COVID Protocols - Fall 2021

COVID Protocols - Fall 2021 Return to School

The priority with all decisions is keeping students, employees and visitors as safe as possible. Our COVID guidelines for this fall start up are in keeping with the Government of Saskatchewan 2021-2022 Safe Schools Plan and the Living with COVID: Long-Term COVID-19 Precautions Updated documents.

Update to Public Health Orders as of September 17, 2021:

Due to the rise in COVID cases in Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Education increased the requirements for Mandatory Isolation and Masking.  In view of these amendments and in combination with the Ministry of Health’s Public Health Order for Mandatory Isolation, the process below will take effect September 23, 2021.  All other major guidelines remain unchanged at this point:

If your student is exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, excuse your student from classes and do one of the following:

  1.      Contact 811
  2.      Proceed to COVID Drive-thru Testing at Evraz Place

 Symptoms of COVID include:

runny nose

fatigue

conjunctivitis

nasal congestion

fever

diarrhea

cough

chills

nausea

shortness of breath

headache

vomiting

difficulty breathing

sore throat

loss of appetite

dizziness

muscle / joint pain

loss of sense of taste /smell

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) will determine the date your student is permitted to return to campus.  Please continue to report student absences to lutherhs@luthercollege.edu on a daily basis and include your student’s return date once it has been established by SHA.


For as long as COVID is a community health concern, Luther will strive to provide students who are experiencing or isolating due to positive COVID test results with access to online classes. Please continue to notify us by emailing the Main Office at lutherhs@luthercollege.edu.  Within 24 hours, the Main Office will email your student the teacher Zoom links and any changes to daily class schedules.  Parents will be required to keep the Main Office informed of the anticipated return date.  Access to online classes will end once a student has been symptom-free for 48 hours and is cleared to return to in-person learning.  Students waiting for access to online classes are advised to contact their teachers or check their Google Classrooms to keep up with their studies.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority will notify Administration of students who test positive and contact tracing will begin.

Students experiencing non-COVID-related illnesses should be excused from classes by parents and are advised to contact their teachers/Google Classrooms to keep up with their studies and assignments.  Access to online classes cannot be provided to non-COVID-related absences. This is consistent with how we approached absences prior to the pandemic.

We also would like to make you aware of two additional government resources regarding testing, vaccinations and accessing medical records:

  • Information on COVID testing and results can be found here.
  • You can also create online accounts allowing one access to confidential health information at ehealthsask including mature minors (those 14 to 18).

Procedures as of September 2, 2021

Access to online classes

  • Online classes are offered to students who test positive for COVID; or,
  • For students who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive and have been informed by the SHA that they must self-isolate for longer than 48 hours.

Vaccinations and Symptoms

  • Eligible staff and students are encouraged to avail themselves of all Ministry of Health recommended vaccinations and to get fully vaccinated.
  • Staff and students are strongly encouraged to stay home and get tested when exhibiting any COVID symptoms.

Distancing

  • Large group gatherings will be avoided where possible.
  • Chapel will either be offered virtually or all in attendance will be required to wear masks, except speakers and performers who will be kept at least 3 meters from others.
  • Students will be assigned tables and seating in classes and in the cafeteria where possible in order to expedite contact tracing if required
  • Both the Belsher Centre and cafeteria will continue to be available for lunch.
  • Plexiglas dividers are available for teachers with larger classes or health concerns.

Mask Use

  • Masks are required everywhere indoors where physical distancing can’t be maintained, including many classrooms, the student commons, the hallways, the lunch serving line, etc.
  • No masks need to be worn outside, while sitting down for lunch, when physical distancing can be maintained or when alone in a room of any size.

Guests and Visitors on Campus

  • Visitors on campus are required to wear a mask and sanitize their hands upon entry.  If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you in the main office.
  • Guests on campus must sign in on the main office visitor log should contact tracing be required.
  • If you are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, please delay your visit until you have been symptom free for 48 hours.
  • If you need to contact faculty or staff, visit our directory.

Extracurricular and Group Sizes

  • Co-Curricular programming (arts, athletics, etc.) can resume.  Events such as the musical and LIVT can proceed with unlimited capacity but that may change with short notice.
  • Overnight trips and activities are strongly discouraged.

Sanitization

  • Last year’s sanitization routines and procedures will be continued by maintenance.
  • Thermometers will be available at both main entrances.  Hand sanitization stations will be available throughout the campus

Contact Tracing and Remote Learning

  • If and when cases are identified, Luther will continue to be notified by public health officials in order to inform students and parents.
  • Contact tracing will continue to occur, and unvaccinated close contacts may be directed to self-isolate as deemed appropriate by public health. 
  • Luther will offer remote learning only for valid COVID reasons or due to student visa processing issues related to COVID.  Further updates will follow by early next week.

We will continue to consult frequently with our Medical Health Officers and our campus nurse.  As always, we will continue to base our decisions in accordance with the SHA guidelines, putting the safety of our students, faculty, and staff and their families first.