Previous public health protocols
Public Health Protocols as of January 28, 2022
The government announced new public health orders that take effect January 28, 2022 at noon: “residents who receive a positive test result on a PCR or rapid antigen test will be required to self-isolate for five days, regardless of vaccination status. You are required to self-isolate for five days from the date of test or 24 hours after fever has resolved without the aid of fever-reducing medications and all other symptoms have been improving for at least 48 hours, whichever is later.”
Parents/caregivers will no longer be required to report positive cases to their schools, as such, we will no longer be reporting student case counts. Your student has access to rapid test kits in our office if your family requires any.
Please note absences of any kind must still be reported to the school. Please email email@example.com as per the usual procedure. Students should not attend school if feeling unwell or showing any symptoms of COVID-19.
As a school, we are continuing with the following precautions:
- Proof of vaccination/negative tests will still be required of all employees and all campus guests, and at high school games and events.
- Masking is still required in all indoor spaces.
- We will continue with remote chapel and a second lunch space in the Merlis Belsher Heritage Centre.
- Plexiglas desk shields in classrooms will remain up for the time being.
Zoom access: Until Family Week, students who are isolating at home because of COVID-like symptoms will be allowed to use Zoom to access their classrooms. Students will be provided with relevant Zoom meeting codes by their teachers and will be expected to join the Zoom meetings promptly at the beginning of each class. But after Family Week, Zoom access will no longer be available.
Proof of Vaccination
Effective Monday, November 22, 2021, guests and visitors are required to provide proof of vaccination or negative rapid antigen test to access campus. Details are here.
There is currently no requirement for students to be vaccinated in order to attend Luther College High School, although vaccination is encouraged.
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
- Students are encouraged to follow all Ministry of Health recommended vaccinations and to get fully vaccinated.
- All employees must provide proof of vaccination or negative test.
- Staff and students are strongly encouraged to stay home and get tested when exhibiting any COVID symptoms.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.