March 12 UPDATE:
Lethbridge School Division schools remain open at this time. In terms of school closures, the Division relies on the advice of Alberta Health Services and Alberta Education. The division has enacted its pandemic plan and as a result, student travel outside the city will be restricted, as per the plan. The division is also following the advice of AHS to ensure no more than 250 individuals are in the same room at any given time. This will impact a range of school events throughout the division, until AHS advises otherwise.
To read a letter to Division parents, from Division Supt. Dr. Cheryl Gilmore, please click on the following link: Cheryl Gilmore Letter
The Division is able to approach the current 2019-nCoVid situation with some experience and a framework for action.
As has always been the case, Alberta Education works closely with Alberta Emergency Management, Alberta Heath and Alberta Health Services to guide province wide responses by school divisions in the event action is required.
The latest update from AHS, from March 12, can be found here: AHS UPDATE.
For a link to the March 12 video update from Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, please visit the following link: MARCH12UPDATE.
The Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association has also provided an update on the status of wresting provincials. For updated information, see this link: ASAA
The media has been keeping the world informed about the commonly referred to Corona Virus (2019-nCoVid) that was originally reported in late December and has now spread to other countries, including Canada.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
Ruling out immediate concern, but in the spirit of preparedness, Lethbridge School Division has commenced a review of procedures, impacts and essential services of our school division. Training, communication and safety practices are being reviewed this week in our Division as we continue to receive updates from Alberta Health Services.
In the event individuals are returning from travel abroad, Alberta Health Services has shared more general guidelines:
Travelers from identified countries of risk are being asked to monitor for symptoms for 14 days after returning
Travelers returning from Hubei Province in China are to self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms
Should any of these individuals experience symptoms of fever or cough or have concerns about their health, they are to call Health link 8-1-1.
The Government of Canada has released a Question and Answer document on 2019-nCoVid for your reference. They closely monitor travelers returning from travel to Canada and address issues as they present.
The document can be found here: QUESTIONSANDANSWERS
The latest information from the World Health Organization can be found here: WORLDHEALTHORGANIZATION
Lethbridge School Division will continue to keep families and staff informed as the Division moves forward, and as any further updates are received from Alberta Education and Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services.