COVID 19 Division Information
School are Locked but Remain “Open & Functional”
Schools & Offices, by Order are Locked. Schools remain functional but access by Parents & Contractors/ Delivery Companies is by Appointment only. Individuals will need to call the school for pick up of locker materials & pickup drop off of assignments/ student work. Socialization cannot occur for the safety of employees and the general public.
Information for Parents, Staff & the General Public
To ensure the continued health and safety of our staff, Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools is taking the following preventative measures:
- Custodian schedules are revised to provide for more intensive cleaning during the day.
- Our custodians have adopted enhanced cleaning and sanitizing practices at all schools and sites in the Division.
- Custodians are regularly sanitizing all high-touch areas in our schools to help prevent the spread of germs.
- Custodians will wipe down/sanitize door hardware, handrails, drinking fountains, telephones in common areas and other high-touch areas as they move throughout their schools.
How to Protect Myself and My Children?
To help protect against all respiratory illnesses, including the flu and coronavirus, we encourage you to practice and share these tips with your family:
- Use good hygiene practices such as frequent hand washing with soap and water;
- Use hand sanitizer that is 60% alcohol-based if soap and water are not available;
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Immediately dispose of the tissue;
- Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill;
- Shelter in place. Do not visit others except to purchase necessary supplies or attend important appointments.
- Contact 811 Health Link if you have questions or concerns about your health.
How Can I Get Help?
Alberta Health Services – Text4Hope
As the website states, “An Alberta-based innovation, Text4Hope is an evidence-based tool that helps people identify and adjust the negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours a pandemic might be expected to provoke. Through a set of daily messages, people receive advice and encouragement, helpful in developing healthy personal coping skills and resiliency. Community members simply subscribe to receive ongoing supportive content. There is no cost.
2-1-1 Alberta Services - Where can I get emotional support if I feel overwhelmed?
https://www.ab.211.ca/211-alberta-services-blog/covid-19/ Scroll to the bottom of the page to find information for various distress and crisis lines available in different jurisdictions around the province.
COVID-19 Federal & Provincial Government Supports
Both the Federal Government and the Alberta Government have announced a number of supports to provide financial assistance to employers and employees during this unprecedented world event. This document https://tinyurl.com/waaauv3 summarized by Wilde & Company Chartered Professional Accountants lists the available programs for Canadians as of March 23, 2020.
Yesterday, the Federal Government introduced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to help workers and businesses, which is a simpler and more accessible combination of the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit. More information https://tinyurl.com/sw2bn4q