Masks in Prairie Land
On September 3, 2021 the Government of Alberta announced temporary new measures to help reduce transmission and prevent the health-care system from being overwhelmed within the province as a result of COVID-19. With this announcement, masks have been mandated in all indoor public spaces and workplaces, with the exception of schools. This has created much discussion with education stakeholders throughout Alberta, as local School Boards have now been given the autonomy to identify masking requirements (that must be informed by local perspectives), within their schools.
The Board of Trustees of Prairie Land Public School Division called an emergent meeting for September 13, 2021 to discuss the issue regarding masking of students and staff in Prairie Land schools. The Board reflected on the following in an effort to assist their decision making process:
1. Safe and caring environments in all schools
2. Guidance from Chief Medical Officer of Health, Alberta Health,
and Alberta Education
3. State of the provincial health system
4. Prairie Land staff and parent survey data
After much deliberation and reflection, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted in favour of Prairie Land Public School Division continuing to follow the advice and guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, whereas student and staff mask use in all schools will continue to be voluntary. Although masks are not required in schools at this time, students will be supported if they decide to exercise their right to wear one. Individuals should consider their own risks and personal situation when making decisions on wearing a mask.
The Board of Trustees would like to thank staff and parents for their contribution to the masking survey administered by the division. For further information, please access the updated Prairie Land 2021-2022 School Year Plan.
For additional information please contact: Cam McKeage, Superintendent of Schools, Prairie Land Public School Division 403.854.4481.