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Important Update Regarding COVID-19

Updated: Mar 13, 2020

As of 3:30 PM today, the Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health confirmed there are 19 cases of COVID-19 in Alberta. She also says the ‘risk to Albertans is still low’.

She further states, “Right now, I know many Albertans feel overwhelmed with the amount of information available in the news, online and in social media. I want to encourage all Albertans to access reliable information about what is happening, and do their part to stop the spread of rumours and inaccurate speculation.”

What we Have Done So Far as a School Division:

  • Increased the number of hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes in classrooms and common areas

  • Increased frequency of cleaning of high touch surfaces, such as water fountains, door handles, desks, and railings

  • Shared tips and preventative measures including good hygiene, social distancing and food sharing information on our social media sites and website

  • Shared communications on how to talk to children and students about COVID-19

  • On our website created a direct link to COVID-19 resources and the latest information.

  • Cancelled the school division international trip to Spain and France

  • Posted signs to encourage proper hygiene practices to prevent transmission of respiratory illness

  • Discouraged hand-shaking as part of sporting events

We know that the situation is very fluid and changing rapidly. As a school division, we try to provide accurate and timely information to all our stakeholders. As of today, both curricular and extracurricular activities are continuing as scheduled. We continue to take direction from our health professionals and schools will be promptly updated should things change.

If you have any concerns regarding symptoms or other health-related questions, call Health Link at 811.

Please see letter sent to all St. Paul Education employees regarding possible holiday travel during Spring Break.

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