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Last Printed: 2/10/2021 3:00 PM
Posted: Mar 11 2022, 9:01 AM
  

For the most up-to-date guidelines on Healthy and Safe Schools 2021-22, please click here:

2021-22-guidelines.pdf (gnb.ca)​

Last Printed: 8/20/2021 5:00 PM
Posted: Mar 11 2022, 9:01 AM
  

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 our schools:

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 better.

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 kindness.

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!

Sincerely,

David McTimoney, Superintendent, ASD-W​

Last Printed: 3/4/2022 3:00 PM
Posted: Mar 04 2022, 2:07 PM
  
Last Printed: 1/19/2022 10:00 AM
Posted: Feb 28 2022, 3:54 PM
  
Last Printed: 1/25/2022 12:00 PM
Posted: Feb 28 2022, 3:53 PM
  

February 22, 2022

Dear ASD-W Families,

The province of New Brunswick has moved to Level 1 of the Winter Plan. As a result, updates to the Healthy and Safe School Guidelines are now available online and are outlined below for your convenience.

SYMPTOMS

Under the Level 1 Winter Plan, Public Health has updated the guidelines on what to do if you have symptoms.

Students and staff with one of the following symptoms should isolate and get tested for Covid-19:

  • fever
  • loss of sense of taste
  • loss of sense of smell

Students and staff with two or more of the following symptoms should isolate and get tested for Covid-19:

  • a new cough or worsening chronic cough
  • difficulty breathing; runny nose
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • diarrhea
  • new onset of fatigue
  • purple markings on fingers or toes of children

ISOLATION

  • Unvaccinated students who test positive will be required to isolate for ten days before returning to school or five days for fully vaccinated staff and students.
  • Students and staff members are also required to isolate if a household member tests positive.
  • Staff and students are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their second dose of vaccine.
  • If a student or staff member tests positive for Covid-19 while they are isolating, their isolation period will start over. The isolation period of other household members is not extended unless they also test positive for Covid-19.
  • Fully vaccinated students who test positive must wait five days following their isolation before participating in any extracurricular or intramural activities.

Under level 1 in the Winter Plan, masking requirements have not changed. We encourage all students to bring at least two well-fitted, three-layer masks to school each day as per Public Health guidance.

IMPORTANT LINKS

For more information about vaccines, testing, and isolation, please refer to these GNB websites:

I’d like to thank you, our staff, and our students for your continued patience as we work through this changing pandemic. The move to Level 1 is a positive step towards lessening restrictions, and we are pleased to once again have the opportunity for activities such as field trips, dances, and in-person assemblies.

Sincerely,

David McTimoney, Superintendent

 

Last Printed: 2/22/2022 5:00 PM
Posted: Feb 22 2022, 4:05 PM
  

February 10, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians of Connaught Street Elementary School, Priestman Street Elementary School, Montgomery Street Elementary School and George Street Middle School,

As you may be aware, there is a planned demonstration in the Fredericton downtown core and surrounding the legislative buildings starting tomorrow, Friday, February 11. The protest aims to impact traffic and can also impact schools and school bus routes. With the possibility of disruption, and to keep things simple for families, nearby schools - Connaught Street Elementary School, Priestman Street Elementary School, Montgomery Street Elementary School and George Street Middle School - will be closed tomorrow and there will be no expectation for student learning.

We will continue to monitor the situation over the weekend and communicate with families if there are any additional impacts.

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Sincerely,

David McTimoney, Superintendent, ASD-W​

Last Printed: 2/10/2022 1:00 PM
Posted: Feb 10 2022, 12:16 PM
  

Friday, January 27, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians of Anglophone West School District

Starting today at 11:59 p.m, the province will return to Level 2 of the pandemic recovery plan. This means, on Monday, January 31, schools across New Brunswick will welcome students in grades Kindergarten to 8 back into classrooms for in-person learning. Please note that the last day for Semester 1 in the high school setting is today, January 28.  As per the annual school calendar, there are two “Turn-Around Days” that take place on January 31 and February 1 which allow for high school staff to effectively end Semester 1 and prepare for Semester 2.  The first day of classes for students in Grades 9 to 12 is Wednesday, February 2.

With the provincial move to Level 2, the district will follow the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s Level 2 guidelines in the Healthy and Safe Schools Winter Plan (K-8) and the Healthy and Safe Schools Winter Plan (9-12). By following this plan and being extra vigilant with mask-wearing, social distancing, hand-washing and self-monitoring, we are making our schools as safe as they can be.

However, the continual rapid spread of the Omicron virus is still a concern, and it is anticipated that cases will rise over the coming weeks. If required, the district has a contingency plan to fill teacher and staff absences to minimize disruptions to student learning. A cancellation of classes or move to “learning at home” will be made for classes or schools only as a last resort if we are unable to safely operate or if Public Health advises us of the necessity to do so. We ask that parents continue to notify their school if their child tests positive for Covid-19. In addition, we will provide daily updates on our Covid-19 Dashboard, as we’ve been doing for the past two weeks.  The information on this dashboard may change as adjustments are made with provincial reporting expectations. 

As a reminder, in Level 2 of the Healthy and Safe Schools Winter Plan, masks are required in classes and common spaces and may be necessary outside if physical distancing between class groupings is not possible.

If your child develops a new or worsening symptom, please keep them home and register for a test. For the most up-to-date Covid-19 information, please visit the provincial Living With Covid-19 website. If you have questions specific to your school, please contact your school directly. Questions regarding the current Covid-19 Winter Plan Guidelines can be directed to education.covid@gnb.ca.

We look forward to welcoming our students back to our schools on Monday (K-8) and Wednesday (9-12).

Sincerely,

David McTimoney, Superintendent, ASD-W​

Last Printed: 1/28/2022 8:00 PM
Posted: Jan 28 2022, 7:54 PM
  
Last Printed: 1/25/2022 12:00 PM
Posted: Jan 25 2022, 11:29 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
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