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Daily COVID-19 Screening Checklist update

The Alberta government has updated the daily COVID-19 symptoms checklist for children under the age of 18, as well as individuals who are 18 or over and a student attending high school. The government has also updated the student illness – if a student has symptoms information to reflect these changes.
 
The symptoms of runny nose and sore throat have been removed from the “core” symptoms list. Though students are not to attend school while they have a runny nose or sore throat, they are no longer required to isolate for 10 days if this is the only symptom.
 
The core symptoms for students that now require isolation for 10 days are one (or more) of the following:
·        Cough
·        Fever
·        Loss of taste or smell
·        Shortness of breath
 
If a student has one of the following other symptoms, they can return to school when the symptom is gone, as long as it has been at least 24 hours:
·        Chills (without fever);
·        Sore throat or painful swallowing;
·        Runny nose or congestion;
·        Feeling unwell or fatigued;
·        Lack of energy;
·        Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea;
·        Unexplained loss of appetite;
·        Muscle or joint aches;
·        Headache;
·        Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
 
If the symptom from the list above does not improve in 24 hours or if another symptom develops, parents should continue to keep their child home until the symptom(s) go away.
 
If a child has a core symptom, or two or more symptoms from either list, a COVID-19 test is recommended.
 
As of November 2nd, New Heights has updated our COVID-19 daily screening tool and Re-Entry Plan to reflect these clarifications for students.
Translated versions of the new Alberta Health daily checklist for children under 18, as well as updates to other materials to reflect this change, are posted at alberta.ca/returntoschool. 

Laura and the Employment Program
New Heights has an Employment Program that is available to our High School students. Laura Hollohan is our Employment Coordinator, and she, along with our Job Coach, work alongside the participating high school students as they seek, interview, land, and maintain part time jobs after school, on the weekends, and through the summer season.
 
This program is extra curricular and an opportunity based on student interest, motivation, and readiness. Students participate in the following areas: Employment Preparation, Job Search, Job Placement, and Job Maintenance.
 
For more information about our Employment Program, contact Laura at laura.hollohan@newheightscalgary.com or visit  Employment Program
Way to Go!
Each month at our (virtual) assembly, there is a Way to Go! draw. To be entered, students have to be “caught” going above and beyond for others.
 
Some examples of this might be: helping out another student to solve a problem, holding the door for others on the way outside, or letting someone else have a turn on a favorite game.
 
Teachers fill out a ticket for the students to drop off in the jar in the office, and each month, Mr Williams and Mrs Newfield pull a ticket from the jar during the assembly. At the end of the year, all the tickets are put back in the jar for a final mega-draw at the end of June.
 
 The winner of the Way to Go! draw in October was Gavin from Copper Mountain.
A Back to School message from the School Immunization Program

Welcome back to a brand new school year, we hope this message finds you healthy and safe. We are pleased to continue to provide immunization services to your school community as long as COVID-19 response measures allow.
When schools closed in March 2020, our school-based immunization program was unable to continue. School immunization teams were redeployed to respond to the unfolding COVID-19 crisis and school immunization services have been on pause for the past 6 months.

Due to this suspension in service, you will notice some changes to our program this year as we attempt to “catch-up”:
1.   Students in grade 6 in the 2019-2020 school year (now in grade 7) who did not complete their Hepatitis B (HBV) and/or Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series will be immunized within the school setting. We will only immunize those students with a signed consent form from the previous school year(s).
 
2.   Students in other grades where an immunization consent form was signed in the previous school year(s) will be immunized in the school setting in order to complete any outstanding immunization series.
If you do not wish your child to complete their immunization series or your child was immunized privately within the past 6 months, please contact your school’s designated Community Health Centre.

More information will be available in the coming weeks regarding school-based immunizations for our target grade 6 and 9 students. Public Health is developing strategies to address access to immunization for those students who chose to forgo in-class learning this school year.
Continuing with routine immunization programs ensures that our provincial immunization rates remain high and vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks are unable to occur. We look forward to working with our school communities again to help keep students healthy.
Important Dates in November
On November 11th, all Programs are closed for Remembrance Day.
 
On November 23rd, there is a PD Day. There will be no classes for School or ECS that day.
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