In response to being placed on “watch” status by Alberta Health Services, both the city of Spruce Grove and the town of Stony Plain have activated their Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw.
This means that it is mandatory for members of the public, who are not exempt, to wear a face covering or mask at all times while in an indoor, enclosed or substantially enclosed public place or in a public vehicle. Exemptions under the bylaw include children under the age of 10 and those who are not able to wear a face covering due to a mental or physical concern or limitation.
Parkland School Division families have been steadfast in following national, local and in-school protocols to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. Now, more than ever, participation is needed by going one step further and wearing a mask in and around the community, as specified under the bylaw.
Since face coverings are now required at more places and in more situations than before, students are reminded to be prepared by always carrying a mask with them. Routine tasks such as heading out to buy lunch or leaving school for the day require extra thought about the places that might be visited and whether mask use will be required there. It is also important to remember that some people may be unable to wear a mask for various reasons. In these situations, it is best not to make assumptions.
The bylaw is in effect until further notice. Once the “watch” status is removed, the bylaw will remain active for 30 days following the change in designation.
In-School Mask Use Remains in Effect
Mandatory mask use is still required for students in Grades 4 through 12, as well as all school staff. Staff are required to wear masks in all settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained, and students are required to wear them in all shared and common areas, such as hallways and on buses. Mask use for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students continues to be optional. Please refer to Parkland School Division’s Mask Protocol.