If students produce a positive test or one symptom arises, please book a PCR test.
  • Harvey Elementary SchoolAll students, even though they are not attending school at this time, are required to complete rapid testing daily and monitor for symptoms. If one symptom arises, please book a PCR test.
  • Nashwaaksis Middle School – All students, whether on Holiday Break or are distance learning, must continue rapid testing daily and monitor for symptoms. If one symptom arises, please book a PCR test.
  • Priestman Street School - All students, even though they are not attending school at this time, are required to continue rapid testing daily and monitor for symptoms. If one symptom arises, please book a PCR test.
  • Townsview School – All students, even those already on Holiday Break, are required to begin rapid testing per the Public Health letter sent by your principal. All 7-8 students who produce a negative test tonight and before school tomorrow morning should plan to attend school for their last day before the Holiday Break. If students produce a positive test or one symptom arises, please stay home and book a PCR test.

Thank you for your continued support as we respond to the pandemic.

Sincerely,

Jay Colpitts, Director of Schools for Covid-19 Response


Last Printed: 12/20/2021 8:00 PM
Posted: Dec 20 2021, 7:59 PM
  

December 20, 2021​

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians of Nashwaak Valley School,

Today, Public Health informed us of a positive Covid-19 case at the school.

Even though students are not attending school at this time, daily rapid testing is required as per Public Health guidelines.

Your school principal has sent a letter from Public Health with detailed instructions on rapid testing.

Please note, if one symptom appears or a rapid test shows positive, book a test online by clicking “Get tested” on the GNB coronavirus website.

Thank you for your continued support as we respond to the pandemic.

Sincerely,

Jay Colpitts, Director of Schools for Covid-19 Response

Last Printed: 12/20/2021 3:00 PM
Posted: Dec 20 2021, 2:50 PM
  
Last Printed: 12/15/2021 4:00 PM
Posted: Dec 20 2021, 11:27 AM
  

December 19, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians of Fredericton High School and Leo Hayes High School,

Late this evening we were informed of new Covid-19 cases at both schools. We are working with Public Health officials to identify any students and school personnel who may have been in contact with the cases.

Anyone identified as a close contact will receive a letter from Public Health with specific instructions on what to do next. Your school principals will send these letters out tomorrow.

All students at both schools should plan to participate in distance learning following their regular schedules online tomorrow, December 20.

While there will be no in-person classes for the day, schools will be open tomorrow for families to pick up their rapid-test kits. Please watch for the important message from your school principal with instructions on pick-up times for the kits.

If your child is showing any symptoms of Covid-19, you should:

  • Book a test online by clicking “Get tested” on the GNB coronavirus website (www.gnb.ca/coronavirus). OR,
  • Contact Tele-Care 811. The 811 operators will evaluate your child before sending them for testing.

If you have health-related questions, please write to COVID-19NB@gnb.ca.

Thank you for your continued support as we respond to the pandemic.

Sincerely,

David McTimoney, Superintendent  ​

Last Printed: 12/19/2021 11:00 PM
Posted: Dec 19 2021, 10:22 PM
  

Good Evening Families,

This message is written to the families of students from the following schools:

  • Chipman Elementary School
  • Donald Fraser Elementary School
  • George Street Middle School
  • Gibson Neill Memorial Elementary School
  • Meduxnekeag Consolidated School
  • Minto Memorial High School
  • Montgomery Street Elementary School
  • Nackawic Elementary School
  • Nashwaaksis Middle School
  • Priestman Street Elementary School
  • Saint Mary’s Academy

From their work today, Public Health has confirmed one or more cases of COVID diagnosed among individuals from these schools.  Action for students of each of the schools is as follows:

  • Chipman Elementary School - no school for students, please continue rapid testing and register for a PCR test if positive or one symptom arises
  • Donald Fraser Elementary School - no school for students, please start rapid testing and register for a PCR test if positive or one symptom arises
  • George Street Middle School - no school for Grade 6 students, please continue rapid testing and register for a PCR test if positive or one symptom arises; Grades 7 and 8 can report to school on Monday if they continue to test negative and no symptoms are present, please continue rapid testing and register for a PCR test if positive or one symptom arises
  • Gibson Neill Memorial Elementary School - no school for students, please continue rapid testing and register for a PCR test if positive or one symptom arises
  • Meduxnekeag Consolidated School - no school for Grades K to 6 students, please continue rapid testing and register for a PCR test if positive or one symptom arises; Grades 7 and 8 will continue with distance learning, please continue rapid testing and register for a PCR test if positive or one symptom arises
  • Minto Memorial High School - please follow the instructions of the letter that will be sent by the school principal; school will continue for those who are vaccinated or have tested negative with a rapid test up to and including Monday morning
  • Montgomery Street Elementary School - no school for students, please continue rapid testing and register for a PCR test if positive or one symptom arises
  • Nackawic Elementary School - no school for students, please continue rapid testing and register for a PCR test if positive or one symptom arises
  • Nashwaaksis Middle School - no school for Grade 6 students, please continue rapid testing and register for a PCR test if positive or one symptom arises; Grades 7 and 8 will continue with distance learning, please continue rapid testing and register for a PCR test if positive or one symptom arises
  • Priestman Street Elementary School - no school for students, please continue rapid testing and register for a PCR test if positive or one symptom arises
  • Saint Mary’s Academy - no school for Grades K to 6 students, please continue rapid testing and register for a PCR test if positive or one symptom arises; Grades 7 to 12 will continue with distance learning, please continue rapid testing and register for a PCR test if positive or one symptom arises; vaccinated students of Grades 9 to 12 are not required to do the rapid testing

In all cases, if you do not receive a revised Public Health letter from your principal, please continue following the instructions of the latest letter you have received.

Thank you,

David McTimoney, Superintendent

Last Printed: 12/19/2021 4:00 PM
Posted: Dec 19 2021, 3:58 PM
  

December 17, 2021​

Good Evening Families of Nashwaaksis Middle School and St. Mary's Academy,

This message is to advise you that Public Health has reported additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 from your school communities.  The previous Public Health letter still applies.  Students are asked to continue with their daily rapid tests, with the exception of those in Grades 9 to 12 (SMA) who are vaccinated.  Distance learning will continue for both of your schools until the holiday season begins.

Please be reminded that students in Grades K to 6 have now finished classes for the holiday season.  Students in Grades 7 and 8 are scheduled to finish for the holiday season at the end of the day on Tuesday, December 21.  Students in Grades 9 to 12 are scheduled to finish for the holiday season at lunch on Thursday, December 23.

Please remember that if one COVID symptom appears, you must self-isolate and book a PCR test.

Have a good weekend.

David McTimoney, Superintendent

Last Printed: 12/18/2021 6:00 PM
Posted: Dec 18 2021, 5:22 PM
  

December 17, 2021​

Good Evening Families of George Street Middle School and Hartland Community School,

This message is to advise you that Public Health has reported additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 from your school communities.  The previous Public Health letter still applies.  Students are asked to continue with their daily rapid tests, with the exception of those in Grades 9 to 12 (Hartland) who are vaccinated.  Those who continue testing negative, including the morning of Monday, December 20, and show no symptoms of COVID may report to regular classes on Monday.

Please be reminded that students in Grades K to 6 have now finished classes for the holiday season.  Students in Grades 7 and 8 are scheduled to finish for the holiday season at the end of the day on Tuesday, December 21.  Students in Grades 9 to 12 are scheduled to finish for the holiday season at lunch on Thursday, December 23.

Please remember that if one COVID symptom appears, you must self-isolate and book a PCR test.

Have a good weekend.

David McTimoney, Superintendent

Last Printed: 12/18/2021 6:00 PM
Posted: Dec 18 2021, 5:22 PM
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