Important updates regarding COVID-19

UPDATED: September 28, 2020

SYMPTOMS of COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to those for influenza or other respiratory illnesses. Anyone who has the following symptoms are legally required to self-isolate and should be tested for COVID-19:

  • Fever
  • New onset of cough or worsening of chronic cough
  • New or worsening of shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose

If you are not tested for COVID-19, you MUST self-isolate for 10 days following the start of these symptoms or until the symptoms go away (which ever is longer).

People with other symptoms are also recommended to be tested. These include:

  • Chills
  • Painful swallowing
  • Stuffy nose
  • Headache
  • Muscle or joint ache
  • Feeling unwell
  • Fatigue or severe exhaustion
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea 
  • Unexplained loss of appetite
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye). 

If you have these secondary symptoms, it is strongly advised that you stay home and minimize contact with others until you are feeling better. Complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment for more information. 

The following procedures will be in place at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts to ensure we are complying with COVID-19 guidelines and reducing the chance of spreading the virus:

  • Anyone entering the facility MUST wear a face mask
  • Participants are asked to enter through the front doors. Please limit one parent entering with your child/children if you are dropping off for a program
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the front door and we ask that you sanitize before entering the building
  • Parents are to drop their child/ren at their designated room and then immediately leave through the side entrance. Signage will be provided.
  • In the classroom, participants are to wear masks when 2M distancing is not possible. Instructors will wear masks if required to support one-on-one instruction that breaks the 2M barrier
  • All students (in a classroom setting) will have their own work space and all surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized before and after classes
  • Anyone showing signs of being ill with flu-like symptoms will NOT be permitted to attend the class. Please be respectful.
  • Parents/Guardians are asked to monitor the health of their children using the AHS Daily Screening  Questionnaire for Students.  A “Yes” answer to any of the questions will mean the child must stay home and the parent will be required to complete the AHS COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to determine whether the child should be tested for COVID-19.  All staff, volunteers, and visitors to the school will also be required to use the questionnaire to assess their health before entering school.

General COVID-19 Information

Prevention

There are two important ways to prevent and control respiratory viruses in community school settings:

The first is for community members who are ill with respiratory illness symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue, and/or muscle aches) to stay home and not attend scheduled activities. If you (or your child) is not feeling well, we ask that you stay home to recover.

The second way to prevent and control respiratory viruses is the consistent practice of good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene. Good respiratory etiquette includes covering the mouth and nose during coughing or sneezing with a tissue or a flexed elbow and disposing of used tissues in a plastic-lined waste container, followed by hand hygiene. Hand hygiene is the washing of hands with plain soap and water, which is effective at removing visible soil as well as viruses. We are enhancing our communication to community members about hand-washing, sneeze/cough etiquette, and preventing illness – including new signage and supplies within our facilty.

REMINDER: Masks are not necessary for people who are not experiencing symptoms. In children in particular, masks can be irritating and may actually increase touching of the face and eyes, which increases the risk of infection. Children who have symptoms should be kept home rather than relying on masks.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Regular cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces (e.g., door handles, water fountain push buttons) helps prevent the transmission of viruses. Our facility has asked our custodial services to focus attention on daily cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces at all of our school sites.

Food Sharing

Participants should not be sharing food, utensils, dishes, and water bottles or drink containers. Although this practice is important for preventing exposures to allergens, it is equally important in reducing virus transmission between people.

Psychological Considerations

A new virus such as the COVID-19 can create anxiety and be difficult for people to understand, especially if someone they know is sick, or they see or hear troubling messages on the radio, internet or television. It is normal for people to feel worried and nervous and have questions.

You can support your family by reassuring them about their personal safety and health:

Limit their access to news and online stories about the issue.
Maintain a normal routine unless otherwise advised by an authority.
Encourage them to talk to you about their concerns.
Reassure them they are safe.
Advise them of steps they can take to stay healthy:
~Wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing the ABC’s to measure time), especially after coughing or sneezing.
~Cough and sneeze into arm or tissue.
~Stay home if they are not feeling well.
~Keep hands away from face and mouth.
~Stay healthy by eating healthy foods, keeping physically active, and getting enough sleep.

Health Information

Contact 8-1-1 (Health Link) or your health care provider for questions about your personal health situation.

Please note: SECPA does not have the authority to make public health decisions. If steps are taken in relation to a public health concern, it is at the direction of the Alberta Health Services and local health authorities. SECPA, in conjunction with Fort McMurray Catholic Schools, is in regular communication with Alberta Education, Alberta Health Services, and school divisions across the province. At this time, school divisions have not been directed to take steps in relation to coronavirus and SECPA will follow the lead of the Fort McMurray Catholic School Division.

For further updates from Alberta Health Services please visit https://fmcschools.ca/covid-19-information/