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News Release: FMPSD Updates COVID Protocols Including Mandatory Masking in Common Areas

News Release: FMPSD Updates COVID Protocols Including Mandatory Masking in Common Areas

(Fort McMurray, AB, September 2, 2021) With local hospital ICU rates reported at 167 per cent, overall vaccination rate within the city of 58 per cent, and 10 per cent positivity rate, Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) is updating COVID protocols in response to these local conditions. As a result, we are reintroducing mandatory masking for grades 4 to 12 while in school indoor common areas, such as hallways. These changes will take effect on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Mask use remains highly encouraged in class and outdoor locations. 

Aligned with past health recommendations, students in ECDP, Kindergarten and grades 1 to 3 are highly encouraged to wear a mask while in common areas of the school. All staff ECDP-12 are required to wear a mask, while in indoor common areas of the school. 

Once students and staff are within their assigned classrooms, masks will remain highly recommended. Masks remain mandatory on yellow school buses and city transit as required by the Chief Medical Officer. 

“The safety and health of our students and staff remain a priority. We are continuously monitoring local numbers, and adapting accordingly. Thank you parents/guardians, and our staff for remaining flexible, and understanding as we continue to navigate the fluidity of this pandemic,” noted Jennifer Turner, Superintendent, FMPSD. 

The following protocols are in effect:

Student, Staff and Visitors

  • Students in ECDP, Kindergarten, grades 1-3 are highly encouraged to wear a mask while in common areas of the school.
  • Students in grades 4-12 are required to wear a mask while in indoor common areas of the school. (update) 
  • All staff ECDP - 12 are required to wear a mask while in indoor common areas of the school. (update)
  • Once students and staff are within their assigned classrooms, masks will remain highly recommended.
  • This increase above the five core provincial preventative measures will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. In the event the numbers demonstrate a declining pattern over time, masks will return to a highly recommended status. 
  • We ask that all students, staff and visitors use the daily screening checklist.

For more information, please contact:

Dawn Booth

Communications Coordinator

Fort McMurray Public School Division

W: 780-788-8009  

C: 780-972-2407

dawn.booth@fmpsd.ab.ca