COVID19 Update (August 1 2020):


The province has announced Scenario 1 meaning “near-normal” school operations. As most of you probably already know, this has caused quite the debate among parents and I suspect there will be some modifications to the school re-entry plans from the government prior to school actually starting. 

However, we do not expect too many changes to our own re-entry plan based on what we know right now.


Highlights of our Changemaker School COVID19 efforts:

  1. We are focusing on cohorting rather than masking. We already planned on having an average regular class size of 12 with very spacious classrooms. We are already set up as small, full-time cohorts and each division has its own entrances, exits and bathrooms and our student common areas are outdoors.

  2. As our entire school is capped at 50 students and each class will have an average of 12 students, if the government announced a switch to scenario 2 we should not have to make any major modifications. 

  3. As an outdoor focused school much of our time will be spent outdoors. We will have outdoor classrooms with heaters in the winter. Gym and music classes were already planned to be outdoors for most of this year.

  4. We have installed automatic touchless UVC germicidal-LED switch lights, UV light hand dryers and automatic soap dispensers in each bathroom and have budgeted for more soap and more hand sanitizer.

  5. We have hired an incredible individual to fully manage the cleaning/sanitization/disinfection of our school daily. 

  6. We have made an effort to replace most of our seating, rugs and pillow fabrics with wipeable/washable vinyl or marine fabric material and have added removable chair covers that can be easily washed for anything that can't be wiped down. We have a washer and dryer in our school building for washing fabric materials as needed.

  7. We will be issuing parents with a modified school supply list for so that every student will have their own personal items to limit the sharing of high-touch materials. 

  8. We have established a collaborative culture that includes teachers and staff working together to cover sick leaves and to support at-home learning for children who are sick. We have in-house certified substitute teachers as well. 

  9. Finally, we have a clearly laid out re-entry plan posted on our website that balances mental health needs with physical health needs that was carefully created with Alberta Health guidelines in mind and in consultation with our parents, students and faculty. Please review our re-entry plan on our handbooks page.