Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!
Posted on 08/24/2021
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Welcome Back Prairie View Outreach Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s):

We are excited to welcome everyone, new and returning, to the 2021-2022 school year.  As a division and a school, we have been working to ensure a safe and healthy start to the school year.  This includes updates to our Re-Entry Handbook, policies and procedures to ensure a safe and caring environment for your children to return to.  As you know, the response to COVID-19 must be flexible to meet the current needs of the community and school. We would like to provide you with some important information for the start of the school year.

Re-Entry Handbook: High Prairie School Division has updated their Re-Entry Handbook which can be found on the High Prairie School Division website or through this link https://hpsd.ca/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=24210081

Staggered Start:
High Prairie Schools will be implementing a staggered start 

High Prairie Elementary

Prairie River Junior High

E.W. Pratt


Monday August 30 - Grades 1, 3, 5

Tuesday August 31 - Grades 2, 4, 6

Wednesday September 1 - All Grades*

Monday August 30 - Grade 7 and all new students

Tuesday August 31 - All Grades

Monday August 30 - Grade 10 and new students - tentative

Tuesday August 31 - Return of all students 

Monday August 30

School begins for all PVO students

*Kindergarten students will be contacted by the teacher to schedule an orientation

Daily Health Checks: 

Students and school staff must review the Alberta Health Daily Checklist each day before going to a school building. The Questionnaire can be found on the Alberta Government website or through this link  

  Masking: At this time the government has mandated mask use for all students riding the bus.  Mask use inside HPSD school buildings remains optional at this time.  Please be advised that High Prairie Bylaw No. 04-2021 (Mandatory Face Coverings) is currently in effect.  This bylaw excludes school buildings but students may require face coverings in town.

Illness: Students will be sent home from school if they present with any COVID-19 symptom. . Children are required to isolate for at least 10 days if they have any of the core symptoms. The mandatory isolation period is 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer. If your child has 1 of the secondary symptoms, they are to be kept home for 24 hours and their symptom monitored. If the symptom does not improve or worsens after 24 hours (or if additional symptoms emerge), use the AHS Online Assessment Tool or call Health Link 811 to check if testing is recommended. If your child has 2 or more of the secondary symptoms, you must keep your child home and Use the AHS Online Assessment Tool or call Health Link 811 to determine if testing is recommended. Your child can return to school and activities once their symptoms go away as long as it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started. This is per the Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist (For Children Under 18).

Core Symptoms

Secondary Symptoms 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  •  Shortness of breath
  •  Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Chills
  • Sore throat/painful swallowing
  • Runny nose/congestion
  •  Feeling unwell/fatigued
  •  Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea
  •  Unexplained loss of appetite  
  •  Muscle or joint aches
  •  Headache
  •  Conjunctivitis - commonly known as pink eye

Please keep your child home from school until all symptoms have resolved.

School Access: At this time, parents and community members will not be able to enter the school without an appointment. 
Extra-Curricular Activities: School related extracurricular activities will be permitted.  At this time the schools will not be open for community based activities.
Provincial Achievement Tests and Diplomas: These tests will be administered this year (PATs in June, Diploma Exams November, January, April and June)

In-Person Instruction:  HPSD feels the best option for student learning is with in-person classes.  The last day to register with an HPSD school is Thursday September 30, 2021; late registrations will not be accepted.

As we know, the world is ever changing right now, the above noted procedures and policies are subject to change if/when provincial mandates are adjusted.  We will continue to provide parents and guardians with updated information as it is available.  We look forward to cultivating a strong partnership with you throughout the year to ensure the best learning environment for your child.  We are excited to see your child next week!


Jamie Babcock

Principal, Prairie View Outreach

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