COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

All updates concerning COVID-19 that are shared with our community will be posted on this page, with the newest update appearing first.

February 23, 2022

When we announced earlier this month that sports games and tournaments would resume, we indicated that students in grades 6 and under would resume competition on Feb. 22. We are pleased to share that we have not had to make any changes to those plans and all of our students can now compete in games and tournaments. Sporting events are also open to spectators.  All adult spectators will need to be masked until the mask mandate for adults is lifted. Schools will also need to comply with any capacity limits that are in place.

The government is expected to make an announcement on Saturday regarding Phase 2 of its plan to lift COVID restrictions. Once we have had time to review what is included in Phase 2, we will inform parents about what changes, if any, impact our schools.

February 10, 2022

As many of you are already aware, on Tuesday night the Government of Alberta announced changes to the public health measures that are currently in place and a plan to phase out restrictions over the next few weeks. 

Starting on Monday, February 14 students will no longer be required to wear masks at school or when riding the school bus. Students may continue to wear masks on the bus or at school if they choose to do so. The Government will continue to provide schools with medical-grade masks to distribute to students who need them. Please contact your child’s school if you would like to have masks sent home for your child to use.

Masks will continue to be mandatory for all adults in schools, including school staff, visitors and volunteers. This is expected to change on March 1 when the province enters Step 2 of its plan to phase out restrictions.

After consulting with other local school divisions yesterday, NLPS has also decided to open school sporting events (games and tournaments) to spectators effective immediately. All adult spectators will need to be masked until the mask mandate for adults is lifted. Schools will also need to comply with any capacity limits that are in place. We ask for your patience and cooperation as we work out the details of what this will mean for some of our schools. 

We are currently waiting for an updated guidance document from Alberta Education to see what other changes are being made to the requirements and recommendations for schools. We expect to receive that document by the end of this week. Until we have had an opportunity to review the new guidelines, our schools will continue to follow all of the other current protocols we have in place.

All students, staff and visitors to schools should continue to complete the Alberta Health Daily Checklist, follow the recommendations, and comply with any isolation requirements. There is a mandatory isolation period for anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 or who has the core symptoms associated with COVID. 

Thank you for your support and understanding as we await more information on what these new changes mean for our schools. We will do our best to communicate any additional changes as soon as we can so parents can make any decisions or adjustments necessary for their families.

March 22, 2022

The government has updated all of the guidance documents that are applicable to schools since most COVID restrictions were lifted on March 1. The new Guidance for K-12 schools and school buses outlines the restrictions and recommendations that remain for school divisions and schools.

Parents and guardians may also wish to review the following documents:

If you have specific questions about how these requirements and recommendations impact your child’s school, please contact school administration.