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Update for Families - Enhanced Measures at Our School

Dear Colleen & Gordie Howe Middle families,

Last week, our Superintendent shared all students will return to school on January 10, 2022, after an extended winter break, allowing schools to adapt to the impacts of the Omicron variant that is affecting our province.

Over the last few days, our school has been busy preparing continuity of learning plans and enhanced safety measures in advance of students returning to school on Monday. It is with this letter that we wanted to remind families of our ongoing measures and share the enhanced protocols we are implementing to keep students and staff safe.

Health & Safety Measures

Guidelines and existing protocols that have succeeded in minimizing the spread of the virus in schools include:

  • Doing daily health checks and staying home when sick.
  • Encouraging everyone who is eligible to get fully vaccinated.
  • Using available space to spread out and to respect the personal space of others.
  • Wearing masks in accordance with the Provincial Health Officer Order on Face Coverings.
  • Cleaning hands regularly.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces at least once a day.

Our schools new enhanced health and safety measures will also include:

  • All assemblies will be virtual. 
  • Students lining up outside their designated doors.
  • Changerooms will be closed.
  • Assigned outdoor break areas will continue.
  • Reconfiguration of classroom seating.
  • Only essential visitors in the building.
  • Teachers will walk students in the hallways.
  • Transitions between classrooms will be limited.

Next Steps

The health and safety of students, staff and our entire Colleen & Gordie Howe Middle community remains a priority and it is imperative that we all make every effort to keep each other safe. As we continue to support one another to remain healthy this winter, we remind you to conduct a daily health check for your child and keep them home if they are experiencing any symptoms.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your ongoing understanding and cooperation.


Christine Abbot & Elizabeth Smoes

Current until: Friday, February 11th, 2022
Posted: Friday, January 7th, 2022