Dear QEHS community,
Hub organization is complete, for the first semester, and teachers are making the final adjustments to routines and protocols, thank you for your patience and understanding to all the changes both in the hub online and face-to-face instructions. Within our building, students are doing a great job at following mask protocols, we do have the odd student who needs reminders but they are few and far between. Hand sanitizing and frequent hand washing are helping to reduce the opportunity for community spread. One place we are struggling with is having students follow Covid protocols outside, before and after school: please remind your child that if they are within 2m of any of their peers they should be wearing their mask.
As was messaged last week, all athletic teams and extra-curricular clubs have been paused at this time. We know that these types of extra activities are beneficial to individual students as well as building school culture but unfortunately they are not feasible at this time due to Covid protocol restrictions, rotating absences of teachers and students, as well as the requirements for both face-to-face teaching and online support for student learning. We will continue to focus on our central purpose: supporting instruction of the curriculum and supporting student well being.
As with all positive cases in schools, QEHS was visited by an Alberta Health Services health inspector who reviewed our processes and protocols in relation to Covid-19. I am happy to report that the inspector was very impressed with how we have safety measures set up at our school to reduce the risk of transmission. We are awaiting his final report to see if there are areas we can improve on. Thank you for all the emails of support we have received and as always please do not hesitate to contact us with concerns.
We are also pleased to be introducing our new Knights Notes. This will be a weekly School Messenger e-mail that will come to parents/guardians on Wednesday afternoons. With the intent of streamlining communication of QEHS events and information and reducing school messenger emails, we will provide a weekly update of events and important information.
Our official virtual parent/student/teacher conferences are occurring in late November but please do not hesitate to contact your child's teachers should you have any questions or concerns about their learning. We are moving to a more ongoing communication model where conversations can be initiated by either the parent/guardian or the school. Please check PowerSchool for updated assessments and D2L/Brightspace for the current work students are engaged in.