Sherwood Park, AB. — On Thursday, September 2, the EIPS Board of Trustees passed motions changing the Division’s masking mandate for students, staff and visitors.
The Board voted to temporarily suspend its previous motion (116/2021, Option 2) which stated students, staff and visitors in grades 7-12 weren’t required to wear masks if the full immunization rate in their community were greater than 70 per cent. Instead, as of Sept. 3, 2021, all students, staff and visitors in kindergarten to Grade 12 divisionwide, except those with medical exemptions, must wear masks.
“In light of the alarming rise of infection rates in the areas we serve, and in alignment with the recent decisions of Strathcona County, other municipalities and school divisions in Alberta, we are confident these changes are essential in protecting everyone who learns and works within our Division—not to mention the broader community,” says Trina Boymook, Board Chair. “It is in the best interest of students and staff, to whom we owe a legislated duty of care, to take steps necessary to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and in so doing, help avoid potential disruptions to learning that proved so difficult for our students during the past two school years.”
The Board of Trustees, along with senior administration, will continue to monitor the public health situation and adjust the Division’s operating guidelines as necessary.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Laura McNabb, Director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902