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WCPS schools to include mandatory masking following new provincial restrictions

Masking will be mandatory for students Grades 4-12.

School districts that had previously decided against a mandatory masking policy for classrooms are now reminding parents and guardians that things have changed. Effective Sept. 16, 2021, the Government of Alberta mandated that masks come back into classrooms across the province.

Now, WCPS staff and students are required to wear masks in school. Masking will be mandatory for students in Grades 4-12, and recommended for students Grades K-3.

“We will be reviewing all the new measures imposed by the Alberta Government and commit to you further communication in the days ahead with additional guidance in relation to these measures,” said Superintendent of Wolf Creek Public Schools Tim De Ruyck, in an letter to WCPS parents and guardians.

“Thank you for your cooperation and partnership as we continue to work to ensure the health and safety of all students, staff and families.”

Elementary schools are to implement class cohorting as well.

At this time masks and social distancing are not mandatory for youth under 18-year-old while engaged in physical activity or outside, such as gym class and recess.

In response to the new restrictions, indoor sports, recreation, and performance activities are permitted in schools, however, individuals will have to maintain a two-metre social distance from one another where possible.

Spectator attendance at these activities is restricted to 1/3 fire code capacity and limited to households or two close contacts for those living alone. All attendees must social distance and be masked.

Wolf Creek Public Schools